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Marilinda Garcia opens Concord headquarters for 2nd Congressional District campaign

  • Marilinda Garcia chats with Rep. Larry Gagne, a Manchester Republican, while cutting cake at her campaign for Congress's opening party for the new Concord office on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Marilinda Garcia chats with Rep. Larry Gagne, a Manchester Republican, while cutting cake at her campaign for Congress's opening party for the new Concord office on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Supporters and staff chat while touring the Concord office of Marilinda Garcia's senate campaign on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The campaign had an opening day party for the office. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Supporters and staff chat while touring the Concord office of Marilinda Garcia's senate campaign on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The campaign had an opening day party for the office.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Marilinda Garcia, a candidate for Congress in the state's second district, chats with supporters while holding her niece Gemma Cavallaro, 3, at White Mountain Coffee during the opening party for her Concord campaign office on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Marilinda Garcia, a candidate for Congress in the state's second district, chats with supporters while holding her niece Gemma Cavallaro, 3, at White Mountain Coffee during the opening party for her Concord campaign office on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • A cake reading "Good Luck Marilinda. Onward!" sat on a snack table at White Mountain Coffee in Concord during the opening day party for Marilinda Garcia's campaign for Congress's new office on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    A cake reading "Good Luck Marilinda. Onward!" sat on a snack table at White Mountain Coffee in Concord during the opening day party for Marilinda Garcia's campaign for Congress's new office on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Marilinda Garcia chats with supporters at White Mountain Coffee during the opening day party for her campaign for Congress's new office in Concord on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Marilinda Garcia chats with supporters at White Mountain Coffee during the opening day party for her campaign for Congress's new office in Concord on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Marilinda Garcia chats with Rep. Larry Gagne, a Manchester Republican, while cutting cake at her campaign for Congress's opening party for the new Concord office on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Supporters and staff chat while touring the Concord office of Marilinda Garcia's senate campaign on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The campaign had an opening day party for the office. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Marilinda Garcia, a candidate for Congress in the state's second district, chats with supporters while holding her niece Gemma Cavallaro, 3, at White Mountain Coffee during the opening party for her Concord campaign office on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • A cake reading "Good Luck Marilinda. Onward!" sat on a snack table at White Mountain Coffee in Concord during the opening day party for Marilinda Garcia's campaign for Congress's new office on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Marilinda Garcia chats with supporters at White Mountain Coffee during the opening day party for her campaign for Congress's new office in Concord on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

As Marilinda Garcia welcomed the public to her new congressional campaign headquarters in Concord last night, speakers and supporters alike praised her as a candidate uniquely positioned to serve New Hampshire’s 2nd District.

Garcia, 31, wrapped up her fourth term as a Salem representative just hours before yesterday’s open house and, in her remarks at the event, said she credits her time in the state Legislature with teaching her about both policy issues and how to stay true to her purpose as an elected official.

She also criticized a “toxic environment” in Washington and said she plans to fight to preserve an “equality of opportunity” for all citizens, stressing her focus on uniting constituents instead of dividing them on socioeconomic, geographic, racial or other lines.

“It’s really important that New Hampshire feels it’s being represented well on a federal level,” she said in an interview before the event. “I feel it’s been lacking, as do a lot of people I’ve talked to.”

Rep. Stephen Stepanek, state Senate candidate J.P. Marzullo, Rep. Gary Daniels and Bea Hughes, Garcia’s campaign chairwoman for Nashua, also spoke at the event on Garcia’s behalf.

Stepanek, in his remarks, called attention to Garcia’s vote against an expanded gambling bill – a move that garnered recent criticism from supporters of Garcia’s primary opponent, Gary Lambert – as an example of her ability to follow through on her stated positions.

“To me, I look at that and say: She told everyone before she ran what she was going to stand for and how she was going to vote,” Stepanek said. “She stuck to her guns and told people what she was going to do.”

Marzullo, meanwhile, noted the presence of “so many millennials” in the crowd – underscoring the importance of their role in the upcoming congressional race.

Phil Boynton, a recent University of New Hampshire graduate and the former president of the UNH College Republicans, was one of those young adults. While he’s not a resident of the district Garcia is running in, he’s nonetheless interested in her candidacy because she counteracts an “unfortunate stereotype” that Republicans don’t care about young people and is “more representative of who the Republican Party is.”

