Two longtime House Democrats to retire
January 8th, 2014
02:32 PM ET
11 months ago

Two longtime House Democrats to retire

Updated 8:15 p.m. ET, 1/8/2014

Washington (CNN) - Two longtime House Democrats–Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York and Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina–announced Wednesday they won't seek re-election in November.

Their decisions bring the total number of House Democratic retirements to three. On the other side of the aisle, nine House Republicans have announced they're retiring after 2014.

Democrats need to net 17 seats in order to win back the House.

Carolyn McCarthy

McCarthy said Wednesday in a statement she won't run for a 10th term representing her district in Long Island.

"I am very proud of the many accomplishments my colleagues and I have achieved, and am grateful to my family, my staff and all the countless volunteers and supporters with whom I have worked during my time in office," McCarthy said in a statement.

The congresswoman has been on a leave of absence lately as she undergoes treatment for cancer.

McCarthy got her start in politics by lobbying for gun control after her husband was killed and her son was injured in the Long Island Railroad Massacre of 1993. She was elected to office three years later.

President Barack Obama thanked McCarthy for her service, praising her as a "principled and compassionate" leader.

"In particular, she’s been at the forefront of the issue that brought her to Washington seventeen years ago: reducing and preventing gun violence. She was also instrumental in the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act to prevent future financial crises and has been a leading advocate for improving education, especially college affordability," Obama said in a statement.

After her announcement, the nonpartisan political handicapper Cook Political Report moved her district, NY-4, from a "solid" Democratic district to "leaning" Democratic.

Another political handicapper, The Rothenberg Political Report, predicts the district will remain "safe" for Democrats for now.

Rep. Steve Israel of New York, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, praised McCarthy and said that "Carolyn's successor will have big shoes to fill. We are confident that the people of this strongly Democratic seat will choose a replacement who will follow Carolyn's tradition of putting middle class families first and fighting for the safety of our schools and neighborhoods."

Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, described the New York seat as "competitive."

Mike McIntyre

Like McCarthy, McIntyre is also in his ninth term and won't run for re-election.

"My family and I are ready for a new chapter and excited about new opportunities to continue helping North Carolina," he said in a statement.

A Blue Dog Democrat, he's one of just a few white Southern Democrats remaining in Congress and tends to lean to the right on social issues.

McIntyre's district, NC-7, had been redrawn after the 2010 census to favor Republicans, and he barely survived re-election in 2012. His race against Republican David Rouzer went into a recount that lasted several weeks after Election Day. Rouzer ultimately conceded.

In a statement on McIntyre's retirement, Obama called the congressman a "strong advocate for our men and women in uniform and a key voice on issues that shape the lives of Americans in rural communities."

The Republican is challenging McIntyre again this year and released a statement praising the congressman as a "tireless advocate" for the district. He also vowed to work hard to win the seat this year.

"After falling just a handful of votes short in 2012, it is with great optimism that my supporters and I continue our mission to bring conservative leadership to Southeastern North Carolina," he said.

With McIntyre's retirement, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, said McIntyre's retirement "solidifies the extremely difficult road ahead for Democrats in 2014."

"This retirement announcement also proves that ObamaCare and its negative impact continues to burden Democrats in 2014 – even for Democrats who voted against the law like McIntyre and Matheson," Walden argued.

The Cook Political Report changed its prediction of the race from "leaning" Democrat" to a "likely" win for Republicans.

For its part, The Rothenberg Political Report changed its prediction from a "pure toss-up" to a race being "safe" for Republicans.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "This retirement announcement also proves that ObamaCare and its negative impact continues to burden Democrats in 2014 – even for Democrats who voted against the law like McIntyre and Matheson," Walden argued.
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    Here's another textbook example of how Republicans can lie throught teeth while speaking a partial truth. Yes, the man is retiring, but it has absolutely nothing to do with "ObamaCare." He's been there for 20 years, and wants to call it quits.

    January 8, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Look at what gerrymandering does to democracy. As far as republicans are concerned, majority rule doesn't mean squat.

    January 8, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    ""This retirement announcement also proves that ObamaCare and its negative impact continues to burden Democrats in 2014 – even for Democrats who voted against the law like McIntyre and Matheson,""

    Right, because numbers 2 and 3 retiring Dems, who both voted against the ACA and are both near retirement age, means pervasive problems in 2014 for all Dems that are 100% related to the ACA....but 9 retiring Teatrolls has nothing to do with their 6 year temper tantrum, obstructionism, brinksmanship, hostage taking, refusal to govern and public approval rating that is lower than the Dems' public approval rating.

    Can we just coin the phrase "Romney Landslide Syndrome" now and be done with it?

    January 8, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Mike

    Good Riddance!

    January 8, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    This nothing to do with any thing, just retirement after sixty. GOP is gone to dogs. Another stronger democrat comes to replace.

