Frank Guinta Announces Congressional Run on YouTube

Frank Guinta. Credit: Frank Guinta
Frank Guinta. Credit: Frank Guinta
Former 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta announced in a YouTube video posted Monday morning that he will run for his old seat in 2014.

Guinta, who held the seat from 2011 to 2012 before losing to Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, is the first Republican candidate to formally announce his candidacy. Dan Innis of Portsmouth announced last week that he is resigning as dean of the University of New Hampshire business school, sparking rumors that he will also run. And Dover School Board Chairman Rocky D'Andrea, who is running for Dover mayor, also hasn't ruled out a run.

The Union Leader's John DiStaso wrote last week that former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has already chosen to endorse Guinta and will visit New Hampshire in October to campaign for him.

In his YouTube video, entitled "By Working Together We Can Solve Our Problems," Guinta calls the news out of Washington "pretty depressing" and says that lawmakers need to stop fighting. He goes on to talk about his history as Manchester's mayor, and his wife, Morgan discusses her husband's upbringing and family life.

Guinta closes the video with the tagline, "I'm Frank Guinta, and that's why I'm running for Congress."

As of Monday morning, Guinta also has a campaign websiteFacebook page and Twitter account set up.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party issued a press release Monday morning following Guinta's web announcement, referring to the candidate as "disgraced former Tea Party Congressman Frank Guinta" and trying to paint him as a rubber stamp for the GOP right wing.

"Frank Guinta spent his time in Washington championing the Tea Party at the expense of New Hampshire families," NHDP Communications Director Harrell Kirstein said. "He voted to keep tax breaks for millionaires and big oil while telling Granite Staters to fend for themselves. He voted to put the government in charge of women's health care while trying to end Medicare by turning it into a voucher program. An independent watchdog group even named him one of the most corrupt members of Congress.

"Frank Guinta's notoriety as a rubber stamp for the far right wing and national Republicans cost him his seat last fall and he shouldn't be surprised when New Hampshire voters reject him again for the very same reasons next year." 
Joe September 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM
"The New Hampshire Democratic Party issued a press release...", oh now THAT is breaking news! The New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Harrell Kirstein ought to spend more time coming up with realistic solutions to our nation's problems instead of bloviating "bleeding heart liberal propaganda" against a man who does offer solutions. Yes, solutions that will not drive our nation into bankruptcy.
Lucy C Edwards September 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Will we find out the source of the mystery money in the forgotten bank account this time? I'm sure Mr. Guinta is hoping we have all forgotten about it, but I'm afraid not.
susanthe September 23, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Try as I might, I don't remember Frank the uniter, working "together" to solve problems.
Dean Rubine September 23, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Frank can rerun his robocalls from summer 2012 claiming he was the challenger and Shea-Porter the incumbent -- at least this time they'll be true! Maybe we'll finally get to the bottom of the job fairs that never created any jobs, just exploited vets and others for photo ops. I'm glad I kept up the payments on notintaguinta.org.
Jon Hopwood September 23, 2013 at 04:18 PM
"Gutless Guinta" lives up to his name by not even displaying the intestinal fortitude, let alone courtesy, to hold a press conference. It would be unbelievable for anyone else but Gutless G.


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