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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY’S ‘THE RANT’ BY NEWS DIRECTOR SCOTT PICKEY) — I learned something interesting last night about former congressional candidate Ilario Pantano. Even though he’s a war veteran, an author, a former Wall Street executive, a father, a husband, etc., etc., he doesn’t deal well with losing.

First there was the Ilario Pantano of 11:02 p.m. That’s when our Asha Dave interviewed him live at his party at Mayfaire. Even though he was down by a point or two to State Senator David Rouzer, he was upbeat, excited, ready to wait it out for the long haul.

Then there was the Ilario Pantano of 11:17 p.m. That’s about when the Associated Press called the race for Rouzer. We called Asha from the station and let her know we wanted her to interview him again based on the update.

She called back a few minutes later and told me, “Ilario’s not talking to the media now.” What??? I asked her to repeat herself just in case I had misunderstood her over the roar of his supporters in the background. “He says he’s not going to talk to the media now and that he’s going home.”

That’s when I saw him in the live feed in the control room while we were in an interview segment. He was making his way across the room hugging supporters. Asha was still on the phone with me. “Tell him I’d like to talk to him,” I told her. I saw her walk across to him and let him know I was on the phone. “He doesn’t want to talk with you,” I heard back on the phone.

Wow, I said to myself, this guy is actually taking his ball, going home, and leaving his supporters behind after learning that he lost. I thought, you know, all he has to say is that it’s still too close to call, let’s sleep on it, see what the final numbers say in the morning, and we’ll take it from there. The AP’s been wrong before. Let’s never forget Truman and Dewey.

But instead, he pouted, refused to talk to the media, and left his supporters behind while he went home to sulk.

If that’s how Mr. Pantano handles defeat, maybe it’s a good thing he’s not going to Washington.

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JM
2015 years 9 months ago

Rouzer’s a politician…IP is a PROVEN Businessman…
Our country doesnt need anymore politicians…
I agree with working up through the ranks and putting time in rate so to speak…however, our country faces one of the most FRIGHTENING times we’ve seen EVER…”THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME,”-WAYNE LaPierre

-top to bottom our country needs more PATRIOTS like Ilario Pantano
Continued success-Jason

JM
2015 years 9 months ago

SCOTT-how long have you been FAT LAZY COWARD –
As well as being WEAK, mentally-physically-spiritually-ETHICALLY…
I challenge you to come out from behind your KEYBOARD and report on something worthy…like how the NAZI party in GREECE managed to capture over 7% of the popular vote…
or how THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD is on Obama’s payroll in top security positions…
When did you sell out and lose your spine? If you ever had one!!!
Musta been when you were shoveling donuts in your face collecting a paycheck to report on BS!!!

Rouzer’s a politician…IP is a PROVEN Businessman…
Our country doesnt need anymore politicians…
our country faces one of the most FRIGHTENING times we’ve seen EVER…

“THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME,”-WAYNE LaPierre

-top to bottom our country needs more PATRIOTS like Ilario Pantano
Get busy doing something worthy of reporting!!!

Continued success-JM

Janet Nutley
2015 years 9 months ago

Last week you were bold enough to call Pantano a sore loser regarding the recent election. But yet have I heard you speak about the sore losers regarding the Marriage Admendment. I ask the same question, Why do they not understand they lost and go on with life and not be as you put it a “Sore Loser”. Marriage is between one Man and one Woman and that is how the marjority voted.

wooduck
2015 years 9 months ago

hockey,eh? makes me wish big ben would have pulled up the drawbridge back when he was mayor!!!

GuestUSMC
2015 years 9 months ago

I don’t think he has all his marbles anyhow. Any soldier that would pump a full magazine of rounds into an already dead body is lacking something. He certainly is not someone I would want as an elected official in any office.

 

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