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Shea-Porter Campaign Releases Plan to Reform Congress

Today, the Shea-Porter campaign is releasing a comprehensive plan to reform how Congress does business.  The plan takes direct aim at our broken campaign finance laws, lobbying disclosure, Congressional disclosure, and Congressional perks.

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Carol Shea-Porter Campaigns with Senator Elizabeth Warren

 

Manchester, NH— Today, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, Congressional Candidate for New Hampshire’s First District, campaigned with Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Senate Candidate Governor Maggie Hassan, and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Colin Van Ostern.

Shea-Porter and Warren kicked off the day by speaking to hundreds of volunteers at the field office in Manchester, then joined Hassan and Van Ostern in Durham, where they all spoke to an overflow crowd at the University of New Hampshire.

In Manchester, Elizabeth Warren and Carol Shea-Porter spoke to more than 400 volunteers about how important this election is and how essential it is to go out and knock on doors. The two grassroots campaigners excited supporters when they called for eliminating student debt, protecting our environment, passing equal pay for women, and protecting access to reproductive healthcare rights. 

In Durham, Senator Warren talked about the Republican right wing agenda in Congress and how it hurts regular people. She highlighted Donald Trump’s abysmal history, including the way he ripped off students with his fake university. Frank Guinta is Mr. Trump’s top cheerleader and admirer in New Hampshire, and they are both ethically challenged.  The FEC found Mr. Guinta guilty 6-0 of accepting illegal campaign contributions, and there is a new FEC complaint, filed by the former head of the New Hampshire Republican Party, stating that Guinta kept an additional $81,000 of donor contributions for himself. 

“While disgraced Congressman Guinta continues to serve special interests, Carol is proud to stand with Senator Elizabeth Warren, a champion for the middle class,” said Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for candidate Carol Shea-Porter. “Elizabeth Warren, Maggie Hassan, Colin Van Ostern and Carol are striving every day to create opportunity for all and to protect the people from Donald Trump, Frank Guinta, and their Republican allies in office.”

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Guinta will be Held Accountable for Vote Against 9/11 Heroes

Rochester, NH—Congressman Frank Guinta thought he could get away with voting against the James Zadroga  9/11 Health and Compensation Act. But this was a brutal vote against our heroic firefighters, police, and others, and he will be held accountable in November for rejecting healthcare for our 9/11 heroes.

This critical legislation allowed our selfless 9/11 First Responders—our firefighters, police, and others—to receive lifetime healthcare benefits to treat their injuries and illnesses resulting from the terrorist attacks. Mr. Guinta said that he voted against the Omnibus and the money for our heroes because, in his own words, "they are merely inducements to vote for more federal bloat and debt."

“Carol Shea-Porter was proud to co-sponsor and help pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. The Zadroga bill in both 2010 and 2015 was a moment when Democrats and Republicans were able to come together and make sure that our 9/11 heroes were put above politics,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Naomi Andrews. "Congressman Guinta put his political and ideological interests before our 9/11 heroes. Firefighters, police, and other First Responders now know they cannot trust Frank Guinta to represent them. They also know that Carol voted for that funding, and that she will continue to honor them and their sacrifices."

 

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Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ Organization, Americans for Responsible Gun Solutions, Endorses Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

Rochester— Today, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the organization founded by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, endorsed Carol Shea-Porter.  Americans for Responsible Solutions advocates for common sense solutions to reduce gun violence while protecting responsible gun ownership.

"Carol Shea-Porter knows that with freedom comes responsibility, and that we can do more to keep guns out of the wrong hands while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners like us. I am proud to support Carol, my former colleague and a leader who is committed to standing up to the Washington gun lobby and to bipartisan change that will help prevent gun tragedies. In Congress, Carol will be a tireless champion for the vocal majority of Granite Staters who are calling on their elected leaders to do more to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer,” said Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Unlike Congressman Guinta, Carol Shea-Porter supports universal background checks to make it easier to stop criminals or terrorists from purchasing firearms. She believes that stalkers who have threatened or abused their partners and are under a restraining order shouldn’t be allowed to purchase a firearm. Carol knows that if someone is too dangerous to fly, that person shouldn’t be allowed to purchase a gun 

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Americans for Responsible Solutions. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have done incredible work advocating for gun violence prevention measures,” said Carol Shea-Porter. “Sadly, it’s far too easy for criminals, terrorists, and individuals who are a danger to themselves or others to buy guns. Congress needs to pass common sense legislation that protects people’s Second Amendment rights while helping our law enforcement agencies keep illegal weapons off the black market and out of the hands of criminals.” 

