The Conway Daily Sun Endorses The Republican In Independent Clothes For NH 1st District

Today the Conway Daily Sun endorsed Republican Independent Shawn O’Connor for Congress in the First Congressional District.

O’Connor the candidate to beat the ‘rigged’ system,” so far is only available in print, is more proof that even solid Republicans cannot stomach Guinta’s reelection effort.

“We disqualify Guinta for fudging his campaign finances and then lying about it,” they stated. At least the people of the North Country can agree on one thing, Congressman Guinta is a lying, corrupt politician.

If they disqualified Guinta for lying, why would they promote another candidate who also has questionable integrity and has lied to people about being mistreated?

Remember those lies that O’Connor lobbed at the Democratic Party and the Shea-Porter campaign about starting a “whisper campaign” against him. He attacked Shea-Porter and Ray Buckley, Chair of the NH Democratic Party, but when the reporters began digging, they could not find any proof of his allegations.

The fact is the Conway Daily Sun wants to endorse a Republican and they just could not endorse Guinta, so they picked the next best thing: A Republican pretending to be an Independent.

Other than the fact the Conway Daily Sun’s editorial board would not even sit down with the Democratic candidate, they spelled out their bias quite clearly in their editorial.

“And although he lines up with Democrats on progressive issues, as a former staffer for Jim Greenwood, a Republican Congressman from Philadelphia, he is no stranger to conservative ideas.”

“Corporate tax rate too high at 39%? … [O’Connor] says cut it in half.”

Cutting taxes on corporations who don’t pay their fair share already does not sound very progressive. It sure does not sound like something Senator Bernie Sanders or Senator Elizabeth Warren would support.

The Conway Daily Sun also referenced “polls” that claim O’Connor is pulling “20%” of the electorate. The truth is that O’Connor has not broken double digits in any public poll, which would disqualify him from the upcoming debate on Oct 31st in North Conway that the Conway Daily Sun is promoting.

O’Connor is trying to say he is ‘progressive’ because he supports an increase in the minimum wage. You know what, so does 80% of Granite Staters including every Democratic candidate up and down the ticket.

O’Connor also likes to promote that he endorsed Senator Sanders for President. The problem is that those in the Bernie Sanders for President N.H. Steering Committee do not support O’Connor. In fact, the Steering Committee just announced their endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter, a true progressive.

Someone who once claimed to be from the “Warren wing of the party” now says if he is elected he will caucus with Republicans. How progressive of him.

The fact is that O’Connor is a carpet-bagging Republican who left Wall Street and moved up here from NYC to buy himself a seat in Congress. So far O’Connor has loaned over $1.2 million dollars to his own campaign.

Things are going so bad from O’Connor that him most recent FEC filing shows that he made -$315 last quarter. That’s right, he actually refunded more donations than he brought in.  O’Connor’s campaign is hemorrhaging money so badly that O’Connor himself had to loan his campaign another $200,000. Even after all of that additional money, he only has $23,601 left at the end of the quarter.

Following O’Connor’s campaign is like watching two trains running head on at each other. You know it’s going to hurt, but you just cannot turn away.

Veterans and Military Families for Progress Endorses Carol Shea-Porter

vmfp-logoRochester, NH— Today, Carol Shea-Porter received the endorsement of Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP). Founded in 2005, VMFP works to ensure that the needs of veterans, active duty service members, and their families are understood by the American public and supported by legislation, regulations, and public policy initiatives. 

“Former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is a strong supporter of our nation’s veterans and active armed forces. While serving in the House of Representatives on the Armed Services Committee Carol Shea-Porter clearly demonstrated her determination to work on behalf of our nation’s active military and veterans by supporting legislation that would benefit all of our active military men and women and veterans. Ms. Shea-Porter’s strong commitment to the issues that are critical to veterans, those serving now, and their families is unsurpassed. Her public support for priority funding of the Veterans Administration and her declared determination to provide for the establishment of a national veterans and military family policy give all veterans and their families, especially those who are living in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District, hope that they will continue to have a Congresswoman who will vote in such a way as to keep faith with those who have served and sacrificed. We feel that veterans, active duty, military families, and in fact, all people of New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District will be well-served with Carol Shea-Porter as their representative by ensuring that America remains strong in national defense and in fighting terrorism,” said VMFP in their endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter. 

