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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.”

Shawn O’Connor’s Campaign Filing And Caucus Announcement Shocks Democrats

Just in case you did not hear the news this weekend, Shawn O’Connor has filed his candidacy for US Congress to represent New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

However to the surprise of many, O’Connor filed to run as an Independent.

O’Connor was first out of the gate to announce his candidacy for Congress. He announced his run as the first Democrat to challenge Congressman Frank Guinta in March of 2015.

He made his announcement to run as an Independent on WMUR’s Close Up, that aired over the weekend adding that he will caucus with whoever is in power when he gets elected. This means he will caucus with Republicans or Democrats.

O’Connor, who said he was “proud to” endorse Senator Sanders campaign for President also stated that he was “firmly in the Sanders – Elizabeth Warren camp of the Democratic Party.”

If O’Connor really was firm believer “in the Sanders – Warren camp of the Democratic Party” why would he ever say he would caucus with the Republicans? The answer is simple. O’Connor does not care about either party. He is trying to buy his way into power by buying a seat in Congress.

Oconnor approval ratingsO’Connor claims that polling supports his campaign for Congress even though polling from UNH in April shows that 86% people “don’t know enough about him” and that his favorability actually went down from previous months.

Just as O’Connor made outrageous claims that Carol Shea-Porter was spreading a whisper campaign against him. Now he is claiming that the New Hampshire Democratic Party is blocking his campaign by not allowing him to speak at their upcoming convention. I guess when you threaten them with lawsuits they tend not to want to invite you to their party.

The fact is that O’Connor is a carpetbagger who moved to New Hampshire from New York City a few years ago with the sole purpose of running for Congress. He has donated a million dollars to his own campaign to buy his seat in Congress.

He is a greedy, power hungry opportunist evident by the fact that he probably knows he will lose the primary to Carol Shea-Porter so he is now running as an Independent. An Independent who stated he will caucus with whoever is in power to get better (more powerful) committee positions and assignments.

O’Connor has completely gone off the rails and as every day that goes by his entire campaign shows that he is only interested in one thing, buying his way into Congress.

Carol Shea-Porter Files For Congress, Connects GOP Opponents To Trump’s Racist Remarks

Carol Shea Porter Filing 2016

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.”

Shea-Porter took no time in connecting her Republican opponents to the racist Republican nominee Donald Trump saying that their silence shows “tacit approval and moral failure.”

In a recent press release the Shea-Porter campaign said:

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.”

Public School Champion, Carol Shea-Porter, Receives Endorsement From NEA-NH

Today, NEA-New Hampshire announced their recommendation of Carol Shea-Porter for the 1st Congressional District race.

Rochester, NH—NEA-NH, the largest public employee union in New Hampshire, representing 17,000 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. 

During her last term in office (2013-14), Shea-Porter advocated for the passage of the Strong Start for America’s Children Act and denounced the GOP budget cuts to the federal Head Start program.  

In 2013, Shea-Porter co-sponsored the REPAY Supplies Act,” that provides tax deductions to teacher who purchase supplies for their classrooms. The Classroom Expense Deduction allows teachers who pay out of their own pockets for classroom supplies like books, software, and rulers, to claim a $250 above-the-line deduction on their tax returns. The bipartisan Reimburse Educators who Pay for Academic Year (REPAY) Supplies Act of 2013 would have permanently extend the Classroom Expense Deduction. 

In 2014, Shea-Porter was recognized for her work advocating to children by the Campaign for Children, naming her a “2014 defender of children.

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 Signs Norquist’s Anti-Tax Pledge Showing His True TEA Party Allegiance

Guinta 2010 - 2 (Image by Jason Meserve)

Guinta 2010 – 2 (Image by Jason Meserve)

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?”

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