Pantano accuses McIntyre, staff of emailing personal attacks

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Submitted: Tue, 02/21/2012 - 6:57pm
Updated: Tue, 02/21/2012 - 7:25pm

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Wilmington, NC: Conservative Republican Author, Businessman and Marine War Veteran, Ilario Pantano who won the 7th Congressional district GOP nomination in 2010 issued the following statement today:

“On Friday my family and I were attacked once again in a seemingly “anonymous” email campaign. This is not the first time we have been subjected to attacks in the course of seeking to represent the citizens of North Carolina’s 7th district. The email string parrots attack lines that were used on an “anonymous” attack website,,earlier this year.

As Mr. Crow and Mr. Rouzer are both now officially filed candidates, and Mr. McIntyre is expected to file shortly, those three are the only beneficiaries of the derogatory and hateful slander that has been hurled against my family. I am asking all three candidates to call on their supporters to respect the sanctity of families and stop these attacks.

Naturally, the policy, ideology, and the professional experience of the candidates in this race are open for discussion as the voters evaluate their choices in the upcoming elections, and I am prepared for spirited debates along these lines. However, parents, spouses, and children aren’t, and neither are blatantly false and malicious personal attacks on a candidate’s character or faith.

This statement serves as the sole warning and reminder: As the only candidate with a wife and small children in this race, I consider my family strictly off limits.

I call on Congressman Mike McIntyre to stop any political messaging that even mentions my wife or my mother. I have shown the McIntyre family that level of respect and I deserve the same.

Congressman Mike McIntyre’s staff member, Tony McEwen is a Vice Chairman of the NC Democratic party which operates and funds the blog site ( slandering me, my mother Merry, and my wife Jill. It is regrettable that a member of Congress in concert with the NC Democratic Party would find that type of personal attack necessary.

I am also calling on my GOP opponents to respect the sanctity of families and disavow these attacks as well. It is unlikely that Mr. Rouzer or Mr. Crow are behind the seemingly anonymous attacks that have circulated in the past, but the fact remains that they are now beneficiaries of them since they are filed candidates and they both have histories of questionable personal attacks in GOP primary campaigns.

On May 1st 2008, Mr. David Rouzer and his campaign strategist Bob Rosser were served a civil summons by Rouzer’s NC State Senate primary opponent according to court documents filed in Wake County Superior Court (

On the 19th of May, 2008 Ms. Nena Reeves, Rouzer’s primary opponent, filed a formal complaint seeking damages of at least $10,000 and alleging the following:

“6. Plaintiff Nena Reeves and Defendant David Rouzer, in April 2008, were opposing candidates for nomination as the Republican candidate for election to the NC State Senate for Senate District 12.
7. In late April, 2008, to win the primary election, the Defendants (Rouzer & Rosser) conspired to issue written statements to thousands of people making accusations about the plaintiff that are false and defamatory…
23. The false words and statements knowingly published by Defendants have defamed and libeled the plaintiff in her profession, standing in the community and means of livelihood…
27. The actions of Defendants as hereinbefore alleged were done in the course of and scope of commercial activity in the State of North Carolina. Defendants’ actions were made in bad faith, were unethical, were unfair to Plaintiff, were deceptive to the public and were intended to harm Plaintiff in her personal and professional activities…”

Mr. Randy Crow has operated a blog site,, which has devoted thousands of words to attacking my family and me, including blaming me personally for the attacks on 9/11. On May 18, 2010, after being defeated in the primary, Crow staged a press conference where he repeated his assertions that I was part of the government conspiracy that had planted “chips in his brain.”

I have never engaged in personal attacks against the families of any of my political opponents and never will. I hope that my opponents in this race will disavow their history of personal attacks, and for the remainder of this race will avoid attacking my family or the families of anyone else running in this race.”


  • longcolt says:

    does it matter that he was a fellow marine officer?? it shouldn’t. a marine or soldier is no better, worse or valuable than anyone else who has a job. its odd that we accept that politicians use military service as a political platform. its irrational. our military is a major contributor to our governments ever expanding waistline.

  • Pa of 4 says:

    If this was my family, I would be furious. Is this the only way for these people to win an office, by slandering their opponent’s family by lies and name calling? It is clear, they are afraid or they wouldn’t stoop so low with family attacks. Pantano is the only real conservative in this race. People, our country is at risk here, and if you admit the truth instead of spewing more lies, it is easy to see that Pantano will stand up for this country. He could be a rich man financially, if that was what he is about, instead his run for office is not predicated on job or money but for his love for this country. Check out the facts, which are Rouzer is another career politician and lobbyist, he began his political career in DC in 1995, right out of college and then a lobbyist, in fact lobbied for the very bill that liberals Fienstein, Obama, Hillary Clinton, Schumer and Kennedy supported. Do you not have the commone sense to see what career politicians and lobbyists and their greed have done to help in the destruction of this country? Check out who are Rouzer’s campaign donors, they are special interest groups, pacs, fellow lobbyists, corporations and quite a few of these are from his friends in DC.It is a fact that big checks expect big money. Check out McIntyre’s connections, and also when have you heard him stand up against what Obama is doing to destroy this country. Our country is losing her soul, and instead of standing up for Pantano, a man that fought in 2 wars to protect you,a CHRISTIAN, an author, a free lance writer, small business owner, volunteered with the American Red Cross to help Katrina victims and the list goes on. Too bad, you don’t give a flip about this country, but would rather spew lies. You people make me sick.

