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In first TV ad, Lambert attacks Garcia on amnesty for illegal immigrants

Last modified: 8/16/2014 1:49:38 AM
Republican Congressional candidate Gary Lambert has released his first television ad, which spends 20 seconds introducing the candidate and his background, and 10 seconds attacking primary opponent Marilinda Garcia.

Lambert is a former one-term state senator from Nashua. Garcia is a four-term state representative from Salem. Jim Lawrence, a former state representative from Hudson, is also running in the Republican primary; the winner of the Sept. 9 election will face Democrat Rep. Annie Kuster.

The ad shows Lambert with his wife and two daughters, and then as a young Marine, and in fatigues and a flak vest, in what appears to be the Middle East.

“I’ll stop Obama’s amnesty and demand a secure border,” he says in the ad, which then switches to a female narrator who says Garcia “endorsed Obama’s amnesty plan, giving citizenship to illegals.”

It refers to a resolution at the 2013 National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators which said, in part, “legalizing the undocumented population lets us know who is living within our nation’s borders and allows our public safety representatives and first responders to focus time and resources on criminal elements intent on threatening our nation, citizens, freedoms, and way of life.”

Garcia was one of 12 co-sponsors of the resolution.

“The resolution cited in the ad is simply an effort by Marilinda to put a solution on the table – a solution that does not include amnesty. She believes the fact that millions of people are in the U.S. illegally, making money, not paying taxes, and often receiving taxpayer-funded benefits, is a real problem. Figuring out how to deal with this problem – starting with getting them to pay their taxes – is her goal,” her spokesman, Kenny Cunningham, said in a statement.

Lambert’s campaign spent $20,000 on airtime for the ad, according to WMUR.

Garcia has not yet broadcast any television commercials, but outside groups appear to be doing it for her. Club for Growth, which endorsed Garcia, has spent more than $100,000 on television ads in her favor.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)


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