Marine veteran Ilario Pantano told supporters he’ll run again against U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre in the 7th Congressional District, reports Politico.
“Allow me the opportunity to protect you and your families from the wolves at the door. Our borders must be secured, and our enemies must be made sure of our seriousness of purpose,” Pantano, a Republican, wrote supporters in an email, according to Politico.
Pantano was backed by the tea party but lost by eight points to McIntyre, a conservative Lumberton Democrat, this past fall.
Pantano, a former Wall Street trader, served in Iraq and drew attention in part because of his biography. He was charged with murder after shooting two unarmed Iraqis in a 2004 incident, but the charges were dropped after the Marines decided they didn’t have enough evidence for a conviction. Pantano later wrote a book about his ordeal.
McIntyre was considered vulnerable this past year and might be again. The Washington Post listed McIntyre among its top 10 endangered House members in January.