New N.C. Congressional map boosts GOP.
Statement from Pantano for Congress on Proposed New Congressional Districts
July 1, 2011
Wilmington, NC: For most the lines that define a congressional district are a bunch of insider politics that don’t put food on a table or pay a mortgage, but we have some good news about these new maps. They will finally give the citizens of southeastern North Carolina the conservative voice they deserve. While still subject to change, these maps demonstrate a logical conclusion that the region is well served by concentrating its coastal strength from Morehead City to Calabash. Matching communities with similar economic and conservative interests serves all of the citizens of South Eastern North Carolina that share the same bedrock principles and values that have made our country great and that Ilario will stand for in Congress.
We are confident that the citizens of the new 7th District will respond very positively to Ilario’s conservative message of JOB CREATION by reducing taxes and cutting regulations to spur private sector economic growth while at the same time putting an end to the runaway spending and crippling debt burden that threatens the prosperity of our families and future Generations. Ilario’s pro-growth message of government reform and private sector innovation will stand in sharp contrast to his opponent’s record of supporting the Obama stimulus, failing to support any budget or debt reduction plan, and his continued support for wasteful spending of money we don’t have paid for by debt from governments we don’t trust.
This weekend Congressman McIntyre is returning from a taxpayer paid luxury junket across Europe from Rome to Moscow to Lisbon where the official itinerary noted he and his wife were celebrating their wedding anniversary with all the perks of a Washington insider. Meanwhile, back here in southeastern North Carolina, where unemployment is in the double digits, Pantano will be spending time in 7 counties celebrating America's Independence with supporters and friends from all across the new district. A 4th of July stop will include Onslow County where Ilario served proudly as a Marine in two of our nation’s wars, the first Gulf War (1991) and Iraq in (2004).
Pantano, whose father legally immigrated to the United States from Italy and became a US citizen in 1976, is willing to give the congressman an Italian Lesson for free when he returns from spending our money overseas. Pantano will also be happy to share with the Congressman what he heard from his fellow citizens of Southeastern North Carolina about their concerns over unemployment, the debt, and out of control federal spending which has ballooned over his opponents fourteen years in Washington living highon the hog.
- Want to speak out on the plan?
- On the Web: View the maps, details
- N.C. lawmakers will hold a statewide public hearing on the proposed congressional districts on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9.
The hearing will be held through a video conference at sites from Collowhee to Wilmington. Speakers are limited to five minutes. For information on the hearing, call Erika Churchill or Kelly Quick at 919-733-2578.
The N.C. Museum of History, 1st floor auditorium, 5 East Edenton St., Raleigh.
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Cumberland Hall Room 3082201 Hull Road, Fayetteville.
UNC Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins Library, Room 143, 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte.
Appalachian State University, Anne Belk Hall, Interactive Video Services Classroom 023, 224 Joyce Lawrence Lane, Boone.
The map, released this afternoon, redraws the state's 13 congressional districts.
It maintains the state's two majority-minority districts and extends the 1st District, represented by Democrat G.K. Butterfield, into Wake County.
Democrat David Price's 4th District would snake all the way into Cumberland County.
It adds Republican voters to districts currently represented by Democratic Reps. Larry Kissell of Montgomery County, Heath Shuler of Haywood County, Brad Miller of Wake County and Mike McIntyre of Robeson County.
"Say Goodbye to Democrats Miller, Shuler and Kissell; McIntyre Fighting Chance," analyst John Davis headlined a news release on the proposed districts.
North Carolina currently has seven Democrats and six Republicans in its delegation. Republicans gained one seat last fall -- Renee Ellmers in the 2nd District -- to help the GOP take back control of the U.S. House.
Today's map is the first of three lawmakers will present. Proposed new legislative districts will be released July 11.
Republican Sen. Bob Rucho of Matthews, the Senate redistricting chair, downplayed the partisan advantage the map might give his party.
"What I think more than anything is they'll be districts that are competitive," he said. "Fair and legal districts that are competitive."