Concord, NH – During last week’s live NH1 debate, Tea Party candidate Marilinda Garcia reasserted her unyielding support for the polarizing former New Hampshire House Speaker, Bill O’Brien.
When asked if she ever opposed Tea Party House Speaker O’Brien’s extreme policies, Garcia evaded the question and could not name even one issue on which they differed. Garcia even went so far as to say that she ‘appreciated his work’ on the budget passed by the New Hampshire state legislature in 2011. This notorious budget was devastating for Granite State families; it cut funding for the state university system by half, slashed funding for domestic violence prevention programs, and eliminated millions of dollars in funding for hospitals in New Hampshire. Despite this, in a recent profile piece in the Union Leader, O’Brien was identified as Garcia’s “friend and political mentor.”
“Bill O’Brien’s legislature was out of touch and too extreme for New Hampshire. If Garcia claims she is going to take what she learned in the New Hampshire legislature to Washington, as she stated in a recent Concord News Radio interview, then New Hampshire voters should know she will bring to Washington an agenda that works against our New Hampshire values— she would eliminate programs like federal student loans that allow Granite State students to access higher education, cut critical services for victims of domestic violence, and take away a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. We simply cannot allow her to push her extreme agenda on our Granite State families,” said Kuster campaign spokeswoman Rosie Hilmer.