Smithfield Herald

Democrats, Republicans alike praise McIntyre

Here’s what others are saying about U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and his decision to retire from Congress this year:

President Barack Obama: “In his 17 years representing the people of North Carolina in the U.S. Congress, Mike McIntyre has been a strong advocate for our men and women in uniform and a key voice on issues that shape the lives of Americans in rural communities. He’s also been an active participant in the annual National Prayer Breakfast – a reflection of his deep faith. Michelle and I thank Congressman McIntyre for his service, and we wish him, his wife Dee and their two sons the very best in the future.”

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan: “As a tireless advocate for our service members and veterans, our farmers and our families, Mike has been a true champion for the people of Eastern North Carolina during his 17 years in Congress. From advocating for new community fire departments to promoting job growth and economic development – no task was ever too big or too small for him to take on. The 7th District is undoubtedly a better place because of his service. I thank Mike for his years of contributions to our state and wish him well in his next chapter.”

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, co-chairman of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition: “With the announcement of Congressman Mike McIntyre’s retirement, the U.S. House of Representatives loses a humble servant who dedicated his long career to serving his constituents and all Americans. A dogged fighter for rural Americans, veterans, members of the Armed Services and coastal residents of the Cape Fear Coast, Congressman McIntyre brought together leaders on both sides of the aisle to address the needs of the residents of his beloved North Carolina, which in turn benefited the country as a whole. On behalf of the Blue Dog Coalition and all members of Congress, we wish him and his family the very best.”

Rep. David Price: “Mike McIntyre has been a tremendously effective advocate for the 7th District and for all North Carolinians during his time in Congress. His brand of practical problem-solving has especially benefited Eastern North Carolina farmers, veterans and small businesses, and he has particularly stressed outreach to young people. Today, Eastern North Carolina communities have more resources to meet the needs of their people and the region is more vibrant and more economically diversified because of his hard work. These many achievements, and the partnerships he was instrumental in forming, will be a lasting legacy.”

N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller: “For over 18 years, Congressman McIntyre has served Eastern North Carolina with honor and distinction in the U.S. House. From championing economic development for the region, to fighting on behalf of our brave men and women in uniform, Congressman McIntyre has made the people of his district and North Carolina proud. Throughout his tenure, Mike has transcended politics as usual and produced real results for the people of the 7th Congressional District. We look forward to supporting Mike in this new chapter and thank him and his family for their service and advocacy on behalf of our state.”

N.C. Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope: “The NCGOP would like to thank Rep. McIntyre for his years of service to North Carolina, and we wish him and his family all the best. Even though Rep. McIntyre voted against Obamacare, the outrage over the disastrous consequences of the health-care law, as well as the rapidly declining popularity of President Obama and Kay Hagan, were too much for him to overcome.

David Rouzer, Republican candidate for Congress in the 7th Congressional District: “I have genuine respect and appreciation for the work Congressman Mike McIntyre and his staff have done to help countless individuals across southeastern North Carolina. He has been a tireless advocate for the local needs of the district during his time in office, and I personally appreciate his strong devotion to the Christian faith.”