As the daughter of a World War II veteran and the spouse of a veteran, Carol Shea-Porter has a deep and personal understanding of the commitment and sacrifice our service members make every day. She successfully expanded access to services at the VA in Manchester, voted for the Choice Card for vets, and was an original cosponsor of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. She’s been instrumental in passing legislation to create jobs for veterans and ensure that they get the benefits they’ve earned.

“I am honored to have earned the support of Veterans and Military Families for Progress. I’m a former military spouse, and I’m proud of my husband’s service. The problems at the VA must be fixed and we must ensure that our veterans have access to care and get the benefits they’ve earned. I was proud to vote for increased funding for medical care, PTSD research, and claims processors because veterans should never have to wait for care or the benefits they deserve. I was also proud to be an original cosponsor of the Post-9/11 GI Bill of Rights to ensure that veterans returning home from their service have jobs and educational opportunities,” said Carol Shea-Porter.

In New Campaign Ad ‘Vision’, Shea-Porter Showcases Distinct Differences Between Candidates

In New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, we have two very distinctly different choices.

Guinta ABC MailerIn one corner we have Congressman Frank Guinta, who in 2010 won the distinguished title of “Most Corrupt Politician” from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Guinta has also been busted by the FEC once for illegal campaign contributions and already has another FEC complaint against him.  Guinta receives lavish campaign support from the Koch Brothers network, The Americans for Prosperity, and dozens of special interest Super PACs.  During previous campaigns Guinta received heavy support from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) who actively lobby against unions and push for so-called “Right to Work” in our State House.

In the other corner we have former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, a proven fighter against the special interests and who refuses to take corporate PAC money.  She is committed to preserving Social Security and Medicare for future generations and refuses to let politicians balance their budgets on the backs of seniors.  Shea-Porter is a strong labor ally who has fought hard against attacks on workers rights and specifically against attacks on the USPS.

“I’m running for Congress because New Hampshire needs an independent voice, someone who isn’t beholden to corporations or special interests. DC Democrats weren’t very happy when regular citizens asked me to run again because they know I’m independent and I refuse to accept corporate PAC or DC lobbyist money.  When I’m back in Congress, I’ll once again stand up for veterans, seniors, students, and working men and women.  I’ll fight for raising the minimum wage, for equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, affordable child care, Planned Parenthood, and debt-free college,” said Carol Shea-Porter.

Earlier this week, the Carol Shea-Porter for Congress campaign released “Vision,” their first campaign ad of the season.  

The 30-second spot highlights Carol’s commitment to New Hampshire values: family, hard work, responsibility, and fairness.  In the ad, Carol talks about her priorities, like passing equal pay for equal work, raising wages for workers, and making sure veterans get the benefits they deserve. 

Shea-Porter Calls On Guinta To Renounce Trump’s Statement About Veterans With PTSD

Congressman Frank Guinta remains silent after Donald Trump attacks veterans suffering from PTSD as not being “strong enough.”

Photo by Evan Guest

Photo by Evan Guest via Flickr CC license

Yesterday at an event with Retired American Warriors PAC, Donald Trump implied that veterans returning from combat with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are not strong enough to handle it.

“When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what the people in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump told a room full of veterans.

According to the Lone Survivor Foundation, “1 in 3” combat service members return with “invisible injuries” like “combat trauma, traumatic brain injury (or both).”  Combat trauma, or PTSD, has many tell tale warning signs such as “flashbacks, avoidance, isolation, hyper-arousal reactions including anger outbursts.”

On average we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide. Many of these veterans are suffering from PTSD reliving the worst moments in their lives, over and over again.  Many veterans organizations have put access to treatment for PTSD as their highest priority.

We should not be surprised by Trump’s comments about veterans suffering from PTSD as he said that Senator John McCain was not a war hero because “he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

Ironically, Trump himself avoided military service four times through student deferrals and was eventually medically disqualified in 1968. He told reporters at the Washington Post that he had “a bone spur in his foot, but did not recall which foot had been injured.”

