Marilinda Garcia announces campaign for U.S. Congress
State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, of Salem, talks to the media after announcing her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »
Republican state Rep. Marilinda Garcia kicked off her campaign for Congress yesterday with a promise to shrink the federal government.
“The continuous flow of government mandates, regulations and taxes are literally making it impossible for local government to solve local problems,” said Garcia, a four-term state representative from Salem.
She is running for the seat in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District now occupied by U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster. Garcia will face a primary for the Republican nomination against former state senator Gary Lambert of Nashua.
Garcia said in November that she would run for Congress. With the support of more than 70 current and former Republican state representatives yesterday afternoon, she formally announced her candidacy.
She attacked Kuster for supporting the Affordable Care Act. Kuster, a first-term Democrat from Hopkinton, was not in office when the health care law passed in 2010, but she has said she is committed to improving the law since it launched last fall.
“Rep. Kuster supports Obamacare, the law that caused tens of thousands of New Hampshire families to receive policy cancellation letters and caused thousands more to pay even higher insurance premiums,” Garcia said. “This law must be dismantled because it’s bad policy, but it’s also an example of what’s wrong with Washington.”
Frank McCarthy, a former state representative from Conway, introduced Garcia yesterday as “a new generation of conservative leadership.”
Garcia, 31, noted that she has more legislative experience than either Lambert or Kuster. She said she will focus her campaign on individual liberty and personal responsibility. The federal government needs to move away from its path toward “bigger and more government,” she said.
Garcia’s father is Spanish-American, though she said yesterday that she is not running simply to expand the Republican Party’s base.
“I don’t think the party’s been very good about communicating what it is we believe and why, and our vision for the country,” she said. “So I just intend to, you know, communicate that message, my message, and if by virtue of being who I am that helps expand our base, that’s great.”