Wednesday, August 28, 2013

David Rouzer pulls together campaign team to have another go at Mike McIntyre.

Verne Strickland / Raleigh Conservative Examiner / August 29, 2013

North Carolina: Rouzer to Seek Rematch Against McIntyre

North Carolina: Rouzer to Seek Rematch Against McIntyre
David Rouzer, a Republican, will run for Congress again (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former state Sen. David Rouzer will make another run for North Carolina’s 7th District, according to the Charlotte News Observer, setting up a rematch against Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., in 2014.

McIntyre edged out Rouzer by 654 votes, the closest margin of any House race in the 2012 cycle. The ballot counting went past Election Day. It was the last congressional race to be called, in late November.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named McIntyre to its “Frontline” incumbent retention program earlier this month.

N.C. GOP House Hopeful Signs New, Old Team | Shop Talk

The new team includes two recent National Republican Congressional Committee officials and some returning players from his 2012 team. McIntyre defeated Rouzer in 2012 by about 700 votes and the race is rated a Pure Tossup  by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • General Consultant: Brock McCleary of Long Nyquist & Associates. McCleary was the NRCC’s 2012 polling director/deputy political director; he left the committee not long after last year’s elections.
  • Media/digital consultants: Brad Todd and Guy Harrison of On Message, Inc. Harrison was the NRCC’s 2012 cycle executive director.
  • Senior adviser: Bob Rosser of Impact Strategies
  • Pollster Nicole McCleskey of Public Opinion Strategies
  • Finance director: Sarah Hill Waters
  • Communications director: Jessica Wood of Majority Connections