Guinta 2010 - 2 (Image by Jason Meserve)

Guinta 2010  (Image by Jason Meserve)

In New Hampshire, Congressman Frank Guinta, one of CREW’s most corrupt politicians, a vocal supporter of Donald Trump, remained silent after Trump’s outrageous statements last night. Guinta’s opponent, former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, condemned Trump and called for Guinta to “renounce Trump’s comments” in a statement released last night.

“Frank Guinta is serving as a lapdog for Donald Trump instead of standing up for the people Trump is bullying. Trump’s newest attack is again on veterans, and again, Mr. Guinta is silent. Carol Shea-Porter was a military spouse and served on the House Armed Services Committee.  She has met many brave men and women who served their country in war and are now being treated for PTSD. They are heroes and do not deserve Trump’s insults,” said Naomi Andrews, spokeswoman for Carol Shea-Porter. 

This is not the first time Guinta has taken heat over his “support” for veterans.  Last week we released a story about Guinta’s “double speak” when it came to supporting veterans and funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Guinta voted against the Omnibus Appropriations bill that funds the government. The bill increased fundingfor the VA by $6.4 billion. The legislation, which fortunately was not tanked by Guinta’s refusal to support it, increased funding for medical care by $4.7 billion and provided funds to hire 770 VA disability claims processors to tackle the claims backlog.” 

Will Guinta continue to support Donald Trump who: attacked war hero, John McCain; disparaged the Kahn’s, a gold star family who lost their son in combat; and implied that combat service members returning with PTSD are not strong enough.

If this is the type of “support” that a Trump/Guinta ticket has to offer, they can just keep it.

Shea-Porter Garners Endorsement From Americans For Responsible Gun Solutions PAC

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

Rochester, NH— 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.”

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Endorses Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) For Congress

With Warren Wing Rising, Shea-Porter to Continue Championing Campaign Finance Reform, Debt-Free College, and Expanding Social Security

Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is announcing its endorsement of Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) for Congress. Shea-Porter is in a rematch with her 2014 challenger — in a district that Democrats must carry to win a progressive mandate in 2017. PCCC also endorsed two other bold, progressive congressional candidates Rep. Rick Nolan (MN-8) and Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17).

“Carol Shea-Porter has fought tirelessly against corporate interests on the behalf of working families as one of the earliest supporters of debt-free college. We’re committed to marshalling progressive resources to send Shea-Porter and other Elizabeth Warren wing Democrats back to Congress to represent the bold, economic populist views that resonate with most Americans. We need their leadership in Congress in 2017 and beyond,” said PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor.

After hearing the news Carol Shea-Porter released the following statement:

“Stephanie, Adam, and the entire team at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee have been at the forefront of progressive change across this country, and I have been very honored to receive their endorsement each cycle. My staff and I and our grassroots volunteers are excited and grateful to have the support of the PCCC grassroots activists community, who carry our progressive message to so many more voters! Thank you so much for the help!”

Shea-Porter is running again for the seat she won in 2006, 2008 and 2012. Her time in Congress was marked by her strong support for progressive priorities like the Affordable Care Act and clean energy, and her opposition to fast-tracking trade deals like TPP.

Latest polls show Shea-Porter beating incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Guinta, 48-29 percent. Guinta, one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents, was the subject of probably the shortest editorial in the history of the New Hampshire Union Leader paper: “Frank Guinta is a damned liar.”

The PCCC will support the candidates with fundraising, volunteers, and staff support. The grassroots organization has raised over $7 million for progressive candidates and committees since its founding in 2009. The PCCC has over 1 million members nationwide, including over 20,000 in Minnesota, over 7,000 in New Hampshire, and over 143,000 in California.

Other candidates PCCC has endorsed this cycle include: Russ Feingold (WI-Sen), Zephyr Teachout (NY-19), Pramila Jayapal, (WA-7), Angie Craig (MN-2), Jamie Raskin (MD-8), and Colin Van Ostern (NH-Gov).

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.”


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.”

GOP Candidates For NH’s First District Remain Silent After Trump’s Shocking Attack On Khan’s

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.”

Guinta Lies About Opposing The TPP In New Campaign Video

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.”

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