New Hampshire’s most popular politician has to be, hands down, Frank Guinta.
Frank Guinta has always run as a low tax, small government guy - you know, the kind of politician they say is from a by-gone era in New Hampshire now that progressive liberal Democrats have shown they can win both chambers of the legislature and corner office.
Liberal Democrats have left our state borrowing to pay the light bills – Frank Guinta has plugged along true to his conservative principals and voters responded favorably, even though the media has not.
Here is his record:
On November 7, 2000, Frank Guinta was elected to a seat in the NH House of Representatives.
He was re-elected November 5, 2002, to the same seat.
On November 6, 2001, Guinta was elected Alderman representing Manchester’s Ward 3. He was reelected to that office on November 4, 2003.
In 2004, he resigned his House seat to take a position as senior policy advisor to Congressman Jeb Bradley.
In March, 2005, Guinta left the congressional position to run for mayor of Manchester.
Guinta defeated three-term tax and spend liberal and former school teacher, Democratic incumbent Mayor for Life Robert A. Baines in the November 8, 2005 election, making him Manchester's youngest mayor in over 100 years.
Guinta was elected to a second term as mayor on November 6, 2007.
On April 2009, Guinta announced a run for higher office instead of seeking a third term as mayor.
May 2009, Guinta made his official announcement that he had decided to run for the House.
On September 14, 2010, Guinta won a hard fought Republican primary campaign.
On November, 2, 2010, Frank Guinta defeated liberal/progressive Democrat incumbent, Representative for Life Carol Shea-Porter by a humiliating 12 percentage points.
On the other hand we have the media-created “most popular politician in NH history” Governor John Lynch. Lynch is hardly ever mentioned by any media source without the term “popular” preceding his name.
I am always fascinated by this description of a politician who never held political office before and has never held a political position for more than a few photo ops.
How is it that Lynch is not described as the so-called Businessman/Governor who ran New Hampshire a billion dollars in the hole? That is what his track record shows.
This new legislature has to clean up the mess Lynch has handed to them through his inability to lead. If the public is paying attention to accomplishments instead of friendly media labels, NH will have new “most popular” politician with small government track record and Governor Lynch will get the "credit for operating the state on credit" he deserves.