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McIntyre one of two Democrats voting to defund Obamacare

North Carolina U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre was one of only two Democrats who joined House Republicans in voting to defund Obamacare on Friday.

Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah was the other.

Their votes allowed Republican leaders to declare it a bipartisan effort. OK….

Meanwhile, North Carolina Republicans Renee Ellmers, Robert Pittenger and Robert McHenry – despite earlier objections – went along with the GOP strategy to risk shutting down the federal government in a stalemate with the Senate.

McIntyre is once again in what will be an expensive and close battle against challenger David Rouzer, a former Republican state senator whom he defeated last time around.

Rouzer names campaign team

David Rouzer on Wednesday announced key members of his campaign for U.S. Congress.

Brock McCleary of Pennsylvania will be the campaign's general consultant. McCleary until last year held senior positions in the National Republican Congressional Committee. He has worked as communications director for U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry and has worked on other state and federal campaigns.

Bob Rosser, president of Impact Strategies in Raleigh, will be a senior adviser. Rosser is a longtime politico in North Carolina, dating back to Sen. Jesse Helms' campaigns. He has also worked for the state House and Senate Republican caucuses.

Nicole McClesky of Public Opinion Strategies will be the pollster. She has conducted focus groups for Republican campaigns, including Mitt Romney in 2012, and the Republican Governor's Association.

Brad Todd and Guy Harrison of the Virginia-based On Message Inc., will develop digital content for the campaign. Todd has consulted on the campaigns of Gov. Bobby Jindal and Gov. Jack Dalrymple, and members of congress. Harrison has been executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Sarah Hill Waters will be finance director and Jessica Wood communications director. Both worked on Rouzer's unsuccessful and highly expensive campaign in the 7th Congressional District last year.

Rouzer raising money at D.C. lobbying firm

UPDATED: Former state Sen. David Rouzer is hitting the donor circuit again in his second bid for Congress.

Rouzer traveled to Washington for a fundraiser Wednesday featuring Republican Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and the GOP members of the N.C. congressional delegation, according to an invite.

The noon fundraiser is at the offices of lobbying firm Meyers & Associates. It costs hosts $2,500 to attend with the minimum contribution at $250. A Rouzer spokesman said the space is being rented from the lobbying firm by the campaign.

Rouzer is trying again to beat Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre. He narrowly lost in the 2012 election and announced a second bid just a few months later.

Republicans launch early TV ad against Congressman Mike McIntyre

Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre already is facing fire from the Republican group that tried unsuccessfully to oust him in the 2012 election. The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Wednesday it is airing a new TV ad criticizing the 7th District lawmaker for his recent budget vote.

The move comes days after the NRCC-backed candidate from 2012, former state Sen. David Rouzer, said he would challenge McIntyre in 2014. The Democrat was the only to win a targeted congressional race in North Carolina last year. See the ad script below.

Congressman McIntyre may face Democratic primary challenger

National Republicans are gleefully cheering the news that Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre is likely to face a primary challenger.

New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, the only Democrat on the board, announced his candidacy Tuesday. “It’s right politically, as well as for my family right now,” he told the Wilmington Star-News. “My middle daughter will be in college next year and I talked to my wife about it and we agreed that now is the time."

“I wanted to put the word out now and let people know who I am and what I’m about. I wanted to let people know what my intentions are,” Barfield continued. “It’s always good to be out there first.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee's spokeswoman Katie Prill sent an email asking: "So is this the bittersweet end for Mike McIntyre? Not only has the NRCC announced that McIntyre will be a top target for the 2014 election cycle, now he is facing a tough primary challenge."

David Rouzer considering another Congressional bid that would start soon

The 2014 talk is starting and it's not just focused on which Republican will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

Republican David Rouzer is looking at another run at U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre's seat in the 7th Congressional District. Rouzer lost by 650 votes in a prolonged recount in November, the closest race in the nation, he said. McIntyre was the only Democrat to win a highly contested seat that received national attention.

Morning Roundup: Coble open to tax hikes, Perdue may revoke judicial order

Members of the N.C. congressional delegation say they’re ready to compromise on some hardened positions to reach a deal that would prevent the country from plunging over the “fiscal cliff.” Failing to reach an agreement by the end of the year would trigger tax hikes and massive cuts in spending on federal programs.

N.C. Rep. Howard Coble is the latest Republican who says he’s willing to buck one of the party’s sacrosanct pledges to not raise taxes. Read full story here.

More political headlines:

--N.C. Supreme Court Justice Patricia A. Timmons-Goodson, the first and only female African-American to serve on the state’s highest court, is resigning her position. Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat who will leave office after next month, is intent on making the replacement even though if it means she rescinds an executive order she signed to do it.

McIntyre says he's returning to work amid recount

Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre said Sunday he would return to Washington this week even as a recount looms in his re-election.

McIntyre finished 507 votes ahead of Republican David Rouzer in one of the most expensive congressional races in the nation.

His campaign manager said McIntyre would travel to the nation's capital Tuesday for his congressional duties."His commitment to the citizens and communities he represents is strong and solid," Lachlan McIntosh said in a statement. "We have a large team in place all over the 7th District as county Boards of Elections continue to review the provisional and absentee ballots.  We are confident our lead will continue and potentially grow -- and that our victory will stand.”

Morning Roundup: McIntyre feels like underdog in race against Rouzer

Democratic incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre has a target on his back, and big money from conservative super PACs is backing Republican challenger David Rouzer. Here's the story.

Libertarian candidate for governor Barbara Howe is running for election 5K by 5K across the state. Read about that.

Another ad to boost Rouzer portays McIntyre as 'Washington liberal'

 

YG Network, one of the outside interest groups injecting huge amounts of money into the race between Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre and Republican challenger David Rouzer – more than $740,000 so far – is out with a new TV commercial.

The ad, which began airing in the Triangle and Wilmington on Thursday, picks up on the dominant theme of the national Republican effort to unseat McIntyre: that the conservative Democrat is a liberal henchman for President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The spot features cartoon characters playing football.

“A master of the sneak, Mike McIntyre acts one way in North Carolina but in Washington he stars on the liberal team,” the ad says. It concludes with a heroic image of a cartoon Rouzer: “Vote for young, conservative star David Rouzer.”

YG Network reports spending nearly $1.3 million on this spot, which runs from Thursday to Nov. 5, and on another recent spot.

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