Of course Mr. Pantano is disappointed, but this could be a learning experience for him. I voted for McIntyre in 2010 primarily because Pantano could not show a track record of accomplishments in North Carolina. Rouzer has paid his dues in North Carolina; he has worked in local and national positions. Pantano wants to start at the top of the mountain; that's not how you earn the job of representing the citizens in the 7th district especially when you are not even a native of the area.
Pantano appears to be a bright young man and if he should choose to run again, he needs to show the voters he has the ability to represent their best interests. He can demonstrate this ability by first volunteering on local planning boards, or running for local elected offices, e.g., town council or as a member of the county government; something that demonstrates he has the ability to represent North Carolina’s citizens effectively. This would help in his future quest for higher office. The voters currently have nothing to judge Pantano by other than his stating how great he is. His background does not show a consistent career progression. Pantano could benefit from observing and emulating Mr. Rouzer’s career before attempting to run for higher office again.
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