WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -- Former Congressional candidate and marine's deputy, Illario Pantano says he will not run for Congress in 2014.
For almost four years, Pantano has been focused on writing his new book entitled, Revolutionary South: The Liberal War on God, Guns, Guts, and American History.
Pantano says he's putting down politics in place of the written word.
Earlier this week, County Commissioner Johnathon Barfield announced he will be running for office in the 7th Congressional District against incumbent Mike McIntyre.
When asked about Barfield's chances in the upcoming election, Pantano says Barfield has a chance. "Congressman Mike McIntyre has gotten a lot of support from NRA type groups," said Pantano. "The only opportunity for Barfield to raise the money he will need to compete is to potentially attract some of the millions from anti-gun groups."
Pantano also said that he thinks Barfield would have a tough time in the general election if he makes it that far. But, he also said that Barfield could have some success in the primaries, "if he can rally certain elements of his base."