  • Guest1971 says:

    in fact lobbied for the very bill that liberals Fienstein, Obama, Hillary Clinton, Schumer and Kennedy supported

    Please elaborate as to which bill this was.

  • Pa of 4 says:

    It was in 2007, Rouzer lobbied for the AG JOBS AMNESTY Bill that liberal democrat Diane Fienstein from CA. sponsored and was supported by then senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy. Lobbyist David Rouzer didn’t care this was supported by democrats, he lobbied for it to help his special interest group instead of doing what is best for the country. Barack Obama is going around the country now touting amnesty for illegals, so just tell me why Rouzer supports a democrat bill. It looks to me like Rouzer is more interested in the big bucks he received from his special interest group rather than good of country. The illegals broke the law and giving them amnesty would be disastrous to this country. If you care about the truth, it is easy to look up, that’s what I did.

  • Guest458796 says:

    I was intrigued. As a very young man, he left New York to go fight in the Gulf War. It’s easy to forget now the fear that proceeded that war as it was America’s first real, full on shooting war since Vietnam. He came home, earned his degree and went to work on Wall Street. After 9/11, when his hometown was attacked, he gave all of the up to become an officer in Marines and return to the fight. Certainly, things got murky in Iraq but he wasn’t convicted so I can only trust the military justice system.

    What turned me off as a voter though was his campaign. There was a goon squad of loud mouth imbeciles who followed him to debates and appearances and made a fool of him. It’s not unfair to judge a person by the company they keep and I judged him by his association with these people. During the debates, the moderator had to ask these people to keep it down repeatedly. They attempted to shout down people who asked questions that were critical, but fair, of Pantano. During one debate, an elderly former mayor of Wilmington was describing his background as a preface to a question and these rejects began shouting at him. Pantano waited to ask them to control themselves until the moderator and even the crowd itself had clearly had enough. Prior to that, he didn’t seem to mind. Pantano himself, when McIntyre originally politely handed him the microphone as questioned were asked of each of them, he began this trend of slamming it down on the table instead of politely handing it back. To me, a small thing like that spoke volumes. If he wanted to show that much disrespect to a guy he’s debating who is some sort of monster, I’m right there with him. But to act that way to an otherwise cordial Congressman in what should be a civilized forum, was out of line. I voted against him because of the behavior of himself and his supporters during these events. I hope his next campaign is better controlled and managed. He’s clearly smart, brave and driven and I think he has a tremendous amount to offer.

  • WRONG says:

    SLANDER PLEASE!!!!!! ITS ALL TRUE AND NONE OF THE candidates have anything to do with This information being put out there.Regular citizens who know Pantano and that are disgusted by his waste of money and his love of the spotlight! He is a liar PROVEN! No stockbroker for Goldman Sachs just a mail boy (like he claimed in his Not Bestselling book).Please Ilario took money from Special interest too! Oh he spent a million and half dollars trying to win a seat when the country was voting for Republicans and LOST.

  • MikeT says:

    your commments about McIntyre are all wrong. I dont think he voted for any of the Presidents agenda. He voted against Health Care and twice against the rise in the debt ceiling. You ought to be patting ole Mike on the back. Please remember that it was not the Democrats that wanted the distric boundries altered. Pantano was fat a sassy with the deck stacked for him. The way things stand, Mike will fight bare kunckles this time. Hang on cause this one is going to be something.

  • Challengetheworld says:

    Forcing your religion on ME! Forcing your conservative paranoia on ME! This is why Pantano will not be elected. We are ALL not like you! We don’t want to be either! There is a reason behind it. We’re all not paranoid! We all don’t need to proclaim our relgious affiliation! Why? Because it doesn’t MATTER!

  • Jimmy says:

    I would vote against Pantano, but I’m afraid he’ll empty two clips into my back.

  • Guest9743 says:

    Seems a little strange/odd that Tom Goolsby, an attorney, a state senator and a former/fellow Marine Corps Officer won’t even endorse this guy??? Hmmmmmmm

  • Guestduh says:

    What a WHINER !!! Get a real job and you wouldn’t have this problem you trigger happy buffoon !