    January 8, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. dave

    Rudy NYC – Not one of the three credited authors are republicans, so your comment has not backing.

    January 8, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. CryBabies

    Lets hear the supportive spin from the left.

    January 8, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. shorething

    FINALLY, I have been trying to vote McCarthy out for years. She is the representative of my district. I wrote to her for problems of speeding and young children not being able to cross the street. As a representative of my district and someone who is a neighbor (used to be) I was not expecting to get the response "This is not my department on handling this issue" When I became an Eagle Scout she wrote me a letter how proud she was as she has known me most of my life. Because she refused to help me or even point me in the direction of who to speak with about the speeding issue on my block I wrote her back requesting that she stay home as no photo op will be granted to her. I am so happy she is done! AMEN! She has done nothing at all for the people she represented but she loved getting that paycheck and the prestige of being a member of Congress.

    January 8, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @dave
    Rudy NYC – Not one of the three credited authors are republicans, so your comment has not backing.
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    Walden is NRCC

    January 8, 2014 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. penguin

    Three Democrats are retiring and nine Republicans, yet someone claims the ACA is responsible for their retirement. Shows how some spin facts by not knowing what the facts are

    January 8, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -shorething

    FINALLY, I have been trying to vote McCarthy out for years. She is the representative of my district. I wrote to her for problems of speeding and young children not being able to cross the street. As a representative of my district and someone who is a neighbor (used to be) I was not expecting to get the response "This is not my department on handling this issue" When I became an Eagle Scout she wrote me a letter how proud she was as she has known me most of my life. Because she refused to help me or even point me in the direction of who to speak with about the speeding issue on my block I wrote her back requesting that she stay home as no photo op will be granted to her. I am so happy she is done! AMEN! She has done nothing at all for the people she represented but she loved getting that paycheck and the prestige of being a member of Congress.
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    If you had actually become an Eagle Scout, you would know that this type of responsibility ( people speeding through your neighborhood) is not her job, its the job of your Assembly rep and your town to deal with traffic enforcement. I guess when you did your Citizenship merit badges, you must have neglected to read the parts about what is a local or national responsibility. Second, be greatful that she even wrote you a letter expressing her pride in your accomplishment. I think you forgot the reasons why she ran, and if you were her neighbor I'm sure you remember when her husband was killed and her son injured in the Long Island Train massacre, or did you conveniently forget that?

    January 8, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. just saying

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    --
    Look at what gerrymandering does to democracy. As far as republicans are concerned, majority rule doesn't mean squat.
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    democrats invented gerrymandering so minorities would be guaranteed seats. do you want to get rid of those gerrymandered districts as well?

    btw, we are not a democracy. we are a democratic republic. the founding fathers knew mob rule was not a good thing. it figures leftists would support mob rule where the rights of the minority are trampled.

    January 8, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Donna

    Hoipefully they can be replaced with Republicans. Congress has far too many lying deceitful Demorcats that blindly follow their leftist ideology instead the will of the people that elected them to office.

    January 8, 2014 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    shorething, why would you contact a State representative for a local traffic issue? The LOGICAL first step would have been to call your town's traffic management division, and if you get no response, the next up the food chain would have your City Councilmember or Mayor. How did you not know that?

    January 8, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    dave wrote:

    Rudy NYC – Not one of the three credited authors are republicans, so your comment has not backing.
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    Not one of the credited authors was quoted by me, so your response has no meaning.

    Here's another textbook example of how conservatives can look facts straight in the face, and see whatver it is they want.

    January 8, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. The Catskinner

    Just another Blue Dog Democrat with time to howl at the full Blue Moon.

    January 8, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Donna

    Hoipefully they can be replaced with Republicans. Congress has far too many lying deceitful Demorcats that blindly follow their leftist ideology instead the will of the people that elected them to office.
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    LOL. Did you bother to read the quote by the NRCC Chairman, Greg Walden?

    "This retirement announcement also proves that ObamaCare and its negative impact continues to burden Democrats in 2014 – even for Democrats who voted against the law like McIntyre and Matheson," Walden argued.

    Here's yet another textbook example of a conservative staring facts straight in the eye, and seeing whatever they want to see.

    January 8, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @just saying "btw, we are not a democracy. we are a democratic republic. the founding fathers knew ...."
    I love it when "professors" from the conservative side say this as if they have re-discovered the secret formula of utopia. Republic simply means rule free of private closed groups like royal families. Check it out in the real world! There are a number of socialist republics out there. Most revolts from a royal past result in what people would call a republic. The founding fathers also were pretty well versed and kept a history book and dictionary handy.

    January 8, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Three Democrats are retiring and nine Republicans, yet someone claims the ACA is responsible for their retirement."

    Apparently Carolyn McCarthy is undergoing treatment for cancer and is already on leave of absence. Going after her politically at this stage in her life is really a low blow ... even for Republicans.

    January 8, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |