Letter: Be wary of Guinta
Recently, former congressman Frank Guinta visited Hampton Beach and told Hampton Beach Area Commission Chairman John Nyhan that getting federal funding for the Ocean Boulevard strip improvement was a priority for him.
Guinta said, “This is the kind of project that a TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant, at a federal level, should be utilized for . . . for efficient and safety-based projects like this one here.”
Note to Hampton Beach and other New Hampshire towns: Don’t be fooled. In fact, Guinta has a solid record of opposing federal funding for local projects, and he is depending on voters either not knowing or remembering this fact.
In 2010, Guinta said, regarding Memorial Bridge, that if a project is not a “federal responsibility, other funds than federal funds are going to have to be found. It’s a tough stance, but . . . we have to bring the budget into balance.”
Guinta lets his Tea Party ideology do his thinking for him, insisting that government has no role (government “just needs to get out of the way”). New Hampshire’s communities, including Hampton Beach, should be aware of the flip-flops in his position.