    BTW WWAY: What ever happened to the DOGS he stole??

  • RM says:

    It took twice the time for you to type your questions than it did for me to find the answers :)

    “Ilario is very active in the local community in Wilmington and across Southeastern North Carolina working with his boys’ scout troop, supporting veterans organizations, volunteering in the community, and attending Grace Baptist Church”

  • Guest12 says:

    this is best comment yet I’ve heard about him. I knew I felt uncomfortable able his candidacy (and not because of his Marine past), but you hit the nail on the head. He has never been involved in anything in our community and your comment just made me realize that.

  • Coastal Rose says:

    Why don’t you check his military record? You’ll probably find he’s made a much more meaningful contribution than you ever will.

  • George says:

    Yes, I agree. It would be nice if Pantano could give us a list of his credentials and experience in helping our district, particularly our district. Instead he comes up with just more distracting chatter. I am not aware of anything he has done to improve our local community? I do not know so I am just asking…has he served on any boards? non-profits? grassroots? charities? Any signs of community activism or support within our district? It will take much more than that tired broken party dogma of two years ago to be affective this time around.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Unless I am mistaken about my information, I can refute at least one of the things on the blog ( If I am right about the church that Mr. Pantano attends, it is neither a mega church and it is definitely not a Southern Baptist church. It is Independent Baptist and it is a very reputable church that has been in Wilmington since the 1960’s.

  • Guest1971 says:

    Grace Baptist Church makes the common Southern Baptist Church look like a bunch of liberals.

  • Guesterg says:

    Look boy, if you cannot do politics, don’t get in the fight. Oh yeah, you are blowin 50 rounds in a man under your arrest and then hangin’ a sign around is your just whinning like a female dog.
    Bless your little ole heart.

  • Pa of 4 says:

    It is obvious, you couldn’t care less for this country. Please, what are Pantano’s skeletons? He was totally cleared in the war incident, I don’t blame him, I would shoot them too, had I felt threatened. I guess you proclaim to be a brave soul and would just stand there and let the insurgents take you out. Have you met Pantano and asked him questions, or just another coward hiding behind your computer screen? Go ahead and vote for mcintyre again, obviously, you are an obama supporter,and probably want to make sure you keep getting you obama handouts so you can continue to sit behind your little computer screen and lie about a true American christian conservative, one that actually loves this country, more than he loves himself. Shame on you and people like you.

  • Guest2012 says:

    If it ain’t one wagging, I mean nagging “situation”, it’s another for this guy.
    As a red blooded, All-American conservative woman, I say this:

    “MIKE, YOU HAVE MY VOTE AGAIN” You have been pretty darn good for SENC and most of all, you voted against Pelosi. No way would I want a guy like this in public office at ANY LEVEL. If he is loony cry baby NOW, just imagine the Berger type mania that lurks beneath the surface. S-C-A-R-Y!


    This Pantano guy is a winer, Mc Intyre is a proven winner and will have my vote until a REPUTABLE REPUBLICAN runs for this seat on Congress.

    “IF you can’t stand the HEAT, get out of the kitchen”, Pantano!!!Or, return to N.Y. and strut your nonsense up there. Those Republicans that ran with you last time and won don’t seem to be endorsing you. Hmmmmmm! Wonder why?

  • GuestNOMcIntyre says:

    Well, I am glad my vote will cancel yours and I would vote for anyone before I would vote for a life long politician like McIntyre. It is about time we get people in Washington that really understand the local people.

  • Guest1165 says:

    Would you shoot them 30 times, reload, shoot them 30 more times, and then leave a note on them? If you would, then you are as sick as he is and may God have mercy on you.

  • Challengetheworld says:

    Thank you for your shame reference. I’ll shelf it right next to the other propoganda spewed from the Tea-Party; right in my recycling bin. “Pa of 4″ your kids certainly must be well versed on how to prejudge people, how to make coarse generalties and otherwise speak about nothing you have any education or knowledge on; me. This is the problem with people who stereotype any voter to think we all are waiting for our free bread. I’m not sir, I work every single day to make sure I provide for my family. I also make sure that they know to steer clear of people who want to spout off about Christian Conservative Values. They’re fake.

  • GuestPelosi says:

    Did you watch the vote that day? Mike passed on the first call and only voted against Pelosi when it was already a done deal..

  • Guest2012 says:

    He needs a job where he can vote himself a pay raise! Heck, he just needs a JOB!
    After all, being as “self-rightgous” as he has admittedly been during his entire adult life comes with a price…AKA LOW earnings.
    And…this race is ALL about MONEY. He has none;he wants some!
    The “Patriot” thinks it is TIME to cash in his chits.
    Take a hike brother, get a job, work for a living, and forget the health benefits for Life…and other perks.
    I am an AMERICAN unconditionally, can you say the same? America doesn’t owe you a Congressional Seat because you served in the Armed Forces. But, thank you for your service to our country! Now, take a hike.

