By Verne Strickland, April 21, 2012
No, Ilario Pantano of New York has not raised eight acres of tobacco. That is not the opportunity or the curse of every red-blooded American patriot. But, as much as any who have migrated to our area from the frozen north and chosen to stay and raise a family, he has invested his loyalty and his love in the region, meeting and embracing our good citizens, and becoming a model citizen himself. He has endeared himself to many by his open, engaging attitude – peculiarly Southern – and is ready to represent our area with the same genuine enthusiasm, spirit and effectiveness as one raised here.
Rouzer owns a business consulting firm, with tobacco companies as clients. On the side, he owns a distributorship, marketing a degreaser called Cobra Clean.
His past experience includes stints as a senior staffer for former U.S. senators Jesse Helms and Elizabeth Dole, where he cites work on farm bills, the tobacco quota buyout and the 1999 Hurricane Floyd disaster recovery legislation among the highlights.
He also was appointed by President George W. Bush to a post in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he helped manage a $1.2 billion budget and a rural loan portfolio of $5 billion.
Rouzer also worked as a lobbyist for tobacco companies in Washington, but said he deregistered in 2008. In the heat of campaign debates, Senator Rouzer has been coy about his service as a lobbyist, a point not missed by those keeping score. At times outright evasive, Rouzer seemed aware that his work in support of amnesty for illegal, undocumented workers could generate a particularly cruel backlash. And it has.
Whereas Rouzer worked closely with Jesse Helms at various points in his career, Ilario Pantano never met the iconic five-term Republican U.S. Senator who passed away in 2008 at the age of 86.
While Rouzer has had every opportunity to absorb Jesse’s philosophy, he may have fallen short of duplicating the beloved Senator’s unrelenting personal code of honor, for which Senator Helms was respected by friend and foe alike in Washington and around the world.
Americans for Legal ImmigrationPAC has endorsed David Rouzer's opponent Ilario Pantano due to Pantano's support for adequate enforcement of America's existing border and immigration laws.
Ilario Pantano has made fighting illegal immigration a top issue in his campaign. He has vowed he will oppose any form of Amnesty for illegal immigrants that would allow them to stay in the United States.
Pantano has attended recent immigration hearings conducted by the NC General Assembly. His opponent David Rouzer has not attended these meetings even though he serves as a state legislator.
"The voters of North Carolina have a clear choice between Ilario Pantano, who will work to deter illegal immigration, and David Rouzer, who is now on the record supporting Amnesty which will only encourage more illegal immigration to our nation and communities," said William Gheen. "Now that David Rouzer has abandoned his earlier denials and admitted his support for Amnesty our job is to make sure every voter knows about his unpopular stance."
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC plans to raise funds to conduct an automated call to GOP voter households in District 7 warning voters that David Rouzer supported Agjobs Amnesty for illegal aliens in the past and has reaffirmed his support for Amnesty during the recent debate on WECT.
For more information about Americans for Legal Immigration PAC or to view ALIPAC's 125 currently endorsed federal candidates, please visit www.alipac.us
Raise the issue of term limits, and decide for yourself which candidate – Pantano or Rouzer – fits more into the McIntyre mold. McIntyre ignored his own promise several times to limit his terms in office, but is going for a ninth term as he gears up his 2012 campaign. Rouzer has declined to commit to term limits, whereas Ilario Pantano has signed a pledge to seek no more than three Congressional terms if elected to this office."Term limits would be a tremendous step at reforming our culture of corruption in Washington," Ilario Pantano said.
Pantano’s commitment to returning to citizen government in Washington, D.C. “is a beacon that should be followed by candidates across the nation,” Blumel concluded.