Del Pietro withdraws from Congressional race

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    WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Democrat Del Pietro has withdrawn from the race for Congress. Pietro planned to challenge incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in next year’s Democratic primary for the 7th District seat in the US House.

    In an e-mail, Pietro cited the recent comments of a McIntyre staff member as the reason for his withdrawl.

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    “The direct attacks of this past week from Congressman McIntyre’s staffer are an indication of what this campaign would be,” Pietro wrote. “I have a wonderful and very loving family and they do not deserve to be put through such a terribly unethical campaign as put forth by Congressman McIntyre and his staffer.”

    We spoke to Pietro on the phone this evening. He confirmed that he thought the race was becoming too dirty and he did not want to subject himself and his family to that environment any more.