WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Wilmington, NC: Conservative Republican Author, Businessman and Marine War Veteran, Ilario Pantano who won the 7th Congressional district GOP nomination in 2010 issued the following statement today:
“On Friday my family and I were attacked once again in a seemingly “anonymous” email campaign. This is not the first time we have been subjected to attacks in the course of seeking to represent the citizens of North Carolina’s 7th district. The email string parrots attack lines that were used on an “anonymous” attack website, http://nopantano2012.blogspot.com/,earlier this year.
As Mr. Crow and Mr. Rouzer are both now officially filed candidates, and Mr. McIntyre is expected to file shortly, those three are the only beneficiaries of the derogatory and hateful slander that has been hurled against my family. I am asking all three candidates to call on their supporters to respect the sanctity of families and stop these attacks.
Naturally, the policy, ideology, and the professional experience of the candidates in this race are open for discussion as the voters evaluate their choices in the upcoming elections, and I am prepared for spirited debates along these lines. However, parents, spouses, and children aren’t, and neither are blatantly false and malicious personal attacks on a candidate’s character or faith.
This statement serves as the sole warning and reminder: As the only candidate with a wife and small children in this race, I consider my family strictly off limits.
I call on Congressman Mike McIntyre to stop any political messaging that even mentions my wife or my mother. I have shown the McIntyre family that level of respect and I deserve the same.
Congressman Mike McIntyre’s staff member, Tony McEwen is a Vice Chairman of the NC Democratic party which operates and funds the blog site (www.thefactsaboutpantano.wordpress.com) slandering me, my mother Merry, and my wife Jill. It is regrettable that a member of Congress in concert with the NC Democratic Party would find that type of personal attack necessary.
I am also calling on my GOP opponents to respect the sanctity of families and disavow these attacks as well. It is unlikely that Mr. Rouzer or Mr. Crow are behind the seemingly anonymous attacks that have circulated in the past, but the fact remains that they are now beneficiaries of them since they are filed candidates and they both have histories of questionable personal attacks in GOP primary campaigns.
On May 1st 2008, Mr. David Rouzer and his campaign strategist Bob Rosser were served a civil summons by Rouzer’s NC State Senate primary opponent according to court documents filed in Wake County Superior Court (http://projects.newsobserver.com/under_the_dome/state_senate_race_may_go…).
On the 19th of May, 2008 Ms. Nena Reeves, Rouzer’s primary opponent, filed a formal complaint seeking damages of at least $10,000 and alleging the following:
“6. Plaintiff Nena Reeves and Defendant David Rouzer, in April 2008, were opposing candidates for nomination as the Republican candidate for election to the NC State Senate for Senate District 12.
7. In late April, 2008, to win the primary election, the Defendants (Rouzer & Rosser) conspired to issue written statements to thousands of people making accusations about the plaintiff that are false and defamatory…
23. The false words and statements knowingly published by Defendants have defamed and libeled the plaintiff in her profession, standing in the community and means of livelihood…
27. The actions of Defendants as hereinbefore alleged were done in the course of and scope of commercial activity in the State of North Carolina. Defendants’ actions were made in bad faith, were unethical, were unfair to Plaintiff, were deceptive to the public and were intended to harm Plaintiff in her personal and professional activities…”
Mr. Randy Crow has operated a blog site, www.randycrow.com, which has devoted thousands of words to attacking my family and me, including blaming me personally for the attacks on 9/11. On May 18, 2010, after being defeated in the primary, Crow staged a press conference where he repeated his assertions that I was part of the government conspiracy that had planted “chips in his brain.”
I have never engaged in personal attacks against the families of any of my political opponents and never will. I hope that my opponents in this race will disavow their history of personal attacks, and for the remainder of this race will avoid attacking my family or the families of anyone else running in this race.”