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Ilario Pantano

ONLY ON 3: Pantano opts out of on-camera interview regarding puppy adoption

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After lobbing the initial volley calling a puppy rescuer in New Jersey a "liberal activists" and claiming she was harassing him and his family over two puppies they adopted, Ilario Pantano opted out of an on-camera follow-up interview today and instead issued an email statement... Full story...
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Pantano claims family being harassed by "liberal activists" over puppy adoption; Rescue president talks only to WWAY

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video Ilario Pantano claims the president of a puppy rescue group is harassing him and his family and has thrust his Labradoodle puppies into a political battle. Full story...
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Huffington Post Blogger blasts Pantano

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One of America's most prominent self-proclaimed Islamophobes, Ilario Pantano, enthusiastically joined Brown to excoriate Imam Rauf. Pantano is a failed Republican politician who got the backing of the Tea Party. However, the voters of North Carolina rejected Pantano's candidacy when they learned about his troubling military record and his extremist Islamophobic ideology. Pantano gained his notoriety as an ex-Marine discharged from the USMC after he was accused of the premeditated murder of two unarmed Iraqi Muslims in his custody. Armed with an M16, Pantano was actually ejected from the Marines for desecrating the two corpses by emptying two full clips of sixty high-velocity bullets into their limp bodies and leaving an ugly hand-painted sign on the mutilated cadavers. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Pantano misleading about rally against Iman speaking at UNC

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Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano claims that UNC Chapel Hill is paying Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric who wants to build a mosque at Ground Zero, $20,000 to speak Wednesday night on campus. However, a news release distributed by the Institute for Arts and Humanities says the lecture is supported by "private funds." Full story...
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WASHINGTON POST: Can Ilario Pantano get to Congress?

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The question for Pantano is whether he can go beyond the headlines -- and the controversies that surrounded him during his 2010 race -- and win a rematch against North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) next November. Full story...
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Brunswick County man enters Congressional race

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Another candidate says he plans to run for Mike McIntyre's seat in Congress next year. Full story...
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Pantano returns donation from indicted former New Hanover Co. ABC Administrator

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"Today, I discovered a contribution from William "Billy" Ray Williams among our 14,000 individual contributions in 2010. In advance of any legal conclusions and without accusation or provocation, we have returned Mr. Williams' contribution." Full story...
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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Pantano announces 2012 run

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video As WWAY reported FIRST ON 3 Monday afternoon, Ilario Pantano has announced a second run for Congress. The Republican made the announcement Monday morning during a radio appearance on WAAV. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Pantano will challenge McIntyre again for Congressional seat in 2012

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WWAY NewsChannel 3 has learned that Ilario Pantano will announce tomorrow that he will challenge Congressman Mike McIntyre again in 2012. Full story...
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Pantano lands a job

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The Wilmington-based financial services firm IronGate Partners has hired former Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano. He'll be Managing Director of Business Development with a focus on recruiting new clients. He formerly worked at Goldman Sachs. Full story...
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Pantano looking for help paying off campaign debt

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video Election Day was nearly two months ago, but former Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano is still asking for campaign donations. Full story...
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VOTE 2010: McIntyre bucks national trend, wins eighth term in Congress

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videoWhile Republicans claimed a sweeping victory by taking control of the the US House of Representatives Tuesday, Southeastern North Carolina's seat in Washington will remain on the Democratic side of the aisle. Incumbent Mike McIntyre won an eighth term in Congress. Full story...
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VOTE 2010: Pantano rallies base in final day of campaigning

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video The clock is ticking, and ticking fast. Election Day is coming up, and Republican Congressional candidate Ilario Pantano did some 11th-hour campaigning at Republican Party headquarters in Brunswick County. He used the time to fire up his base; time that could have been spent trying to pull some undecided voters into his column. Pantano says it's time well spent. Full story...
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VOTE 2010: McIntyre challenges Pantano to Social Security pledge

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video It's getting down to the wire for Vote 2010. As time runs out, candidates are scrambling to get every last advantage. Some candidates are coming up with any way to get their name and face out there one last time before Tuesday. Full story...
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VOTE 2010: Palin endorses Pantano

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is endorsing North Carolina congressional candidate Ilario Pantano. Full story...
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