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In case you missed it, The N&O’s Rob Christensen reports that Gov. McCrory has selected controversial former marine and two-time congressional candidate Ilario Pantano as assistant secretary for the State Division of Veterans Affairs.

As Christensen also reports, Pantano is not your typical state government appointee:

“Pantano is a businessman, author and former Marine who first came to national attention when he was accused by the Marines of murder after shooting two unarmed Iraqis held in captivity during the Iraq War in 2004. An article 32 hearing found no credible evidence or testimony for the accusation and the Marines declined to prosecute Pantano, dropping all charges.”

His autobiography: Warlord: No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy reflects the words on a sign that he placed above the corpses of the two men he killed – “No better friend, No worse enemy.” You can read more about Pantano (who also, rather remarkably, worked for Goldman Sachs at one time) in this lengthy profile written in New York Magazine at the time of the murder investigation.