“I have to applaud someone her age standing up and running for Congress, especially from the millennial generation,” said Boynton, 22. “We need new people who are young and have a new perspective.”

The event was originally slated to take place outside Garcia’s new headquarters at 19 Pleasant St. but was moved to White Mountain Gourmet Coffee, just next door, after the forecast called for rain, campaign manager Tom Szold said.

At the event’s peak, about 70 people – including family and volunteers – gathered inside the coffee shop, with more touring the office upstairs. Campaign staffers estimated that the event saw about 100 people in total, which was on target with their expected attendance.

Inside the campaign’s small office space, visitors were greeted by your standard office scene spruced up with string lights, handmade campaign signs exclaiming phrases like, “GO MARI!”; an elephant-shaped wall-hanging; and dry-erase boards scribbled with a tally of a week’s worth of phone calls – 3,737, among other notes.

The space will be “tight quarters” for Garcia’s team of eight full-time staffers and a growing crew of volunteers, Szold said, but he said he’s energized by the attention the open house garnered.

“There’s no question, momentum is on our side,” Szold said, adding that Garcia’s turnout exceeded that of a gathering held by incumbent U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster earlier in the day.

Kuster campaign manager Pat Devney disputed that figure when contacted last night.

“Congresswoman Kuster was excited to have roughly 100 supporters from across the District join her this morning at the State Capitol as she filed for reelection,” Devney said in a statement. “She will continue to work across the aisle to create economic opportunity for all Granite Staters, fight for our veterans to ensure they have the support they need as they return to civilian life, and stand up for New Hampshire seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare.”

Garcia announced her intent to run for Congress last November and formally kicked off her campaign in January. Garcia and Lambert, a former state senator from Nashua, will face off in the Sept. 9 primary, in pursuit of the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Kuster.

Earlier this week, the Garcia campaign announced that she had received the endorsements of 52 House representatives from Merrimack, Cheshire, Hillsborough, Rockingham, Belknap, Carroll and Strafford counties.

In April, a WMUR Granite State Poll found that Garcia was “in a dead heat” with the incumbent: 33 percent of likely voters indicated that they would vote for her at the time of the poll, while 34 percent said they would vote for Kuster and 32 remained undecided. One percent of respondents said they would vote for someone else besides Garcia and Kuster. The poll results were based on phone interviews with 507 randomly selected New Hampshire adults, according to an online summary of the results.

(Casey McDermott can be reached at cmcdermott@cmonitor.com.)

There coming for you, Annie....

Maybe if learned to spell correctly, what you are saying would make sense. But I doubt it.

Maybe if YOU put another "you" in your sentence, IT would make sense. Oh but , now you'll probably flame me for being a member of the "grammar police." But you wouldn't do that in this instance would you tillie, for that would make you a hypocrite, sense you pulled the "grammar card" first . . .

I realized I left out the "you" but since I cannot edit on here, I figured the sentence was understandable . Using "there" instead of "they're" make the sentence incomprehensible. It is not a grammar problem, it is a spelling problem. People on this site, could use a little grammar policing. The over use of apostrophes is ridiculous.

tillie, Your incessant use of "goggle" (google) is pretty ridiculous, too, but God help the person who makes it publicly known. Oh, crap...help me, Lawd!

Tillie, I like you. I love your feistiness in standing up to the trolls, and I think many of your comments are cogent and to the point. But I think that when you start on people's spelling and grammar you have ridden off the rails. None of us is perfect. It's very tempting to say something flip - I've done it myself in the past and will undoubtedly do so again in the future. But when we do that we just sink to the level of the trolls. Try to resist that temptation.

I make mistakes too, Beanie, and I cringe when I see them. I try not to mention errors because it is not germane to the discussion and both sides do it. But a lot of the posters on here brag about their expertise and have contempt for the "lower classes" and I like to stick a pin in their balloon if I can. Laurie(rats)Fenwick's post made no sense the first time I read it because of the misspelling.

So basically your stating that you view some posters on here as bragging and have contempt for the lower classes. I can see that Tillie, because you have told me to get off my high horse. And questioned anything I have said personally about myself. When someone tries to explain about their life, like where they started and where they ended up, that is not bragging, it is to show that some folks actually manage to get out of their situations and better themselves. And it also shows, that they have been there, and know what it is like to be in a bad situation. You seem to have an issue with folks who have more than you do on some level. A loft of lefties are like that. That is why they see success as a bad thing . I am always thrilled to hear about someone I know bettering themselves. Lefties are not. They focus on victims and how to get others to pay for their choices. Just my opinion from the posts I see here. The truth is, those that have been through rough times and get out of them, are usually the ones that give back once they can afford to. They never forget where they started out. .

