David Rouzer, a candidate for North Carolina’s 7th
Congressional District, traveled to Wilmington with U.S. Majority Leader Eric
Cantor of Virginia on Monday, Feb. 17 for two campaign fundraisers, prompting
criticism from opposing candidate and New Hanover County Commission Chairman
During a press conference in front of the first stop, Rouzer
said he talked with Cantor and Congressman Patrick McHenry of the North
Carolina’s 10th Congressional District about beach renourishment,
inlet and waterway dredging and flood insurance issues facing the coastal
“You have many who are experiencing huge hikes in premiums
for flood insurance,” Rouzer said. “They’re currently deliberating a bill in
Congress now to address some of those issues. I’ve explained to him that that
is a very, very critical and important issue here in this part of the state, in
particular here in our coastal communities. … When you have huge increases in
premiums and when it’s an incredible increase over a very short period of time
that has a very negative economic impact on this area.”
He said it was almost exactly two years ago when he filed to
run for Congress against Mike McIntyre, losing by a narrow 655 votes with more
than 300,000 votes cast.
“It was about two years ago, almost exactly, when I filed
for office to run for Congress,” Rouzer said. “And I did so for the same reason
that I’ll soon be filing to run for office for Congress in 2014, and that is I
firmly believe that we have a four to five-year window of opportunity to turn
this country around.”
Cantor said he supported Rouzer before White announced he
was running for the congressional seat, but added it is uncommon for him to get
involved in primary races.
“He’s from the district, he understands the issues
throughout,” Cantor said. “He understands the coastal issues that plague the
residents here along the ocean.”
White held a press conference on the corner of Walnut and
North Front streets in front of Cape Fear Community College one hour prior to
Rouzer’s conference, criticizing Cantor for voting among 28 Republicans and 193
Democrats on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to increase the federal debt ceiling.
“It wasn’t just an ordinary vote, it was a vote that caved
into Obama and his allies,” White said. “… David Rouzer today is at a
fundraiser with Majority Leader Eric Cantor. I would have suggested to Mr.
Cantor, thank you but no thanks. And instead of raising campaign cash, I would
have stood on principle.”
He said the location of the press conference and the
students standing behind him represented that without spending being cut, the
burden is shouldered by students at CFCC and other schools in the country.
Rouzer released a statement saying that he would not have
voted in favor of increasing the debt ceiling.
The full story will be printed Thursday, Feb. 20.