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August 16, 2010
A Great Candidate Running for Congress in North Carolina
There are some good candidates running for office. And then there are some great ones. I think Ilario Pantano may prove to be one of the great ones.
Mr. Pantano is a conservative candidate running for Congress in the 7th District in North Carolina against Democrat Mike McIntyre. http://pantanoforcongress.netboots.net/
When you look at Mr. Pantano's background, hear him speak, and read his position statements, it is clear that this man has significant leadership skills and a clear vision for the right course for America.
Mr. Pantano, a husband and father of two, is a former marine who took the oath to defend our country in battle not once, but three times (re-enlisting after 9/11), rising through the ranks to become a 2nd Lieutenant. Deployed to the "Triangle of Death" region in Iraq, he fought in Latafiyah, Yusufiyah and Falluja.
In addition to his military service, he has also worked in the private sector -- first in the financial industry and later running his own business. Most recently, he wrote a best-selling memoir titled Warlord: No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.
Meanwhile, in between these activities, he has also managed to find the time and energy to return to school to pursue a master's degree.
He is a man who takes initiative and makes things happen. He serves his community by volunteering, whether with the Red Cross assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina, producing a documentary film to benefit a charity, or serving as a deputy Sheriff.
Pantano also researches and writes on intelligence topics. And he is working on a second book.
He is conservative, smart, articulate, and inspiring. He's got strong position statements on a broad range of important issues, including national security (an area where many candidates are weak). On that topic, he addresses energy independence, immigration, terrorism, and nuclear proliferation. He is well versed on the challenges we face with Iran, China, North Korea, Russia, Latin America, and Cuba. He grasps the threats before us on many fronts.
Here's an excerpt from his campaign web site on national security and China:
When Pantano speaks, he doesn't mince words. He tells it like it is. He speaks with authority and passion.
Living a life of service to others, Ilario Pantano is a 38-year-old dynamo who has got it all. He has proven himself on several fronts - on the battlefield, in business, in education, in writing, in communicating with the man on the street, and in formulating a vision for America that is right on target.
We need this man in Congress.
I urge all AT readers to check out his campaign web site. Read his about his ideas and watch his videos. I think this man is worth our support, whether you live in his district or not.
He's already won the primary, but victory in the general election is far from secure. The Democrats have been in power in this district for over 100 years. But polls now show Pantano has a 50% chance of winning. I hope AT readers will join me in support of Ilario Pantano.
Mr. Pantano will be speaking at the rally in NYC at Ground Zero on September 11th. For those AT readers who are planning to attend, you will have a special treat to hear Ilario Pantano speak in person.