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Shea-Porter Calls on Guinta and Ashooh to Denouce Al Baldasaro’s Comments That Hillary Clinton ‘Should Be Put In The Firing Line And Shot’

Rochester, N.H.—Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter issued the following statement calling on Congressman Frank Guinta and Candidate Rich Ashooh to denounce NH State Rep Al Baldasaro’s comments that Hillary Clinton “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason”:
"Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh need to denounce Trump lieutenant Al Baldasaro's horrific comment that Secretary Clinton should be 'put in the firing line and shot for treason,'" said Shea-Porter. "They both need to denounce these remarks without delay. These comments show the negative impact Donald Trump has had on so many in the Republican Party,  who now feel free to spew hatred and malice without consequence. Guinta and Ashooh have a test here—will they choose moral leadership or abandon our values and look away once again."


As Joe Scarborough pleads with other Republican politicians to speak truth to power, Ashooh and Guinta hide

Rochester, NH- Donald Trump gave a hateful speech yesterday following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. We waited for a statement of repudiation from the Republican candidates for New Hampshire's First Congressional District, but apparently they still support their Republican Nominee and leader, Donald Trump, whose response to the slaughter was to unleash more hate and to attack the President of the United States and suggest that, "he knows exactly what he's doing."

These two candidates have failed to even say or write "LGBT" and are afraid to stand with the people  in New Hampshire and around the country in this time of deep mourning and grief. Rich Ashooh has not even mentioned the shootings.  No leadership. Who are they afraid of?

Their shameful silence, and the silence of other Republican politicians, led Joe Scarborough, a former Congressman and host of "Morning Joe" to say in despair, "This guy is bad news, my fellow Republicans...Speak truth to power…Why aren't more Republicans willing to stand up? This is a time of crisis." 

Mr. Guinta has received more than $21,000 in campaign contributions from the NRA. Mr Ashooh, who said it would be principle over politics for him, apparently quickly changed his mind and is hiding behind other Trump supporters, unwilling to speak truth to power.

Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for former Congresswoman and 2016 Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, said: “Yesterday in Manchester, and throughout the campaign, Donald Trump has made abhorrent comments that do not reflect New Hampshire values. Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh have remained silent on Trump’s ugly, racist attacks. It is too late for these cowards to claim moral leadership or pretend they have moral principles that trump politics. Joe Scarborough urged Republicans to "speak truth to power" but they are cowering. Their actions confirm that they are incapable of showing moral leadership in Congress and do not deserve to be elected.”



Shea-Porter files for office

Concord, New Hampshire-  Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, joined by her husband and supporters, filed as a candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District.  She released the following statement.

“I am running for the United States House of Representatives. During my three terms serving the good people of New Hampshire's First District, I always worked for all of our citizens, and I never forgot that public office is a public trust.

I have spent all of my working life serving others, and in Congress, I was proud to pass legislation to help active duty soldiers and veterans, small business, working men and women, senior citizens, and students.

But we still have many challenges. Congress needs to pass policies that will strengthen the economy, help America's small businesses to grow, and help manufacturers to compete and keep jobs here by making products in America. We need to raise the minimum wage, support our schools, and make college affordable again. Families need quality child care and family friendly polices, and this country needs to address our health challenges, including addiction, mental illness, and other pressing problems. Congress needs to protect Social Security and Medicare and other programs that our most vulnerable rely on, and we all need clean air and water and a safe environment. And as we work on all of this, we also need laws that honor and respect all of our people and provide equal protection.

I am ready to return to Congress to work on these challenges. And once again, I am refusing corporate PAC and DC lobbyist money, because I believe we need to get the money out of politics. I have supported and will continue to advocate for a Constitutional Amendment to help do that.

As I have said, my parents worked hard and achieved the American dream and so have I. I am running again because I believe we must keep America the land of opportunity and fairness for your family and mine." 


Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh’s Silence at Donald Trump’s Racist Attacks Show Tacit Approval and Moral Failure

Rochester, NH- It is now too late for Republican NH-01 Congressional candidates Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta to pretend that they have moral principles that trump politics. They have a racist Presidential candidate who has been spewing hate everywhere against so many people, and they are either cowering in fear, unwilling to follow other Republicans who have spoken out, or they agree with Trump. We don't know, because both men refuse to say, but New Hampshire knows they have failed a critical test of moral leadership, and it is now too late to fake outrage at these hateful outbursts.

