Republican Pantano voices unhappiness with Republican lawmakers' new Congressional maps

THE FOLLOWING IS AN OPEN LETTER THE PANTANO CAMPAIGN SENT TO THE NEWSROOM:

Dear Members of the North Carolina State House and State Senate:

We, the people of Coastal Southeastern North Carolina, are dismayed and disappointed by the newly proposed Congressional district maps, Rucho-Lewis 2A.

I speak for thousands of concerned friends and neighbors of all political stripes that object to the same kind of gerrymandering and backroom deal making that we had believed ended with the 2010 election.

In the memo that accompanied the first proposed Congressional districts, Senator Rucho and Representative Lewis stressed that one of their top priorities was to respect "communities of interest" and keep them intact. The demand for compact districts with communities of interest is a historic Republican position going back at least fifty years. .

These newly drawn maps do nothing to respect "communities of interest" in Coastal Southeastern North Carolina and I suspect elsewhere. Instead, they cut, slice, dice, and divide the communities and the people that make up the southeastern coast with its unique history, opportunities and challenges.

This new map takes all of Brunswick County, most of New Hanover County, and coastal Pender County and sticks it in a district that snakes its way north to the Raleigh suburbs while reaching west all the way into Hoke County. Then it takes Downtown Wilmington, the economic and business center of Coastal Southeastern North Carolina, and the remaining two-thirds of Pender County and sticks it in a district that runs all the way to the Virginia state line, in Gates County, well over 5 hours away.

Cutting, slicing, dicing, and dividing the southeastern coast like this does a great disservice to these communities and the people that live here. Coastal Southeastern North Carolina deserves and needs to be in one Congressional district. Our region is a proud and important foundation of our state with strong historical and economic ties that bind together our communities and the people that live in them. The first shots of the American Revolution were fired here at Moore's Creek battlefield, and a citizen-led political movement that helped "sweep the bums out" of Raleigh reached an apex here. Doubt it? Ask all the new freshman that come from the Southeast.

The southeastern coast has been one of the fastest growing dynamic areas of the state but it's also been hit strongly by the sharp economic downturn with high unemployment rates, closing businesses, plummeting real estate markets, and a sharp decline in tourism. How will dividing this community and parsing it together with far flung interests improve the quality of life for its residents, create jobs or protect the coast?

I understand that by advocating for the return of Downtown Wilmington and Western Pender County to our coastal district, I am hurting the GOP's electoral advantage and even my own. By adding back the Democrat voters that rightfully belong here I am making my own hill climb steeper, but I do it of clear conscience. After fighting two wars for this country and burying a lot of young men, I expect more from our leadership then self-dealing. I expect you to do the right thing, even when it is hard.

I am fully aware that the courts make your redistricting job much harder than it otherwise would be, but I also know that a fair and legal map could be drawn without destroying the community of interest that Southeastern North Carolina forms. I know that because you did it in an earlier version.

I urge you to redraw the proposed new Congressional redistricting maps in a manner that respects "communities of interest" and keeps coastal Southeastern North Carolina intact in one, compact Congressional district. And if the map is not redrawn, I respectfully ask you and your colleagues to vote against Rucho-Lewis 2A.

I remain Semper Fidelis,

Ilario Pantano

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Just wondering if he ever gave those stolen dogs back?

Get over it, we have more things to worry about then stolen dogs. Besides do you know how many animals are homeless. You have to be a liberal.

I appreciate Mr. Pantano's concern for our district. Regardless of the campaign, he is interested in the well being of southeast NC. It would be very nice if others were more interested and involved with these types of decisions. We are obligated to speak up when we feel our representation is being harmed. Thank you, Mr. Pantano, someone has to do it.

He made the comment that "The first shots of the American Revolution were fired here at Moore's Creek battlefield"
Incorrect!

Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, Febuary 27, 1776

The first shots of the Revolutionary War were said to be fired at Lexington on April 19, 1775 by American militia on British Redcoats on their way to Concord.

Other than that I agree with him on the issue of SE NC's voting district, regardless of politics.

