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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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Sick Twisted Freak
2016 years 1 day ago

Im disgusted by some of the comments I am reading here. Never mind the ridiculous article by the reporter who feels he has to get a comment every 15 minutes, but to see Ilario attacked for his service to this country and for defending himself, as the evidence proved he did, is simply appalling. This is what’s wrong with America today….too many good ol boys and Internet tough guys and not enough people willing to stand up for what’s right.

A little home cooking went a long way last night. The Johnston county GOP is the political equivalent… Read more »

2016 years 1 day ago

Pantano is a joke, and doesn’t give two cents about anything but his name and bettering himself. He ran a dirty campaign against Mike Mcintrye, he is a murdered, and the fakest bible beater I’ve ever seen! Get the hell out of NC you self centered douche bag!

Guest WestLA
2016 years 1 day ago

Funny thing is that Pantano worked hard to get everything redistricted. He wanted the lines changed cause he thought it would help him . Well how did that work out for you Juan? And I heard his opponent say that as of this morning Pantano still had not called to congradulate him! And just a side notice here. I saw at Pantano party {agout 30 people strong ) they were all watching the hockey game.But you knowmbout 75% of Pantanos party was probably from New Jersey anyway.

2016 years 1 day ago

Scott Pickey has been a crybaby for years…..always has…always will. He also uses his position to bully whoever he feels has shunned him. I doubt if this even gets posted, quite honestly. He also sensationalizes stories so he can get hits on his precious website and get viewers. I don’t blame him. He’s number 2 right now and needs all the help he can get. He’s been drummed out of every station he’s ever worked at. Pretty sure there’s no coincidence there. Remember WRAL Scott? There’s nothing vulgar or obscene in this post,… Read more »

Guest Howard Wolowicz
2016 years 1 day ago

Pantano – the new Ricky Meeks. Can’t win an election to save his life.

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