N.C. congressman to step down after term
January 26th, 2012
03:32 PM ET
2 years ago

N.C. congressman to step down after term

(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Brad Miller of North Carolina announced Thursday he won't seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

The five-term congressman represents the state's 13th Congressional District, which was split up six ways in a recent redistricting process.

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Faced with a new map that now pits him against Rep. David Price, Miller said he wouldn't try to challenge the longtime Democratic incumbent.

Miller acknowledged he would be the underdog in a Democratic primary fight against Price, who already represents parts of the new district.

"I have begun campaigns in the past as the underdog, and campaigned with great energy, enthusiasm and joy," Miller said in a statement. "There would be no joy in the campaign."

Saying he and Price "have generally been friends and allies in the past," Miller conceded the two have "important differences."

Miller has been an active advocate for financial reform and introduced legislation that was later included in the financial reform bill signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.

"I will continue those fights for the next eleven months, and I hope beyond," Miller said.

Miller's announcement came the same day North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, also made her decision against a re-election bid.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • House • North Carolina
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Democrat extinction continues....

    (WOW! able to use this one TWICE today!)
    A VERY good day indeed!!

    January 26, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Yeah, the Democrats are going to "take back the House"??!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
    Heck, you won't even be able to replace all the rats jumping ship, let alone get more DemocRATs on the ship!
    Of course, the Democrats are just saying this to scam money from the clueless Democrat supporters.
    The Democrat leaders know they are going down BIG TIME again in 2012. But they have to try and maintain the illusion, or is it the delusion?

    January 26, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Every day we lose a democrat, is another victory for fascism.

    January 26, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    @ Truth - Are you really understanding of what is going on? You seem to, dare I say it, hate anyone that isn't you. That strikes me as being as far from truth as you can get. Strict adherance to ideology has crippled Congress and civility in the country. We need to respectfully disagree. I find those out there that speak like you of questionable patriotism. Advance the country first and leave the ideology to later and those that have no vision.

    January 26, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Every day we lose a leftist democrat, is another victory for America.

    January 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    "The Democrat extinction continues...."

    I guess we can add demographics to the long list of subjects you know nothing about.

    January 26, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Fran

    It surprises me that Mitt Romney and his supporters would raise this issue — when Mitt by his own admission voted for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale who opposed my father, and later supported liberal Democrat Paul Tsongas for president.

    January 26, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. gt

    but obama is coming to support you ...oh well..

    January 26, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Independent in NC

    The Republicans control the State Legislature and redrew the districts favoring Republicans. In some of the Congressional Districts people that live across the street from each other are in different districts. There is a court challenge to the way the districts were drawn. Republicns were swept into office here promising jobs. So far they have done nothing but work on social issues. The Republicns here are just like the ones in Washington, they have done nothing the past year. They have held secret votes after midnight and have back stabbed our Governor. Today our Governon decided she would not seek re-election. We have nothing but a bunch of good ole boys in our State house that hate women and minorities.To those of you that trash the Democrats remember they are the ones that want your Grandparents to receive Medicare and Social Security so you don't have to take care of them. Vote Republican if you want but get ready to forget about everything you have become used to that our taxes pay for. I have lived in this state my entire 60 plus years and the republicans have not controlled our state house for 100 years. This past year has set us back to the 50's. They will be voted out this year.

    January 26, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Archy Cary

    The more old, tired, loser GOP hacks come out against Newt, the better I'm starting to like him.

    January 26, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Fla Pete

    @truth,ya don't seem to get it,people are tired of your and other Repub lip service.Bush had 8 screwed up years,Barack is on 3 years fixing Bushs screw-UPS.The redistricting going on now will evenually blow up in the Repubs faces,people will wake up and pour their koolaid down the sink,then say bye bye to all of those hypocrital Repub rejects.

    January 26, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |