Editorial: In 1st District, vote Shea-Porter
In deciding whether to send first-term Republican Congressman Frank Guinta back to Washington, we looked at his voting record and asked, “Does that reflect what New Hampshire is?” Our answer was no. First District voters should give the job back to Democrat Carol Shea-Porter.
Guinta’s voting record during his two years in Washington was well out of the mainstream. He was among the House members who brought the nation to the brink of default and lowered its credit rating by refusing to raise the nation’s debt limit. He backed an effort to ban same-sex marriages, supports a ban on abortion with no exceptions, favors preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, supports a withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations, wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, convert Medicare to a voucher program and retain the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Shea-Porter supports none of those things.
Shea-Porter walked the walk when in Washington. A member of a military family, she fought to improve access to health care for the state’s veterans and to protect the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from closure. Her voting record was that of a moderate who was willing to compromise to solve a problem. The nation has suffered enough because of the reflexive obstructionism of members of Congress like Guinta. Vote for moderation and send Shea-Porter back to Washington.