For those yelling he is a murderer, lets see you all go fight for and defend your own freedom of speech. Remember he did volunteer and knowingly risk his own life to defend you. You, I, or anyone else might not agree with his political views, but we should respect his service to our country.

He is correct on this issue, and I thank him for standing up to voice his opinion.

I'd like to commend Mr. Pantano for the letter. It is good to see Pantano advocate for and represent equitable voter representation by criticizing gerrymandering when the Rebublican party is in charge of the state government. I do not agree with most of Pantano's political beliefs and will not vote for him in the Fall election. But, I felt compelled to make a reply due to the insensitive remarks made by other constituents of Southeast North Carolina. They do not represent his political oppostion well and I hope they re-read the letter and understand Pantano was writing as a concerned citizen, rather than a political adversary.

This is too obvious an attempt by the state Republicans to try and ease Pantano out of the picture.

Mr. Pantano,
Your fifteen minutes is up. You may go away now. Thank You.

From Candidate Pantano:

"After fighting two wars for this country and burying a lot of young men, I expect more from our leadership then self-dealing. I expect you to do the right thing, even when it is hard."

- TRUE...you did bury a lot of young men; some of them were murdered!
- TRUE...I will do the right thing and keep you out of the office; what is the hard part is that means probably picking someone sub-par just to keep you out!

I second that.. thank you

You, whom I have no doubt have ever lifted a finger or put yourself in jeopardy for the nation you live in are such an easy mark to see.
The USA that was founded and won with the blood of patriots and then gave up the blood of sons and daughters in numerous wars including two "World Wars" to save others from tyrants has been a beacon of light for desperate and dark hours all over the world. While you sit back and enjoy your first amendment rights, also won with blood to call patriots murderers, our sons and daughters, as Pantano did, continue to sacrifice and bury our dead. How dare you compare a war veteran to a murderer! But wait, I may be wrong in thinking you are too ignorant to use history and present to find what this country is all about, honestly. You, most likely know exactly what you are doing and saying. Just like some other very intelligent men in our past. Dangerous yes but also intelligent. Men like Carl Marx and a line of reds too deep to name them all. You that would sully the name of a patriot and vet, are the lowest of the low.

Why are you upset?I wish they would have left them the way they were so McIntyre could beat you again.Why are you making comments for the people of southeaster coast when you are just a normal citizen? I know I am not alone asking that question,

The remarks convey, accurately or not a standard of honesty and integrity I wish to encourage in public service. It's encouraging! Thanks

If you don't like it don't run (again). Whiner.

I'm unhappy there isn't a candidate that HASNT been court martialed for double homicide! Republicans out there....do you really want this guy as the face of your party in North Carolina?

The convening authority read the Article 32 investigation and felt there was insufficient evidence of wrongdoing. A year later the Armed Forces Pathological institute exumed the bodies and concluded that Pantano's version of events were plausible.

Unless you know about the military justice system and how it works, why not just shut up?

Look AH. I don't want this guy in office any more than the rest, but to accuse this man of double homicide like you just did when an Article 32 hearing by the US government cleared him, shows you're a complete imbicile!

I would absolutely LOVE to see you cowardly big mouths get toe-to-toe with Pantano and make these nasty and unfounded remarks to his face! Nobody will ever see that, but you can sure spout off your comments on a faceless forum. You have a spine that would make a jellyfish look like a vertabrate!

Likely, the only time you were ever shot at was while running down fourth street with a TV and VCR under your arms

The Article 32 hearing was stopped, Pantano was never cleared of anything.

The investigating officer recommended that he be charged with conduct unbecoming an officer. The convening authority disagreed.

You people who can't even spell UCMJ or JAG should just let it go. You have no idea what you're talking about.

I speak as a multiple combat veteran still serving. I have reviewed the facts surrounding Pantano's Article 32 murder hearing. I sickens me to no end that Pantano could show such poor judgement. I urge everyone to go to: www.thefactsaboutpantano.com and see for yourself. Pantano impersonated a police officer during the last campaign, refused to release his tax returns and his military record and had questionable expenses on his campign finance report. I say these things as a REPUBLICAN. Maybe this is why Republicans such as Sen. Thom Goolsby, Sen Bill Rabon and Sen Faircloth have endorsed Pantano's opponent in the Republican Primary: our next Congressman David Rouzer!

