LUMBERTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MCINTYRE CAMPAIGN) - A recent audio recording made in Las Vegas caught Ilario Pantano's admission that he does not really care about representing the people of Southeastern North Carolina; he just wants to run for Congress without regard for the fundamental constitutional requirement that he represent the people of the area in which he lives.
Here, in his own words, is his admission:
"Somebody asked me a couple of days ago, 'Where in North Carolina are you running for Congress?' I said, 'Don't worry about that. I'm running for the U.S.Congress.' That's your Congress. (applause) Whether I'm running in North Carolina, Texas or Idaho, it doesn't make a difference.”
Pantano’s statement further defines important distinctions between the two candidates in the 7th Congressional District: Congressman Mike McIntyre, who has lived all of his life in Southeastern North Carolina, is a strong, independent leader with a proven track record of putting the people of Southeastern North Carolina first. Pantano, who is from Manhattan, is a cookie-cutter candidate with woefully inadequate knowledge of our region and needs. In fact, he moved to Southeastern North Carolina from Manhattan only recently, has voted in only 35% of local elections and had virtually nothing to say about local communities in the three official congressional debates just concluded.
Pantano’s audio clip can be heard at the following link:
PANTANO CAMPAIGN RESPONSE:
Wilmington, NC: Andy Yates, Pantano for Congress Campaign Manager, released the following statement in reaction to Congressman McIntyre’s latest personal attack against Ilario Pantano:
"Congressman McIntyre just doesn’t get it. This election is about big national issues, and the mess that Congressman McIntyre, Speaker Pelosi, and their Democratic colleagues have created by advancing their liberal agenda in Washington. Yes, Ilario made the statement ‘it doesn’t make a difference’ what district he’s running in. It doesn’t make a difference on the big, national issues. What is going to make a difference this year is if you’re committed to restoring fiscal responsibility, job creation, and holding down taxes. If you look at Congressman McIntyre’s record it is obvious that he’s not committed to those ideals, instead he’s committed to being a cash cow running around handing out big checks paid by our tax money with his name on them."
"Congressman McIntyre likes to tout that he’s a native of the 7th District and that he has a superior knowledge of the District. What’s McIntyre’s supposed local expertise gotten us? 48,000 unemployed workers across the district, double digit or near double digit unemployment in every county, small businesses closing every day, and thousands of families living below the poverty level."
"Congressman McIntyre wants to attack Ilario for not being a local. Well, it seems that after McIntyre has spent the last 14 years in Washington promoting the liberal agenda that Ilario is more of a local than Congressman McIntyre. Ilario and his family moved to Wilmington because of his service in the Marine Corps and they have embraced Southeastern North Carolina. They go to church here, his children attend public schools here, he’s served as a Deputy Sheriff in New Hanover County, and he’s spent months traveling across the district listening to the people of Southeastern North Carolina. Ilario understands the conservative values of the people of this district and that they’re tired of having a Congressman who talks their way in the district but votes the opposite way in Washington."
"Ilario is running for the House of Representatives not the House of Handouts. To represent your district means to represent the views, ideas, and beliefs of the people that you represent. The people of this district don’t believe in bloated stimulus packages that don’t create jobs, huge budgets that lead to trillion dollar deficits, bringing back the death tax, or allowing illegal immigrants to register to vote."
"The people of the 7th District share the views of Ilario Pantano: less spending, lower taxes, less government, and a commitment to restoring fiscal responsibility and reducing the deficit. Like Pantano, they understand that it is the private sector that creates jobs not federal government spending, and they know that they know better than politicians in Washington about how to spend their hard-earned money. That’s why we’re gaining support everyday from Watha to Tabor City , from Dublin to Shallotte, from Kenansville to Pembroke, from Hope Mills to Kure Beach, and all across the 7th District."