Unable to rely on Guinta’s own failed record to draw positive contrast at a forum featuring U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter, conservative front group instead tries for ‘gotcha’ moments on lame, non-Congressional topics
CONCORD, NH – Former Congressman Frank Guinta’s failed record is so bad that a new conservative “advocacy” front group run by his former campaign manager couldn’t even use it to draw contrast at a Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid forum featuring Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in Manchester yesterday afternoon.
“A forum is a perfect place to talk about an alternative policy vision, but Frank Guinta’s record is so weak that his cronies couldn’t even bring up one positive, contrasting idea,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “While in Congress, Frank Guinta supported Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system. His full embrace of Ryan’s failed ideas around privatization led voters to kick him out in November.”
Instead of addressing any one of the pressing federal issues that U.S. Rep. Shea-Porter is voting on, a tracker from Citizens for a Stronger New Hampshire – the conservative election front group run by former Guinta campaign manager Mike Biundo – instead pressured the Congresswoman for her stance on a state income tax and road tolls. The first has no substantive policy debate in the state right now; the second is a state-level legislative issue that the Congresswoman has no vote on.
“Front groups like Citizens for a Stronger New Hampshire should be seen for what they are, lightly veiled political attacks for the 2014 election,” Rice Hawkins said. “It is a shame that groups like this hide behind non-profit status to do their dirty work.”
The incident happened at a Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid forum on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the William B. Cashin Senior Center in Manchester. The public event was attended by more than 70 Granite Staters and featured conversation with both Congresswoman Shea-Porter and seniors who use the critical programs. Statements made by the Congresswoman during the event are available by request.
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