That is Democratic Liberal propaganda! He shot them when they where coming toward him and they did not stop after he yelled stop in Arabic and English. Why risk his American troops lifes for these guys in a war zone that did not do what he asked? I imagine your on edge in combat, and you don't know what a possible suicidal guy might have planed or strapped to him. Weapons where found in the city! So you know they where on edge. The guy that complained on him was someone who was written up by Patano in the past. They did not find him creditable. When the bodies where dug up, they found that the men where advancing when they where shot, just as Patano said.

As far as the sign, that's a common Marine saying. Heck George Patton said worse things, but back then people weren't so wimpy and whinny. They used to paint that sort of stuff on the tanks! Sure did keep our moral up, and put fear in the enemy. That's what we are missing now, the enemy needs to fear us! The Germans feared Patton! I'm glad we have fighters fighting for us. They are trained to kill. That is their job. I would rather them be safe over there, as he was, than to be unsure and have our own boys come home dead. God Bless Our Troop Who Our Protecting Us Tonight!

...that's a democratic party written paper that holds about as much air as a fishnet stocking. Anyone can read the slant on all of the bullet items. You say you are a Republican, but you promote the democrats propoganda to smear Pantano? You say you are a "multiple combat veteran", but your recommendation "urging evereyone" to read an obviously slanted, left-party paper that writes these things about one of your own that has been in combat? This leaves you with little credence, if any at all. It also assists you with trying to make a murderer out of one of your own when you haven't even begun to study the actual "facts". You lose even more credence. A true combat soldier would never second guess and defame another, unless he saw it with his/her own eyes.
The problem we here is that you don't even know who YOU are. So, what is it that qualifies you to be "sickened" over another soldiers "poor judgement"?

I remember one of my uncles, one of 7 who served during WW2, commenting that Republicans never vote raises nor benefits to service men and women. I never forgot that. There is no honor or compensation to measure their service. As a nurse I was assigned to a Paraplegic/Quadraplegic ward in a VA hospital. I felt it a privilege to be there.

So many congressional members are also members of the 3% wealthiest in the US.. They continually reward themselves, their friends and their campaign donors rather than serve their constituents who voted. At the least, his is a conflict of interest; voters need to wake up. They are hurting those with the least power in Congress. China and India are raising the educational and wage standards of all their citizens. We are lowering ours.

The oil companies aren't hiring. Walmart hires only those who accept the least amount of wages or benefits. This is not putting the country back on it's feet. Our infrastructure is suffering and requires educated workers and engineers to make proper repairs.

Its because that idiot from Chicago that everybody thought was going to make things better DIDNT.. Oh we got change alright. Gas is up well over 100% of what it was when he took office. Unemployment continues to get worse (as the Labor Dept outright falsifies the facts and plays games not counting those who have exhausted their Unemployment benefits with real unemployment and underemployment at least 20% in this country). While Obama and the left wingers in Congress kiss the arse of the tree hugger extremists. Cuba is drilling for oil literally in areas which by law would be within the pervue of the US oil comapnies to drill. Contrary to that idiot in the White House we have in fact likely the largest Oil Reserves in the world when one includes the Bakken Oil Shale in the North Central US and our own oil sands out in the west which connect up with the fields in Canada. Hell the idiots even cut off a pipeline construction agreement for a pipeline from Canada into the US to allow us to buy from Canada instead of the nutjobs in the Middle East who have one hand in our pockets and the other in some cases very soon a nuclear bomb. Obama can cowtow all he wants to the tree huggers but meanwhile his policies are destroying this country. Bring up all you want about the "massive profits" oil companies are making Barry no problem just one correction how about the Billions more then the oil companies pay in taxes first on the oil production and sales and then get taxed again on their small pct of profits they make compared to the US and State Govts (Avg profit for the oil companies is 5-6cents per gallon compared to the 18.5cts the Feds get and not counting the even larger amounts states get). Oh and BTW President Obama while your at it your energy policies are driving up prices for the average citizen for food and other basic needs because guess what higher transportation costs get passed on to the consumer when it costs more to get the products to market you simpleton. I swear for somebody with a college education the President has little common sense abotu economics 101 and the worse part is hes hurting the very people he claims to be tryign to help. Lower and middle class people can least afford the increasing costs of food and other basic staples of life and due to other budget issues even gthose on TANF and other assistance programs (of which I think there is a huge amount of fraud its called TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE to needy families yet people end up on it for year after year.) are havign a harder time because their food stamps and WIC EBT doesnt go as far.

