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N.C.-07 and N.C.-02 GOP: Ilario Pantano and Renee Elmers for Congress

By Michelle Malkin  •  August 31, 2010 11:41 AM

Longtime readers of this blog and Hot Air know the extraordinary story of Ilario Pantano’s heroism. He’s the Marine sniper-turned-Wall Street trader who rejoined the military after 9/11, faced the death penalty for killing two Iraqi insurgents in the heat of battle in a terrorist-infested town near Baghdad, fought fiercely and successfully to clear his name, wrote the book Warlord chronicling his experiences, and defended other defenders who volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way for their countrymen.

Pantano is continuing his journey of public service in the political square. He’s running against Democrat incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in North Carolina’s 7th district. UNC Wilmington prof and Townhall columnist Mike Adams has a nice profile of Pantano here.

Pantano’s website is here: He’s on a mission to protect the homeland, preserve conservative values, and increase fiscal accountability. Please lend your support to a warrior who put his life on the line for America.


In N.C.-02, there’s another conservative candidate who deserves your attention and support. She’s Renee Ellmers — the GOP challenger to incumbent Democrat Rep. Bob Etheridge.

Etheridge, you will recall, is the seven-term entrenched incumbent caught on tape throttling a college student who had the audacity to ask him about his support for President Obama.

Elmers is a wife, mom, surgical intensive care nurse, and activist who was galvanized to run for office during the grass-roots town hall revolts against Obamacare. She’s holding an “End the Stranglehold on Congress” moneybomb event today:

Since he went to Washington, Bob Etheridge has been a symbol of what’s wrong with Congress – and that’s not only when he’s putting a stranglehold on college students, but also when he’s voting for big spending, big government policies that put a stranglehold on business and cost us much needed jobs.

Fortunately, this year District 2 voters have the best opportunity they have had in years to send a common sense conservative to Washington. But it will take all of us working together to bring Bob Etheridge home in November.

Bob Etheridge has a million dollar campaign war chest that he will soon be tapping to flood the airwaves with ads designed to convince District 2 voters that he has represented their interests in Congress. Renee needs your help to tell voters the truth: Bob Etheridge has voted for the liberal, big government policies of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama 97 percent of the time and the result has been a stranglehold on our economy.

Today the campaign is launching an “End the Stranglehold on Congress” moneybomb. We are asking all of Renee’s supporters, along with other concerned conservatives across the country, to contribute to Renee Ellmers for Congress to send Bob Etheridge home.

A vote for Renee Ellmers is a vote to restore decency and accountability in Washington. Spread the word!

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