Ilario Pantano is a combat veteran of two wars, a small business owner, an author and a constitional conservative. He is running for Congress to retire an entrenched politician who votes with Nancy Pelosi over 90% of the time in a district that has not elected a Republican since the 1800s. This race was recently upgraded from “Safely Democrat” to “Toss Up” because polls show that Ilario can win, and momentum is building on his side.
Pantano has another distinction in this race. He was viciously attacked by the anti-war, anti-American Left as the result of his service to our nation in Iraq.
Ilario Pantano is a respected combat veteran, and bestselling author who has worked in both global markets and small business. The “born again Southerner” is a 38 year-old conservative committed to promoting job creation and revitalizing the economy, protecting the homeland and preserving our conservative values.
On his way to a meeting in Manhattan, he witnessed the Twin Towers burning in the attacks of September 11, 2001. Friends and colleagues were killed in the attacks.
Pantano rushed to a recruiter’s office and began the lengthy process of returning to service in the Marines, this time as an officer.
Pantano graduated Marine officer training in the top 2 percentile and was selected by his peers to lead their Infantry Officer Class. Upon graduation, 2nd Lt Pantano and his family were assigned to Camp Lejeune North Carolina, where he took command of an Infantry Platoon with the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Marine Regiment, the WARLORDS. The WARLORDS deployed to the “Triangle of Death” Region in Iraq where they conducted combat operations in Latafiyah, Yusufiyah and Falluja.
After months of insurgent violence triggered by the infamous ambush and grisly hanging of Americans in Fallujah (2004), Pantano was investigated for actions in killing two terrorists after a disgruntled Marine that Pantano had publicly demoted filed a complaint. The case took on national attention. Media outlets from dozens of national networks and newspapers overflowed the courtroom. After a lengthy and very public hearing of the facts, Pantano was cleared of all charges and given a new command, but death threats from jihadists and fear for his family ultimately led Pantano to resign his commission.
Pantano was the subject of faux outrage from the MoveOn.org wing of the Democrat Party (the only wing at this point). He was falsely accused of murder and the anti-war loons went all Jack Murtha on him. LINK: http://abcnews.go.com/US/LegalCenter/story?id=760785&page=1
Now, it is true that Pantano doesn’t think “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” should be repealed at this time. Having never served in the military, I have to completely respect his perspective. However, I also believe that someone like Pantano (a Gen-X’er who grew up under Reagan and responded to his nation’s call after 9/11/01) will have a completely different perspective on gay issues than many who currently sit in Congress (GOP & Dem alike). What is that perspective? An open mind.
Pantano is a true American hero. He’s a hard-working, hard-charging candidate and I believe he will be the new Congressman from NC-07. If Pantano wins this seat, Nancy Pelosi has a very hard path to retaining her Speaker’s gavel. Please join me in supporting the candidacy of Ilario Pantano. DONATE NOW!