Reality we have plenty of safe abundent energy sources in this country even Natural Gas which burns clean compared to Liquid Hydocarbons is being attacked needlessly. Im not against progress and what not but the fact is until we have the alternative fuel options such as fuel cells and the like we still have to survive with what we have now and failing to take advantage of our huge natural resources we do have because somebody seems to think being at the mercy of the oil sheiks is a good idea is just insane. You have to believe the Russians are laughing their rearends off at our stupidity they have plenty of oil and they are exporting it. Guess what if we started accessing our MASSIVE reserves (which are estimated to top the Middle East at over 200Billion now) we could be exporting as well and as a producer that would indeed cause a positive flow in our trade balance. China is a huge consumer of oil now and wouldnt it be nice to have a positive cash flow maybe we wouldnt have to keep borrowing all this money. The fact is the oil industry has been crippled thanks to this administrations energy policy there is no doubt that when you force dependancy on foreign sources of energy, overspend to the tune of 5 TRILLION dollars (Im sorry but this is no longer on Bush he may have been the intial person who bailed out Wall Street but he left office long ago and the huge debt issue is now on Obama and the Democrats. The Dems had control of the purse strings for 4 yrs (2006-2010) and Obama was in power from Jan 2009 on so for 2 yrs they Dems had total control of the Economy to fix adn do as they wished Tell me folks are we better off then we were 2 yrs ago?? how bout 4 yrs ago?? The worst part is while everybody claims and swears the Wall Street Fat Cats were in bed with the GOP, go abck and look at who was in charge when the regs and laws were passed regarding these mortgage issues and Fannie and Freddie.. It wasnt who ya think.. It was Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and some others (all Left wing Dems fromt he NE) who were on gthe take by these Wall Street fat cats and when actually the GOP tried to say hey wait we need to fix this they were stonewalled over and over again.. Ok Im off my soapbox but Id also like to say something tot he Republicans who are probably all cheering me right now. Dear Conservative/Republicans. Do me a favor if your so in favor of smaller government do me a favor QUIT trying to tell me how to live my life and what the heck I can do in my own home. Your all for individual rights and small government but yet you snuck through the UIGEA in the middle of the night trying to legislate MORALITY again your middle of the night antics are no better then the Republicans and let me warn you now, Due to the DOJ actions in April you have awoken a sleeping giant in those of us who liek to play a little poker socially and what not and we are not small and we are very vocal now. I advise you to take a clue from your fellow member from Texas and make this right because if you dont the Republicans may see a backlash at the polls in 2012 in which many players may push the level for Democrats simply because they stupidly feel the Dems (good old Barney Frank was out there campaigning for a bill last year) will make things right and we all know they just see it as a tax revenue option for the govt nothing more. Please do the right thing and pass the Barton Bill this year because you dotn want this mudding the waters in 2012 we cant afford andother 4 yrs of Obama or the Dems getting back control again otherwise we risk quickly becoming Greece, Ireland and the like with Debt outpacing GDP and causing hyper inflation due to devaluation of the currency along with higher interest rates that could rivel the 1970s

I agree, Pantano is not a worthy candidate for any public office. The hypocrisy surrounding his "leaving" the "investment" industry on Wall St also comes to mind. Mistruths are unacceptable in any candidate..which is why Americans are so unhappy with Congress.

Many cousins and 7 of my uncles served during WW2 and other military conflicts. I worked as a nurse in a VA hospital. Thank you for your service. There is no way to compensate or thank you enough for your service.