Well, Rabbit , this is a little different than your constant bad mouthing Obama. To be honest you were not upper most in my mind when I wrote that. You do seem to stereotype a lot, such as saying "lefties" see success as a bad thing. I mean really, how can you say something like that. I have no problem with others having more than I do, I am quite used to it, but it bothers me when they are not grateful for their success and sometimes don't appreciate how they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Or as the Kochs or Romneys of this world , inherited it. It seems too me a lot of these new tea party conservatives have no empathy for others who work very long hours in low paying jobs. You may have noticed it is not just "lefties" that are saying it, but the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer and in the long run, that is not good for any of us. And I don't know anyone who wants to poor.

Well Tillie, you just might be surprised to find out that 86% of wealthy folks are in fact self made. They did it the old fashioned way, they earned it! They all have some things in common though. They are not afraid to take risks, They may take out a loan, buy a run down house, fix it up and sell it. Do that a few times and they make a profit. Then you have the folks that believe in opening a business and do not let the fear of failure stop them. They take risks and do not let fear stop them. They basically make choices. Then you have folks who take out loans for school and get a career, or become tradesmen. Now the left believes that wealthy folks got that way from luck. The only way to get wealthy in regards to luck is if you buy a lottery ticket and win. The reason I said the left does not like the rich is because they always are trying to pry away their money from them. They detest them yet they are fine with taking their money. We have a tax system, I for one would like a flat tax across the board. Say everyone pays the same % like 28%. And for me, basically folks make choices about their lives. With choices comes responsibility. That's not to say they should not get temporary help. Without the rich, there would be no charities, jobs etc. There has always been rich and poor. The fact that there is more poor now, can be the case for a lot of reasons. There are a heck of a lot of folks who live off the govt now, more than ever. A lot more disabled, and a lot more on welfare. Generational. It is a lot more complicated than ya think.

Well,Rabbit, as usual we agree to disagree. I am kinda glad I don't have a lot of money and have to spend so much time worrying who is trying to get some of it. It may be corny but true, there is more to life than money.

Most folks I know would love to be wealthy, it is basic human nature. Gives you the opportunity to give back and help those in need. Money does not buy happiness that's for sure. But it sure makes life a lot less stressful if you do not have to worry about not being able to pay your bills.

Well this debate went off track again. People certainly have the right to be wealthy, but my point is why the demonizing of people that have not had the good fortune of being wealthy. There Is no way everyone in a society can be rich, someone has to do the dirty work. Just respect those people. Giving money to foundations just to perpetuate their names is not charity of the heart. Most people I know do not want charity, they want work and respect for that work.

It went off track because of you.

It did not go off track. I was debunking the myth that most wealthy folks inherited it, were lucky or most inherited it. I know of nobody that ever demonized folks that work, no matter what their profession is. I am not talking about foundations in regards to giving back, I am talking about charities. Cancer Charities, Boys 7 Girls Club, etc. As far as being poor goes, it is generational now. Look at how many folks actually work. Disability now is the next bubble that will burst. We have 180 poverty programs to help folks get out of poverty. Most are not. The only time we saw any progress in regards to getting folks out of poverty was when Clinton passed welfare reform. The results were amazing. Everything is not about emotion, and the idea that if you take care of folks they will in fact get out of their situation. We know what happens when you do everything for a child. That child gets dependent of the parents, never learns self esteem, a work ethic etc. That also applies to adults. Socialism never works. Eventually you run out of other people's money. Why work when the govt takes all your money in taxes? It is common sense.

ok, I must agree with you, that definitely people do use the system and they should be routed out, but this is a conversation that goes around and around. It is nice to help boys and girls club, but how does that pay the rent and put food in the mouths of hungry children. In the 50's before the great society, charities would drop food baskets off at homes and give vouchers to Salvation Army for clothes. I lived that as a child, it was very demeaning and hard for children. There really was a poor house if you had no where to live. Do you suggest we go back to Scrooge's time? People want to work and they need a fair wage. As I said before we agree to disagree. I have a beautiful day planned outside so I will sign off on this subject. Hope you get to enjoy the sun too.