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Carol Shea-Porter Statement on NH-01 Republican Primary

Rochester, NH—Democratic candidate Carol Shea-Porter issued the following statement on Frank Guinta’s extremely narrow primary win.

“Frank Guinta's primary opponent was right when he said Guinta is unfit for office. New Hampshire deserves better. I look forward to holding Congressman Guinta accountable for his constant deception of New Hampshire voters. His brazen lies about illegal campaign contributions, his record, and his unfounded personal attacks have no place in our state. He has repeatedly lied to the people of New Hampshire, and when caught red-handed, he refused to admit or apologize, even when Republican leaders and New Hampshire newspapers called on him to do so. Congressman Guinta has made a mockery of the values we cherish in New Hampshire: honesty, integrity, transparency, and independence.

In Congress, I was proud to fight for middle class families, small businesses, women, the LGBTQ community, seniors, and veterans. I was a strong voice for military men and women and their families on the Armed Services Committee, secured more funding for veterans’ healthcare and more grant money for college students, protected Social Security and Medicare, and voted for funding for Medicaid expansion, which is being used in New Hampshire to fight the opioid and heroin crisis. I have never accepted a dime from corporate PACs or DC lobbyists, and I have been a strong advocate for campaign finance reform. I will work tirelessly to pass equal pay, child care, and paid family leave legislation to help New Hampshire families. We need a Congress that will work for the rest of us instead of collecting checks from corporate interests. I will bring my New Hampshire values—hard work and integrity—back to Washington.”

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Guinta and Ashooh’s friend, Jerry DeLemus expected to plead guilty to federal charges

Rochester, NH-  Jerry DeLemus, Trump’s Veteran's Coalition co-chair, who is praised and admired by both NH-01 Republican Congressional Candidates Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta, is expected to plead guilty next week to federal charges stemming from his role as “Sheriff” in the standoff at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch in 2014. 

Republican Congressional Candidate Rich Ashooh has said nothing. Perhaps he is hoping that nobody knows how much he admired Jerry DeLemus, even though he knew him to be an extremist who started a Glen Beck 9/12 chapter in NH, was a birther, and supported extreme right wing positions. In spite of that, Rich Ashooh was a guest at an event for a PAC that Delemus headed, and in a speech there, called Jerry DeLemus "the fist of liberty." 

Republican Congressional Candidate Frank Guinta defended his good friend.  In a letter that DeLemus’s attorney submitted to the court, Guinta wrote: “(I) have found [DeLemus] to be a man of strong passions with a thirst for freedom.”  

Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement:  “NH-01 Republican Congressional Candidates Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh’s support and open approval of so many of Jerry DeLemus’s actions and hateful statements, coupled with their support for Donald Trump and silence on Trump's actions and hateful statements, prove they lack judgment and moral courage, and do not represent New Hampshire values.”

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AFT NH Endorses Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

Shea-Porter a Proven Leader, Best Suited to Represent Working Families

New Hampshire—Today, AFT New Hampshire announced its endorsement of former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter for election to Congress from New Hampshire’s First District.

“This fall’s election presents Granite Staters with a clear choice—the same old gridlock and leadership failures in DC, or a proven leader with a history of producing results for the First District’s working families,” said AFT NH President Doug Ley. “That proven leader is Carol Shea-Porter, and AFT NH is proud to endorse her for Congress. Carol listens and understands that negative politics like we have seen in Washington and right here in our state is not the NH way.”

“Carol Shea-Porter is the candidate in this race best suited to represent the interests of middle class families and our teachers, para-educators, police officers and all of our members who serve the public,” Ley continued. “Frank Guinta would rather kowtow to special interests than fight for the jobs and priorities working families in the Granite State need and deserve. But Carol understands the importance of supporting public education, affordable healthcare, and real job creation measures as our economy continues to grow.

“Carol Shea-Porter shares our deep commitment to supporting the middle class and ensuring everyone has an opportunity to achieve the American dream, and we are pleased to support her election this fall.”

"I am very honored to once again be endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers –NH,” said former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.   “I graduated from a NH public high school and from the University of New Hampshire, and I know how committed AFT-NH members—teachers, school support staff, police, higher education faculty and town employees- are to serving the people of this state. I share their commitment to Granite State families, and I will bring my New Hampshire values of hard work and honesty back to Washington.”

