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To the editor:
I am shocked that David Rouzer thinks he can be elected simply by having a new district drawn for himself.
As many of us know, the 7th Congressional District was gerrymandered by our state legislators, including David Rouzer, so it now includes Rouzer’s home county (Johnston) and excludes the majority of Mike McIntyre’s home county (Robeson) in a blatant effort to unseat the incumbent.
In fact, we can thank the newly drawn district for the outcome of the Republican primary this year. According to the N.C. Board of Elections, had it not been for overwhelming support from Johnston County, Rouzer would have lost the primary to Illario Pantano by more than 9,000 votes.
Is that how democracy works? What does it say about a candidate when he takes advantage of an unfair playing field to win? Are these the types of politicians we trust representing us in Congress? I think not. I refuse to vote for a candidate who tries to stack the deck in his favor before the race even begins.
I am a registered Republican and I supported Pantano in 2010 and would likely be doing the same this year if he were on the ballot. But instead, I will be voting for Mike McIntyre because I truly believe he is a man of integrity, not the type of politician who has to redraw district lines to be elected.