The claim that 86% of "wealthy folks" are self-made is suspect from the get-go. How is “self-made” being defined? How is “wealthy” being defined? When the 1% own over 40% of the nation’s wealth, what % of those people are truly “self-made”. For instance, Mitt Romney is regarded as self-made, but had all the advantages of private schools and family ties before he ever ventured into venture capital with Bain. Most would regard him as having come from the country club set. As for more run-of-the-mill millionaires: Were they educated in public schools? Have they used public libraries? Police and fire protection? Have they used roads, bridges and public transport? Have they taken advantage of government-provided business incentives? Relied on regulatory agencies like the FTC or the SEC? Depended on our legal system for patent protection? Ever used the courts or legal system? Relied on our currency system? Used social welfare programs? Needed the U.S. military? In the end, the claim to be ‘self-made” is shallow, thoughtless, and an oxymoron.

Romney did not "inherit" his wealth. He earned it. And so what if someone "inherits" something. You think that makes them less of a person or in Al Gores words the "winner of life's lottery". The people who preceded them earned that and they handed it on to their children. You think that once a person dies what was theirs should be divided equally among everyone? Yeah, "it seems to" YOU that, ............. That is your perception taking place of reality. I help everyone in my own way. As I have said, I have worked up to 3 part time jobs and to get through college worked 4 jobs for the last two years to graduate. That is what you do. Some people get richer than others and some people remain poor. Some people when I grew up did not even know that they were poor. What you make or I make or Romney makes is NO business of anyone. Unless of course you are a Democrat and you want to divide and conquer people by playing the income inequality game. For that you need the uninformed ignorant masses to just repeat the propaganda like a broken record hoping that after awhile the low information voters believe it.

You're repeating yourself. While I'm sure we're all suitably impressed at your success, you're avoiding the hard economic reality that is described by the facts on income inequality in our nation. It's simply true that it's a lot easier to "earn" your wealth when you're starting on 3rd base, the way Mitt did. To pretend otherwise is absurd.That's taking nothing away from Mitt--he has worked hard. But the old saw that it takes money to make money is a truism for a reason. As a society, we have probably never had a more skewed distribution of income. This fact is undeniable; it is NOT due to the fact the middle class and working class suddenly got fat and lazy. Instead, as most economists and economic historians agree, it has its roots in a set of deliberate policies--some well-intentioned but short-sighted, that allowed income inequality to grow largely unchecked. Part of that involves taxes--when the top marginal income tax rate was 92%, people still worked hard to earn their fortunes. While correlation is not causation, there is a connection between our lowered tax rates since the 70's and lessened economic opportunity, social mobility, and yes, even diminished civility in the political sphere. We have far less social mobility--perhaps less than at any time in our history. For most of the past decade and a half, several European countries have had greater social and economic mobility than we. Finally, it bears pointing out that every time you recite your own Horatio Alger story, not only does it sound both boastful and defensive--it's also a red herring used to avoid dealing with the facts. Personal anecdotes--however admirably they reflect on your work ethic and morals, are an evasion from economic reality for millions of Americans--many of whom have worked just as hard as you, but still found themselves at the end of the day with a smaller paycheck than they'd envisioned for themselves. You can talk all the live-long day about "low information voters", but at the end of the day, the low information voters are the ones who vote with you: the low information poster.

The poster in question has already established herself as a curmudgeon first class, with mean-spirited posts about the homeless and the unfortunate, outdoing even the Carpers at their worst. Her comments would seen to come right out of the pages of Granite Grok and the more extreme, libertarian wing of the TP'ers. Give her credit though for owning her opinions, and not hiding behind a moniker while making her outrageous claims.

Bruce, don't break your perfect record of name calling, accusations, etc. Keep building your strawmen and dragging the red herring. I think it is good that you are not hiding behind your moniker......I think others need to realize that as well.....but again an epic FAIL in responding to the poster and just more of the same "name calling" as you accuse others of.

Anyone who equates the poor and homeless to "rats', as Fenwick did in another thread, deserves to be called a 'curmudgeon'. It's not name-calling when it's aptly descriptive of behavior on this thread. You, on the other hand, throw around words like "marxist" and 'socialist' with abandon. Feel free to match the majority of my posts for factual content any day of the week.

Clue the music from the movie Jaws Laurie! That would work.

A Socialist and Marxist who is ashamed of those terms and who knows that they describe him....stunning RabbitNH. In his opinion, his posts are "factual".

