Part 2 of 2. If you missed the first installment click here: Mike McIntyre Suffers Loss Of Long-Time Supporters To GOP Nominee Ilario Pantano
Published on: 13th September, 2010
They were convinced that Ilario Pantano, a conservative Republican and former combat U.S. Marine officer, better represented their beliefs and vision for America.
By Verne Strickland, Carolina Talk Network
In the summer of 2009, Doug and Peggy Murray began to seriously question their support of seven-term Congressman Mike McIntyre, a Democrat from the Seventh Congressional District.
Their association with Lumberton native McIntyre had been both a social and political experience. They belonged to the same Presbyterian church. Their lives touched in many meaningful ways.
The Murrays are Republican, but had voted for Democrat McIntyre throughout his seven terms in the U.S. Congress, and had made contributions to his campaigns.
But the relationship was perceptively eroding – and in a way that concerned the Murrays deeply.
“Mike was our Lumberton friend and Congressman and we were pleased to support him”, Peggy noted, “but I believe I witnessed a change in Mike over the years – a real or imagined air of conceit or arrogance. Perhaps Mike has become too comfortable with the Washington lifestyle and the intoxication of power it sometimes evokes. In any event I believe there has been somewhat of a disconnect between Mike and the people back home.”
Doug was disappointed by McIntyre’s disdain for his own pledge to limit his stay in Congress to six terms. The incumbent now is serving a seventh term, and fighting hard to retain the Seventh District Seat for an eighth term.