On election day, Kelly Ayotte maintains Frank Guinta should resign from Congress

  • Kelly Ayotte at Blake's Restaurant in Manchester/

Monitor staff
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Tuesday she hasn't changed her position that fellow Republican Frank Guinta should resign from Congress, following the Federal Election Commission’s finding in 2015 that he illegally accepted a $355,000 donation from his parents during his 2010 campaign.

“My position hasn’t changed on him,” Ayotte said Tuesday.

She told WMUR last year Guinta should resign saying: “This is a decision he needs to make, but if I were in his position, that’s what I would do."

Both of the New Hampshire Republicans are facing primaries today. Ayotte, of Nashua, is being challenged by former state senator Jim Rubens. Guinta, of Manchester, is facing a primary fight in the first congressional district against businessman Rich Ashooh. Guinta said the money came from a fund he contributed to, but returned the contribution in January as ordered by the FEC.

Ayotte campaigned in Manchester Tuesday afternoon, stopping at Blake’s Restaurant — her favorite lunch spot — to greet voters. Many said they plan to vote for her today at the polls. 

The first-term senator is expected to win her primary, but told reporters her campaign is “obviously taking nothing for granted.” 

Gov. Maggie Hassan is running on the Democratic side, but doesn’t face a primary challenger.

Polls show a match-up between Hassan and Ayotte is a near dead-heat. Guinta's campaign didn't immediately return a request for comment.