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Gary Bartlett, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Elections, said Tuesday Will Breazeale cannot run for Congress in North Carolina’s 7th District as an independent candidate or as a write-in candidate – reports the Brunswick Beacon.

On Friday, Breazeale, who lost the GOP primary to Ilario Pantano for the 7th Congressional District, said he planned to consider his options to continue his bid for Congress in November, either as an independent candidate or as a write-in candidate.

Bartlett said state law prohibits Breazeale from running for the same seat during the same election after loosing a primary election.

When contacted Tuesday, Breazeale said he recently learned of the laws that would prohibit him from running again for the same seat, but said he is keeping his political options open.

By Caroline Curran


Letter from Will Breazeale:

Dear Friends,

Allow me to take a moment to say thank you for everything you have done. Not just in 2010, but for the past three years. I am so blessed to have had the support of so many kind and wonderful people during my two runs for Congress. For everyone that has helped along the way, my deepest and heartfelt thanks. Running for office is not easy. I could have never done it without you.

Over the past week there has been a lot of speculation as to my political future. I remain amazed at the innuendo people have been able to invent between their ears. Rumors in politics are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together. Perhaps it is because our party’s nominee and leadership spends so much time focusing on how to keep others from running and not on their own candidacy, that this seat has not gone Republican in more than 100 years?

Buyers remorse is a tough pill to swallow. I cannot help but think that perhaps many who voted for Ilario Pantano are now realizing their nominee’s claim to fame is the execution of two unarmed Iraqis? In turn, they are already attempting to set up a scapegoat (me) in order to justify his inevitable, massive failure in November.

With that in mind, allow me to set the record straight: I will formally announce my future political intentions on Tuesday, May 18th, at 10 a.m. I will hold a press conference at the New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive in Wilmington. Members of the public and press are invited to attend. I am pleased to announce that I will be joined at that time by my fellow primary opponent, Randy Crow. I look forward to seeing you all then.


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  • Mojoe

    Stay true to being a little girl throwing a tantrum? This is the same obsessive immature personality that Tanya Harding had when she had a goon try to break Nancy Kerrigan’s leg with a pipe because Kerrigan won.
    It disgusts me to hear a sore looser making excuses and explaining plans to sabotage the winner as anything but childish vendetta. He’s just like a democrat. He knows what’s best for us. First he trys to buy votes and now whiny announces he will pair up with Dopey to sell their souls to the democrats to punish us all for not voting for them. WOW, I am truly loosing faith in humanity!

  • Grand Ole Party

    Democrats!!! They never stop being hypocrites. How long did you cupcakes whine when Bush beat Gore??? Hahaha I thought so.

  • Guest445566

    I have heard that Will Brezeale was a Democrat before he was a Republican and has experience in losing quite a few elections. I believe the same is to be said about Randy Crow. Check that out won’t you.

  • Blondebabe

    This is a case of the part-time Lieutenant Colonel not being able to accept the fact that he lost to the formerly full-time 1st Lieutenant.

    McIntyre was likely breezing to another victory anyway but this seals it.

  • LindaInNC

    It seems to me if Will Breazeale was as concerned for NC-7 as he says he is, he wouldn’t be trying to rip the Republican party apart. He should be getting behind Pantano and help him unseat McIntyre. Just as Pantano said he would do for Will in the event he won the Primary.
    This seems more like a personal vendetta against
    Pantano than concern for NC-7 and putting a Republican in office to represent us.

    I’m ashamed that a candidate/now former candidate from my district would act in this manner.

    Pantano is a man of integrity & honor and even with all that was thrown at him during the campaign and even now, he has always risen above the smut and never stooped to that level.

  • Guest Jingoman

    Will, I never regretted voting for Richard Nixon as much as I’m regretting voting for you. What part of “YOU LOST” confuses you?

  • Guest222

    Republicans!!! They never STOP whining!!! Waa Waa..please Will, keep putting statements out about your party..will make McIntyre race so much easier…

  • Guest2323

    I will be there on May 18th. and so will plenty of Pantano supporters.. How dare you bring up the Iraqi trial he was tried and found NOT guilty..