A Washington Lobbyist I know said in his blog this week that in his 5 decades on the hill he has never seen the partisanship as bad as this. QUOTE: "My recent meetings with some of the Democratic House members were disappointing. A couple gave me the distinct impression that they view working with any Republican as disloyal to the Democrats. I left the Hill last night around 6:00 p.m., upset about the partisanship I had observed" Garcia is the fresh youth movement we need - We simply cant send any more liberal LAWYER professional politicians to DC or America will cease to exist as we know it. If you vote to send back to DC a massively partisan liberal lawyer - you are the gridlock problem in DC

Oh right, and who know more how to get rid of gridlock than a Washington lobbyist.

that is why tillie will always remain a LIDV living in a mobile home in Epsom with her hand out begging for somebody to pay for her to live

Have you been spying on me, BR? Funny how people that hate government interference the most, love sticking their noses into the business of people that disagree with them. From your many hints about how important you in government circles, I think you have been drinking at the public trough yourself. PS. you are wrong about me. Have you ever noticed the big yellow house on route 28 that looks like a fortress?

"I'm just a little old lady living in a big yellow fortress off route 28 in Epsom.". Hey folks, party this Friday night at tillie's. Be there or be square.

Larry, you left out sweet and innocent and so balanced. Could hardly hurt a flea with her kind words.

Itsa, My post was a summation taken directly from tillie's own posts in this forum. Point being, she tosses it all out there, then cries foul when it boomerangs on her; "Hey, that's stepping over the line!". Apparently, that big yellow fortress off route 28 in Epsom houses no mirrors...lol.

Tsk, tsk, and Rabbit says you right wingers don't look down on the working classes. BPR you would have loved it in Russia, with the Tsar just before the revolution. Maybe if you keep trying that way of like will come back for you.

That way of LIFE. You know serfs and all that good stuff. When people really know their place.

tillie, the last time I looked 90% of us are "working class". Just because you don't get your hands dirty does not mean you are not "working class". It is often much harder to manage something than putting a widget in a hole. No one is looking down but most of us are just making ends meet while you are calling us selfish, cold hearted and "looking down". To be honest I can't believe that someone in your generation could be that naive to make those kinds of comments.

Itsa, goggle the word "patronizing."

tillie, I goggled the word 'patronizing' and I did not see anything through the goggles, I did not even see the word. After awhile the goggles hurt my head so I took them off. When I took them off I did not see the word 'patronizing' either. Well, I tried. Your point?

You are rude and condescending and I spelled it that way just to make sure you wasted your time and wouldn't be on these pages bothering me. Looks like it worked. If you don't know how to "goggle", there is a another way to look up words you don't know the meaning of, It is called a "dictionary." DIC TION ARY. Got it?

Pssssst......I am working class......

"that is why tillie will always remain a LIDV living in a mobile home in Epsom with her hand out begging for somebody to pay for her to live" Good Lord, BPR. Don't you think that's just a little bit over the line?

I agree with you FOF, that is over the line. This is what happens when folks name call instead of discussing the issues in a civil manner. But it is not one sided. A fact many on the left refuse to admit. If you are going to bait people in your posts, you will get pushback. Not defending BPR, just stating the rhetoric has been going downhill since this administration took office. You cannot prevent any President from being evaluated on his policies, even if you have the media on your side. If you use race , gender and demonizing the wealthy, at some point those you accuse will push back. And when ya practice emotional warfare, ya get emotional responses.

Itsa and BPR don't have a line, so they don't know when they have crossed it. For some reason they both assume because I take the part of people who have worked all their lives I must be some parasitic welfare queen. I have never been on welfare in my life, never even got food stamps, during the Reagan recession I was on unemployment for 3 weeks, I have worked minimum wage jobs and moved myself up in positions over 50yrs of working. My husband and I live on 5 acres in a home we built ourselves 30 years ago. Itsa, BPR and other righties on these pages have stereo typed me because of what I believe. I really don't care, because I don't have any respect for them at all.

No one ever said that you were a 'parasitic welfare queen'. The Reagan recession? LOL. If you lost your job during the Reagan years, it was not due to the economy. Yes, yes the hand built home, such a thing of the past. It is certainly true that you have no respect for others based on what you assume you know.

Do you ever even read your own posts or BPR's? Probably not . And don't tell me why I lost my job. I know why I lost my job. Reagan.

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