“AFT-NH is the State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. The AFT has over one million members with nearly 4,000 members here in New Hampshire.   These members are teachers, school support staff, police, higher education faculty and town employees. AFT-NH is a member of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO which represents over 45,000 working men and women.”

 

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Déjà vu? Guinta caught by Roll Call using taxpayer funded mailings (again)

Rochester, NH- Today, Roll Call printed an article entitled, “House Members Send Mail on Taxpayer’s Dime, Vulnerable Ones Do It Much More,” and New Hampshire's ethically challenged Frank Guinta's spending earned him coverage in the very first line. "Rep. Frank Guinta is one of four top spenders on so-called franked mail."

Guinta's office tried to justify being in the dirty four list again by pretending that his abuse of the taxpayers’ money was because the big spending congressman is "committed to openness and transparency, including communicating our efforts on behalf of Granite Staters, important at a time when many feel alienated from their federal government." (Eye roll.)

But Frank Guinta was caught for the same outrageous and wasteful spending in 2012 by Roll Call. This 2012 statement byNaomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Candidate and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, still applies:

“Congressman Frank Guinta’s spending on franked mail caught the attention of Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper”… “Roll Call examined his campaign pledge to cut spending, and criticized him and the other top tea party spenders for both their spending and their hypocrisy about it. Roll Call cited Mr. Guinta along with three others, saying they ‘ended up using the franking system, often to circulate mailings that come off as more self-promotional than informational,’ and went on to talk about Frank Guinta’s efforts to woo senior citizens. Mr. Guinta should be ashamed of himself and stop campaigning on our taxpayer money immediately.”

 

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Guinta deceives voters on TPP position after casting deciding vote to give President Obama power to fast-track TPP

Rochester, NH— This morning, in a new campaign video his campaign released. Congressman Frank Guinta again deceived voters, this time about his position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Based on his past support for TPP, this is just another dishonest political stunt to distract from his campaign financing scandal.  Frank Guinta has actually been very supportive of TPP, writing to President Obama to urge him to move it forward. Here is a report from WGBH:

“Only one New Englander has declared support for the bill, according to The Hill: New Hampshire Republican Frank Guinta. Guinta signed onto a public letter with other freshman Republicans in support of the measure.”

Frank Guinta signed a letter to President Obama that promoted TPP and the passage of TPA (Trade Promotion Authority).  Guinta's letter said,  "Swift action early this year on TPA would pave the way for sustained economic growth and job creation.  We ... look forward to working with you to pass TPA early this year."

Congressman Guinta cast the deciding vote for fast track for TPP, which gave President Obama sole authority to negotiate and forced Congress to only be allowed to vote "Yes" or "No" on the whole package, with no opportunity to amend. 

In response to Guinta's deception, Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement: 

“While Frank Guinta deceives voters in whatever way he thinks will save his campaign, I have always been steadfast in my opposition to both TPA and TPP. I do believe in trade, but it needs to be fair trade. The TPP does not meet that standard. The TPA took away legislators' ability to impact or change anything in the trade agreement, which I believe gives too much power to the Executive Branch."


Guinta and Ashooh silent on Military Gold Star Mothers, proving their political ambitions trump compassion

Rochester, NH— Both Frank Guinta and Rich Ashooh have remained silent about Donald Trump’s cruel comments attacking Gold Star mother Ghazala Khan. Ms. Khan stood by her husband Khizr Khan at the Democratic convention when he talked about their son, Humayun, who sacrificed his life to save others during an attack in Iraq. On Saturday, Trump declared, “Look at his wife, she was standing there. She has nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.” Trump added that he sacrificed also.

Various veterans groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, have spoken out against Trump's comments. The organization VoteVets released a letter signed by the families of twenty-three fallen service members who said:

“We are all Gold Star Families, who have lost those we love the most in war. Ours is a sacrifice you will never know. Ours is a sacrifice we would never want you to know.

Your recent comments regarding the Khan family were repugnant, and personally offensive to us. When you question a mother's pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us.”

In response to Ashooh's and Guinta's silence, Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement. 

"My husband grew up on military bases, and served himself. He and I saw many people carrying the wounds of war when he was in the Army. I am stunned that Mr. Guinta and Mr. Ashooh won't defend Gold Star families and the military."

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