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October 25, 2014

Longtime Dems McIntyre, McCarthy to Retire (Updated) (Video)

Longtime Dems McIntyre, McCarthy to Retire (Updated) (Video)

(CQ Roll Call File Photos)

Updated 1:09 p.m. | Two longtime House Democrats — Reps. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina and Carolyn McCarthy of New York — will not seek re-election in 2014, according to multiple Democratic sources.

The duo of House Democrats mark the third in that caucus to announce he or she won’t return to Congress after 2014. Last month, vulnerable Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, announced he would not seek an 8th term, also nearly assuring Republicans will pick up his seat.

McIntyre was one of this cycle’s most vulnerable Democrats and his departure will likely allow the GOP to pick up his seat. Mitt Romney carried the 7th District a 19-point margin in 2012, while McIntyre won re-election by a slim margin.

Former state Sen. David Rouzer, who lost to McIntyre by just 654 votes in 2012, is running again this cycle. Prior to McIntyre’s retirement announcement, the 7th District was rated a Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

By comparison, McCarthy’s Long Island-based 4th District is much less of a political opportunity for Republicans. She won re-election in 2012 by a near 2-to-1 margin, and President Barack Obama carried the seat by 12 points in 2012.

McCarthy went public with her battle against lung cancer in June.

The Long Island local parties wield enormous power in selecting a congressional nominee, but in Roll Call’s recent look at the New York State Republican Farm Team, state operatives named state Sen. Jack Martins and Hempstead Councilman Anthony J. Santino as potential contenders in an open-seat race.

Democrats named Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice as a potential successor prior to McCarthy’s announcement.

McCarthy came to Congress in 1997 as a gun-control activist. Her husband was killed in 1993, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage on the Long Island commuter rail.

See all House retirements on Roll Call’s Casualty List.

  • don76550

    Never thought I would be a fan of lung cancer until I seen it associated with anti constitution McCarthy. Good Riddance.

    • JayfromBrooklyn

      I also do not like her politics, but wishing cancer on someone is despicable.

  • USMCJock

    So McCarthy is literally fighting for her life and you call that a situation where she was vulnerable? Does that work the same for the republican in Florida, who “suddenly” decided to retire too????

  • Silence DoGood

    An explanation of how to use the stock market as a means of saving. Let me know what you think. Good luck

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKlmA6katVc&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL5U_0Xj9MRPhRPldITDpM_E5PH_WzVZ16

  • JPTX

    When democrats start to LOOSE in the polls, they bail.

  • Mountain Vista

    While liberty is not democracy, democratic methods can support liberty where they offer us input into the decisions that affect our liberty.

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