1. Guinta continues to hide the origin of the $500,000 slush fund that he is using to finance his campaign. A recent NHPR investigative report highlighted the inconsistencies in Guinta’s story, and according to WMUR Political Scoop, “Guinta has called the mystery bank account a clerical error, but he has refused to show bank records to prove it's not a new account, which would be an illegal campaign donation.” Guinta also continues to change his story, raising even more speculation and doubt. Prominent Republican and conservative activists have called on him to reveal the source of this hidden account. Guinta’s old boss and mentor, former Congressman Jeb Bradley, even called on Guinta to “drop out” of the race if he did not have a satisfactory explanation for the hidden bank account.
2. Guinta lied in his first debate with Carol Shea-Porter. Guinta claimed that he never had student loans, but his own financial disclosure forms reveal that he still does have student loans valued between $15,000 and $50,000.
3. Guinta won’t give voters a straight answer about his plans for Social Security. His statements on Social Security range from: “let me take my own money and deal with my own investments for retirement” to Social Security is “no longer consistent with current pay scales and lifestyles." Guinta has advocated for privatization and raising the retirement age. He’s even refused to rule out means testing, which would turn Social Security into a welfare program. During last week’s AARP debate, Guinta refused to answer how he would keep Social Security solvent.
4. Guinta was dishonest about his presence at a violent bar brawl that left a man’s leg broken in seven places. Guinta claimed he didn’t see the altercation, but according to the police report, he was sitting only a few feet away. Instead of calling the police, Guinta, who was Mayor of Manchester at the time, left the scene of the crime before any help arrived for the victim. According to the Huffington Post, “Guinta was present for the entire event but claims he was too engrossed with his BlackBerry to look up. He left before the ambulance arrived, reportedly stepping over the victim's body on his way out the door.” Guinta then went on “vacation” and claimed that the questions surrounding his involvement were politically motivated.
5. Guinta claims that he was a successful mayor, but during his tenure, Manchester’s unemployment rose, violent crime shot up, and the list of failing schools nearly tripled. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, State and Local Unemployment, Historical Data], [Manchester Police Department, "Crime Data," accessed 1/21/10], [New Hampshire Department of Education, Assessment, www.ed.state.nh.us]
6. Guinta claims that he is standing up for the middle class, but he supports borrowing from Communist China to extend the Bush tax breaks for the wealthiest 1%, which will add $700 billion to the national debt.
7. Guinta has spoken about the need to support manufacturing and our small businesses, but he has taken a pledge to protect tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas.
8. Guinta claims to be a moderate voice for New Hampshire, but is really an extreme partisan who has pledged to join the Tea Party Caucus if elected to Congress. Guinta wants to ban abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest or to save the life of a mother, mandate the teaching of creationism in public schools throughout the US, and eliminate the Departments of Energy and Education, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
9. Guinta’s a flip-flopper; he says he’s for limited government, but he tried to increase his staff while implementing a hiring freeze on the city. During his first month in office, Guinta tried to hire an additional staff member for his mayoral office. The hire was rejected by the City Council, who questioned whether it was fair for Guinta to hire more staff at a time he was pushing a partial hiring freeze for other departments. [Union Leader, 1/2/06]
10. Guinta’s lack of oversight and management capabilities allowed a city employee to steal $22,000. In a report about the theft, auditor Kevin Buckley said a "severe breakdown" in oversight allowed Hebert to get away with the thefts for more than a year. The report said city officials in the Mayor's Office and other departments missed key warning signs and failed to demand proof that reimbursement claims were legitimate. [Union Leader, 8/5/08]