  • Guest111

    I am amazed at the whiny attitude Mr. Breazeale has here. Mr. Pantano was cleared of wrongdoing and the VOTERS CHOSE WHO THEY WANTED. Now Mr. Breazeale is throwing mud like a child who had his candy taken from him. His attitude should show the voters they chose the right candidate in the primary. If he whines over this , what would he be like if he had been elected and not gotten his way on some of the issues? Mr. Breazeale should remember that this was an “election” that reflects the “voters” choice. He is no better than anyone else even though he seems to think he had some “right” to the seat.

  • lsi

    what a sore loser … go away!

  • WilmingtonMAJ

    Could this guy BE any more of a sore loser? I have never heard such whining from a grown man. You lost…get over it. Move on…

    It’s such incredibly poor manners to attack your opponent after you lose, grow up Will!

  • d-man

    I am a huge supporter of the fair tax and a former follower of Will. After the recent events and comments both during and after the primary election I can no longer believe in Will’s message. I have a severe problem with the free gas giveaway and the childish name calling. This behavior will inevitably lead to another dem election win. Will, even Hilary got over it and supported Obama. Please look at the bigger picture and get out of the way!!

  • CanePole5

    Unbelievable that he would send something like this out. It makes one question his sanity and be thankful he did not win.

  • GL

    Don’t let up, Will! Stay true to who you are.

    We the people of the United States need people like you who are willing to speak to the issues and devise solutions.

    Unfortunately, some people were swayed by how great a speach was and how good it made them feel, and not how relevant the message is.

  • Dr. Reality


    He IS staying true to himself as a Democrat spoiler. Breazeale lost fair and square and his revenge is to make sure that the GOP loses too. You see how that goes, don’t you?

  • Wil The Toddler Tyrant

    Stay true to being a little girl throwing a tantrum?

  • Guest observer

    Has the Republican party fallen so far as to be making (or condoning Republican candidates making) personal attacks on members of their own party? I expect them to attack the Dems, and for the Dems to attack the GOP candidates, but traditionally the candidates rally around the winner of the primary. This kind of infighting is going to make the road a lot easier for the Democrats in the general election.

  • Conservatives throughout southeastern North Carolina let their voice be heard in the May 4 Republican Primary, and they chose Ilario Pantano as their Republican nominee for Congress. The people have spoken, and Mr. Breazeale should respect their decision. Over the past year, I have heard Will Breazeale make numerous statements about the importance of ensuring that Nancy Pelosi is no longer the Speaker of the House next year. If he really meant what he said, he should stand with conservatives throughout southeastern North Carolina and help the Republican nominee derail Nancy Pelosi’s left-wing agenda by defeating Mike McIntyre this November.

    Frank Williams, Chairman
    NC 7th Congressional District Republican Party

  • SurfCityTom

    any future plans you have should not be dependant on support from Republicans.

    Talk about sore losers.

    Your days in the spotlight are over.

    What will you announce on the 18th? That you’ve become a Democrat and joined McIntyre’s staff?

  • Dr. Reality

    Birds of a feather flock together. So…Will Breazeale and Randy Crowe (both former Democrats) are back in bed together to mutually go after the standing Republican nominee. Both are crazier than hoot owls – you only have to read their fantastic conspiracy theories (the whole world is against them and that’s the only reason they are PERENNIAL LOSERS) to know that there are serious psychological issues with these two. I sincerely suggest that Breazeale heed his court orders for a psych evaluation before he hurts himself and certainly hurts the GOP.

    It would be entertaining to watch these two clowns self-destruct if weren’t so detrimental to winning a seat for the GOP in November. The Cook PVI has almost doubled from R+5 to R+8 and is climbing. Pantano can very likely take this seat. But Breazeale is intent on earning himself a national reputation as a fraud and a clown just so he can have personal revenge for losing YET ANOTHER political election.

    @ Breazeale: Look dude, after racking up multiple election losses across many years and both parties, you are delusional if you haven’t realized by now that the only common denominator in all your losses is YOU.

    You need to get on some appropriate meds – and quit embarrassing yourself with ludicrous conspiracies and rumors and ongoing idiocy.

    @ NC-7: And what the heck, NC-7? Did you never ONCE read Randy Crow’s hilarious loony tunes website? The guy is wearing a gigunda tin foil hat for all to see (the government has dabbled in his brain, you see), yet 14% of you gave him your vote. What is in the water out there, y’all?!!


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