Your next congressman wil be Mike McIntyre

1. I did serve and I am currently serving.
2. I would say anything to his face if I was given the chance; however, I see no point. He will not get elected. I'd rather spend my time speaking to those who have merit.
3. I also will mention you are also making accusations regarding me without knowing my name, profession or personal background - and you are all doing so anonymously. Talk about calling the kettle black?
4. Remember a guy named OJ Simpson, yeah a jury found him "innocent" too, but I don't want him representing me either - "innocent" OR "guilty". I know there is plenty of fine standing Republicans, Democrats and Independents WHO HAVE NOT been charged with murder! Any of these potential candidates would fit a bit more properly in a public forum.
PS. Since we are all making endless “spineless” comments ….you probably still own a VCR, which speaks endlessly for your current status in society and technology.

" I did serve and I am currently serving "
Actually I don't think he meant your service at the IHOP. He was referring to Military service. Sorry this confused you. Did you have any further spineless comments? I would bet good money if you ever met Pantano you would cower in a corner. It's east to talk a big game, it's another thing to play in it...Now go flip those pancakes before they burn.

Why would anyone want to be in a room with Pantano to confront him? I am not trying to convey any sort of disrespect to any veteran of a foreign war, or military service men and women alike. I'm not bent to through caution at the wind for the fine service they provided us, however, as a human I know we are all different.

Timothy McVeigh was a serviceman as well; however, what he did didn't bring shame to all the military - it brought shame to all the country for killing innocent victims. I understand that Mr. Pantano was found not-guilty, however, I know that this was also decided by his own peers, who are, without perfection and capable of human fault. Therefore, in a town of over a hundred-thousand I feel there are many other probable and deserving candidates than someone with such a storied past; Republican, Democrat OR Independent. It doesn't matter - there is to much controversy to make this man into a public servant that would be unbiased to his duties.

There are a lot of Pantano haters out there. That's ok and that's your right, but NOBODY has the right to accuse Pantano of being guilty of a double homicide. Especially when the majority of you have never even been in the military much less seen active duty, being shot at by cowardly men that don't sport a uniform and love to strap explosives under their dresses. You remember these men, they killed over 3000 innocent US citizens on 911, they bushwhacked, murdered and burned our soldiers, hung them on a bridge and drug their bodies through the streets while taking photos to send to us. THOSE are the guys our soldiers die fighting every day, to protect the very freedoms we get to enjoy.

For those that are so critical of Pantanos past and want to accuse him of murder, DO IT TO HIS FACE with honor instead of cowardly posts. Do it like a man or phase back into your easy chair and dream silently of just how much of a legend you are in your own mind. There isn't a soldier I know that would beat another soldier down for shooting any of those crooked, lying Bas*ards when they don't do what you tell them. I would sure like to outfit some of you with an M-16 a few clips, a few grenades and set YOU free out there with them. You'd piss your boots, shake uncontrollably in total fear and scream "mammmmma!!!!" in less than 3 minutes...then you would be dead!

Whatever the heck your reason was for bringing Timothy McVeigh into this picture is, I'll never know. You're comparing apples to heroin with that one! If you're going to grasp at straws, go for the ones within a reasonable reach. Geeez!

No, Pantano won't get my vote, but that isn't the point. I'm not going to sit here and cowardly bash a multiple tour combat veteran that has held the security and freedom of this country close to his heart. But like I said, if you brave cowboys or cowgirls out there feel jiggy, ACCUSE HIM TO HIS FACE!

Now...won't that make you feel tall and proud?

I have one-hundred percent support for his service and those who have served in every branch and every war. However, every single person in the United States Military isn't without faults. I just personally feel he has more things going against him then for him. Some of those things are quite extreme.

Just because I criticize him, doesn't mean I am taking anything away from those who have risked, lost and otherwise served. However, just because you served in the military doesn't mean you will make a great public servant.

Just because someone is or was a war hero doesn't make every decision they make automatically acceptable. It's our right to disagree and scrutinize those running for public office.

PS: Hopefully he got the message last time and will drop out of the race, then there will be no valid reason to confront him on anything.