  • Challengetheworld says:

    There are two many unknowns, too many stories and way too many reasons to vote for someone else. Now we have to endure this all over again. He will not get elected. I believe that there are plenty of other folks out there with ambition and less skeletons to run against him to give us a solid alternative.

    I’d vote for McIntyre again and again. Pantano will lose. Now he is crying again and its like a broken record.

  • Mrs.B says:

    Please try to make time to meet Ilario Pantano. He is readily available and would love to talk with any of you. He is qualified to represent us because he loves this nation and wants the best for his children and yours, too. He is qualified to represent SENC, because the military introduced him to our beautiful part of America and he fell in love with this area. He isn’t interested in representing us to earn special treatment for SENC, he wants to represent the part of USA that he chooses to reside in. At this point in his life he has the ability to afford a run for office. This is because of the many sacrifices he has made in order to be independently comfortable to serve as a politician.
    I would like to remind the voters that he has bonded his self for a limited amount of terms for this office. I would also like to point out that his “skeletons” are out of the closet and available through many internet searches and thoroughly described in his books. For others who are afraid of the unknown, I would suggest you do a personal investigation of David Rouzer.
    In the past several months, Pantano has focused on helping NC defeat Obama, regardless of his own campaign. This is a testament to his devotion to protect America at any cost.
    I have met the man and I know he is not in this for himself, but for the benefit of all of us, take the time to ask him.

  • Guest1165 says:

    I have to remind you that Ron Paul originally ran on having term limits. He has been there ever since.

  • ilikebreathing says:

    was something i meant to do. but then, he may shoot me. like 60 or 70 times for no reason. by the way,you’re another silly sycophant.

  • ILMNCNative says:

    Quit your complaining and go get a job so you can pay off the debt you created the last time you ran for office. People deserve to be paid for services rendered. I, for one, will never vote for you; I’d rather vote for someone that understands our community, has been a part of it and is interested in serving it, not Washington or their own ego.

  • WilmWatcher says:

    I don’t know why people refuse to be intellectually honest simply because the person in the spotlight is not their particular favorite candidate. I don’t know as of now who I support in this race, and have no dog in this fight. I have serious issues with Pantano – legitimate issues. However, making fun of his wife and family is not one of them – and neither should it be with anyone else. Same goes for the other candidates. If you have to stoop to calling a candidate’s wife “Botoxed” then you have lost the entire argument. You have demonstrated that you have nothing of any value to bring up as criticism against the candidate, and have thrown up the white flag in surrender. Pantano has not been out there poking fun and mocking other candidates’ families – other candidates, on the other hand, have been toward him. I am looking at this objectively and seeing a bunch of folks that cannot seem to stick to legitimate arguments against Pantano – and there are some. But to try and score political points by mocking his wife or mother is pathetic, and these people should be ashamed. I would say the same if it was the Pantano camp doing these things toward McIntyre. Stick to the candidates themselves and their positions and history. It’s open season on those things.

  • Pa of 4 says:

    Bet you didn’t know or care that Pantano walked in the American Red Cross Office when they were working out of Wilmington and said I want to go help those Katrina victims and they sent him to Mississippi to help, the reason you don’t know is he does not feel the need to go around bragging about his good deeds. He also has been involved with various veteran organizations, boy scouts activities, attends 5:30am bible study, provided constitution lunch and learn series just to name a few. The truth is you don’t really care about the activities Pantano has done to contribute to society, you only want to trash an American war soldier that has served his country in 2 wars to protect your freedom of speech. SHAME on you for being such a small minded person,and for not caring about the issues, that are destroying this country.

  • Challengetheworld says:

    This is FROM HIS WEBSITE. He can say whatever he wants about himself.

  • Guest28401 says:

    Where have you been? Half of this conversation is about his abominal military record. It doesn’t take a hero to shoot unarmed civilians.

  • RM says:

    and attend any of the debates that surely will be scheduled soon. Or look on his calendar and find time to attend one of the many meet and greets he has scheduled ( )
    Then you can ask him the hard questions yourself and decide face to face if he is the right candidate to represent you in DC. A true leader is accessible and willing to put himself in front of his constituency, but it’s your choice whether to engage or just sit back and wait for something new to complain about.

  • Gus Grissom says:

    Here we go again. I sure would like to hear what Pantano plans to do for the district. That would be a refreshing change. Last time he thought he was running against Nancy Pelosi. That worked out real well for him. This guy doesnt care about North Carolina. He’s just looking for a way into D.C.

  • Guest1165 says:

    Where does he work? What has he done for SENC the last 3 years he’s been carpet-bagging?

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