Rich Ashooh, who recently claimed to NH1 that he believed principles matter more than party, says he will support the presidential nominee, and refuses to denounce Trump's racist comments. Perhaps he should read Thomas Friedman's essay calling him and others out: "And we know just how little they are attached to any principles, ...being so willing to throw their support behind a presidential candidate whom they know is utterly ignorant of policy, has done no homework, has engaged in racist attacks on a sitting judge, has mocked a disabled reporter, has impugned an entire religious community, and has tossed off ignorant proposals for walls, for letting allies go it alone and go nuclear and for overturning trade treaties, rules of war and nuclear agreements in ways that would be wildly destabilizing if he took office.” 

When it comes to Frank Guinta...well, New Hampshire already knows about his principles. He's all in for Trump.

Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for former Congresswoman and 2016 Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, said: “Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump has made abhorrent comments that do not reflect New Hampshire values. Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh have remained silent on Trump’s ugly, racist attacks, which denotes tacit approval. It is too late for them to pretend they have moral principles that trump politics. Since they wouldn’t tell Trump to stop his attacks on those with disabilities, on people's religion, on their race or ethnic background, on women or other groups he tries to bully, NH citizens now know that they would not be able to count on either of them to show moral leadership in Congress."



Shea-Porter Endorsed by NEA-New Hampshire

Rochester, NH—NEA-NH, representing 17,000 New Hampshire educators, has endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for re-election to Congress in New Hampshire’s First District.

“We’re supporting Shea-Porter because she is a tireless defender of public education,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-New Hampshire President

“What matters now is that we elect leaders who will stand up for students, educators and working families. We need leaders who will support public education and public school students,” continued McGilvray. “We must elect leaders like Shea-Porter who share our vision for the future and who will help protect our right as working Americans to have a voice in our workplace. 

“Every child in New Hampshire, from a Head Start toddler to a graduating high school senior, deserves a first-class education. In New Hampshire’s first district, we need a leader who will fight for public education. It is a top priority that we work together to support our teachers and students. That is why I am proud to have again earned the endorsement of NEA-New Hampshire,” said Shea-Porter


Guinta once again signs Washington Lobbyist Grover Norquist's Pledge. What will Ashooh do-sign it for a second time or stand up for Granite Staters?

Rochester, New Hampshire – Yesterday, Frank Guinta once again surrendered New Hampshire citizens' rights to representation by signing Washington lobbyist Grover Norquist's tax pledge.

CBS News had this to say about Norquist: "He is not a member of Congress, nor the holder of any public office. He's a lobbyist and a conservative activist named Grover Norquist, who over the years has gotten virtually every Republican congressman and Senator to sign an oath called, "The Pledge."

Mr. Norquist claims the federal government does nothing good with our money, and it should be shrunk to the size that it “could be drowned in the bathtub.” It's laughable since Mr. Guinta has been on a government payroll for most of his career.

Mr. Ashooh has also received his paycheck from tax-payer money for most of his career. He was on the federal government payroll as a staffer for right wing Senator Gordon Humphrey, and then for former Senator Warren Rudman.  Mr. Ashooh then lobbied Congress for federal dollars for defense contracts, so he clearly understands that the federal government has a responsibility for security and also creates jobs. Does Ashooh also want to destroy the federal government and end jobs for the people it employs?

Mr. Ashooh is a tea partier who has said he would join the Tea Party Caucus if elected. Now, NH voters want to know if he will sign allegiance again to Norquist.

Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for former Congresswoman and 2016 Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, said,  “Tea Partier Frank Guinta’s re-signing the Norquist pledge is no surprise. His Republican opponent, Mr. Ashooh,  who has also signed the pledge before and has said he would join the Tea Party Caucus, can’t stay silent. He needs to say if he will once again bow to Washington lobbyist Norquist and surrender NH citizens’ rights to representation.  New Hampshire voters deserve an answer—what will Ashooh do?"



Guinta goes home without addressing Zika virus. What would Ashooh do?

Rochester, New Hampshire – Yesterday, Frank Guinta and the Republican House grabbed their beach towels and left for two weeks without addressing the Zika crisis, even though Democrats urged them to stay and work on funding.  In fact, before he left, Tea Partier Frank Guinta voted six times against consideration of full funding for Zika. This is not surprising, given that he has a solid record  of voting against medical research and funding public health initiatives, going so far as to recommend bake sales to make up for low funding.

Now, the voters of NH need to know if his Republican opponent, Rich Ashooh, would have voted the same?

Does Rich Ashooh, who has always courted the Tea Party and attended their rallies, support the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which urgently needs and has requested $1.9 billion in emergency funds? Or does he agree with the Congressional Tea Partiers, including Guinta, who are denying proper funding even as we enter the summer months with more danger to people?

Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for former Congresswoman and 2016 Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, said,  “Just like he’s voted against medical research and public health funding in the past, Tea Party champion Frank Guinta is now swatting away what the Center for Disease Control says it needs to fight the Zika virus. His Republican opponent, Mr. Ashooh, can’t stay silent—he needs to say where he stands on this important health crisis. New Hampshire voters deserve an answer."


Guinta endorses Trump. The question remains- what will Ashooh do?

Rochester, New Hampshire – Today, Frank Guinta officially endorsed Donald Trump. Nobody except Mr. Guinta can say exactly which issue finally prompted him to endorse Trump—it could be Trump's trashing women, or his new addition of murder to his conspiracy theories list, which already included his birther belief that President Obama was born in Kenya and that the Chinese created the concept of global warning.

Now, the voters of NH need to know if Rich Ashooh will make the same strong statement of support for the man who recently challenged the Mayor of London to an IQ challenge test, and of whom leading conservative and military historian Max Boot wrote in USA Today, "If voters nominate him, they will confirm everything bad that Democrats have ever said about the GOP.  A Trump nomination will splinter the party, sully its good name — and increase the risk that a dangerous demagogue will assume the most powerful position in the world."

Does Rich Ashooh support and endorse Donald Trump's statements that Senator John McCain is not a war hero because he got captured and tortured? Does he think Trump insulted the military and veterans when he claimed, after enjoying military deferments, that avoiding venereal disease was "my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.” Or does he have the courage to join real Republican leaders and denounce Donald Trump's ignorant and hateful comments?

Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for former Congresswoman and 2016 Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, said:  “This is Mr. Ashooh's Profile in Courage test, and he must show voters if he has the courage to speak up against Trump, about whom Mitt Romney said, ‘His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a ‘shining city on a hill...’’ Mr. Ashooh was a lobbyist for the defense industry for more than two decades. Does he agree with leading military experts that Donald Trump would make the world less safe? If he does, he should say so, for the good of our country."

Carol Shea-Porter, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District, previously called on Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh to denounce Trump’s deeply offensive statements.  Shea-Porter additionally called on Guinta to return a personal contribution Trump made to Guinta’s re-election campaign earlier last year.




Frank Guinta Rushes to the Defense of Confederate Flag (Twice) – Where Does Rich Ashooh Stand?

Rochester, New Hampshire – In the last 24 hours, Frank Guinta shamefully rushed (twice) to the defense of the Confederate flag, a symbol that reflects a terrible time in American History and should be relegated to private properties, museums, and history books.

Last night, Frank Guinta voted in support of displaying the Confederate flag at taxpayer-funded military academies. And today, Frank Guinta voted against barring the Confederate flag from flying over VA cemeteries. This is stunning—voting to allow a flag that represents secession from the United States to fly over a United States cemetery.

Now that Frank Guinta has made known his support for symbols that have too often been used to show hate and division, it’s time for Rich Ashooh to come clean with voters in New Hampshire’s First District on his position of this racially divisive symbol. 

“Frank Guinta's support for the Confederate Flag proves his values are not Granite State values. It’s time for Rich Ashooh to step forward now and let New Hampshire voters know where he stands on the Confederate Flag flying over VA cemeteries and military academies. This is a test of moral leadership and courage and willingness to stand up to his Republican party. New Hampshire, a state that sent so many of its people to fight against the Confederacy and its flag, waits for Mr. Ashooh’s response,” said Carol Shea-Porter



With Trump’s Nomination Seemingly Secured, Time for Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta to Follow Through on Pledge to Support

Rochester, New Hampshire – Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta need to follow-through and come clean with voters in New Hampshire’s First District on their pledge to support Trump for president.  

Ashooh recently told NH1 last month that he wouldn’t commit until Trump had the nomination. With Ted Cruz leaving the race last night and John Kasish leaving today, Ashooh is left with little choice.

Carol Shea-Porter, candidate for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District,  has already called on Frank Guinta to denounce Trump’s deeply offensive statements. Guinta told NHPR in March that he will support the eventual nominee.

Shea-Porter additionally called on Guinta to return a personal contribution Trump made to Guinta’s re-election campaign earlier last year. Frank Guinta refused to comment to WMUR on whether he’d return the contribution.

“Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta need to admit to Granite State voters that they pledged to blindly support their nominee, including Donald Trump and his ignorant and dangerous views. We already know where Frank Guinta’s loyalties lie, as he refused to condemn Donald Trump for his hateful and divisive remarks, and he has also refused to return the campaign money he took from Trump earlier last year,” said Shea-Porter. “Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta have already said that they will commit to supporting the eventual nominee, so now Granite Staters will see whether Ashooh and Guinta will follow through on their promise to Republican voters." 



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