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VOTE 2010: Pantano - McIntyre made wrong choice to attack



WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) - Today, the Pantano Campaign issued a new ad entitled “Choices” which highlights the different choices made by Ilario Pantano and Congressman McIntyre and reminds voters that this election is about stark choices. Pantano has chosen twice to serve his country in the Marines and chose to reject Wall Street corruption. McIntyre has chosen to use taxpayer money to pay Wall Street bonuses, to abandon our troops, and even to attack Pantano’s military service. McIntyre’s team has even attacked Pantano’s wife on an “anonymous” website secretly operated by the North Carolina Democratic Party.

In his latest personal attack ad, McIntyre criticizes Pantano for working on Wall Street for three years in the 1990s. What McIntyre fails to point out is that Pantano chose to leave Wall Street twelve years ago because he was disturbed by the culture. On the other hand, McIntyre chooses to take campaign contributions from Wall Street and even voted to pay bonuses for Wall Street executives with taxpayer dollars.

This is not the first time McIntyre has played fast and loose with the truth. The 14 year politician has already been called out for running ads distorting Ilario’s record on taxes and distorting the Fair Tax. Public outcry resulted in that false ad being pulled off the air. McIntyre’s latest ad now lies about Ilario’s record on Social Security, claiming that Ilario would reduce benefits for our Seniors. In fact, Ilario has been adamant that he will protect benefits for all current retirees and for everyone age 55 and over. But for Congressman McIntyre, being truthful has become less important than winning.

McIntyre’s campaign is so desperate that they have even chosen to run a push poll personally slandering Pantano and questioning his military service despite McIntyre’s seven votes to abandon our troops in Iraq, and his vote against the surge.

Push Polling, as defined by the National Council on Public Polls, is a telemarketing technique in which telephone calls are used to canvass vast numbers of potential voters, feeding them false and damaging "information" about a candidate under the guise of taking a poll. McIntyre’s push poll is particularly nasty as it falsely suggests that Pantano is a murderer, lies about Pantano having a criminal background, and even defames Pantano’s service to our country as a combat officer in Iraq. The irony is that Pantano’s military service has been widely covered nationally and locally, including multiple appearances on all major networks. The local Wilmington paper, owned by the New York Times, covered the investigation by the Marine Corps and subsequent exoneration daily and even featured Pantano on the cover as one of the Top Stories of 2005. Pantano would again be a cover story when he graduated top of his class in eaw Enforcement training and began work for Democrat Sheriff Sid Causey as a Sheriff’s Deputy. Pantano’s Wilmington signing of his 400 page memoir detailing the case was one of the most well attended signing events ever at the local Barnes & Noble. Does that sound like someone hiding from his past, as McIntyre alleged in his local paper, The Robesonian? ( bookmark/9859333) .

As Real Clear Politics and CNN have taken notice of our race, the Congressman is resorting to a last ditch smear campaign to protect his 14 year Washington career. Even the liberal New York Times is now projecting a 52% likelihood of McIntyre’s defeat ( north-carolina/7). The result of North Carolina’s 7th District experiencing its first truly competitive race in 140 years is that the Democrat establishment is pulling out all the stops without regard for truth or ethics.

Even worse than McIntyre’s push polling is an “anonymous attack site” that falsely smears Pantano and even disparages Pantano’s wife.

McIntyre’s liberal friends at the North Carolina Democratic Party have chosen to fund and operate a renegade “illegal” website,, to further defame Pantano and even to attack Pantano’s wife. The website does not have the necessary disclaimer required by Federal Election Law to show that it is paid for and authorized by the North Carolina Democratic Party. That’s because they don’t want to be tied to baseless accusations and distortions found on the site. However, a quick search of the “WhoIs” online directory reveals that the site is registered to the North Carolina Democratic Party and Andrew Whalen, the Party’s Executive Director. Whalen is not unknown to McIntyre after serving as a long time staffer for McIntyre’s closest congressional partner and ally, Heath Shuler.

Andy Yates, Pantano Campaign Manager, released the following statement on the dirty tactics being used by McIntyre and his supporters:

“McIntyre is obviously desperate. He knows the voters are rejecting his phony conservative credentials and are rejecting his record of strong support for the Pelosi agenda, so he’s resorted to vicious, untrue personal attacks on Ilario and his family. Ilario Pantano has courageously served our country in the Marines where he was subjected to false charges concocted by another disgruntled soldier. The charges were proven false by an Article 32 hearing, the hearing results were reviewed by a General who completely exonerated Ilario, and autopsy results were later released that confirmed Pantano’s innocence. Now, McIntyre shamefully wants to smear Ilario again with these accusations, which have been proven to be false."

“Congressman McIntyre should be embarrassed to attack anyone’s military service after he voted to block funding for our troops in Iraq.”

“McIntyre should ask his liberal buddies at the State Democratic Party to pull down their illegal website, and he should immediately apologize to the voters of the 7th District for trying to mislead them with a dirty push poll. Congressman McIntyre should also apologize for disparaging Ilario’s service to our country and for stooping so low as to attack Ilario’s family. Hopefully, McIntyre won’t continue to make the wrong choices over the final three weeks of the campaign.”

To view the Pantano Campaign’s new ad "Choices" please go to

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