Guinta announces run for Congress, will seek to face Shea-Porter again in 2014
Frank Guinta editorial board. October 26, 2012. Running for re-election in the first congressional district. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff)
Republican Frank Guinta will run for Congress next year against U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, he announced yesterday, seeking to reclaim the seat he won in 2010 and lost two years later.
“The news out of Washington is pretty depressing these days. Politicians in both parties seem more interested in fighting than making tough decisions and solving our problems. It’s so disappointing,” Guinta said in a video posted online. “But you know what? We can find common ground without sacrificing our principles. It just requires working together for the same goal. That’s how we do it here in New Hampshire.”
In the video, Guinta talks about his time as mayor of Manchester, a job he held from 2006 to 2009, but he doesn’t mention the two years he served in the U.S. House after defeating Shea-Porter in 2010. Shea-Porter, a Rochester Democrat first elected in 2006, defeated him in a 2012 rematch.
They will face off for a third time in 2014 – if Guinta is the GOP nominee. He appears likely to face a contested Republican primary in the 1st District, which includes Manchester, the Seacoast and part of the Lakes Region.
Portsmouth Republican Dan Innis, who has said he’s exploring a run in the 1st District, announced last week he will step down as dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, effective Nov. 1.
“I’m gauging my own plans on my own schedule and will go public with those plans in the next couple weeks,” Innis said yesterday.
Guinta, in his roughly two-minute announcement video, said the middle class “is really getting squeezed right now” and the federal government “can’t get anything done.”
“Washington needs to focus on helping the middle class. We need to reform government so we can protect things that really matter, like Medicare and Social Security. We need to promote economic policies that create opportunity and growth, so our small businesses can grow and create jobs,” Guinta said. “And while some politicians always think bigger government is the answer, in New Hampshire, we know better.”
Democrats blasted Guinta yesterday as he entered the race.
“Frank Guinta spent his time in Washington championing the Tea Party at the expense of New Hampshire families. . . . Frank Guinta’s notoriety as a rubber stamp for the far right wing and national Republicans cost him his seat last fall and he shouldn’t be surprised when New Hampshire voters reject him again for the very same reasons next year,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein, in a statement.
Guinta wasn’t doing much fundraising before this summer. As of June 30, his campaign committee reported having $412.61 on hand and about $289,000 in debt, almost all of it personal loans from Guinta during the 2010 campaign.
As of June 30, Shea-Porter reported having about $140,000 on hand and no campaign debt.
Fundraising reports for the third quarter, which ends next Monday, are due to the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15.
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