New Hampshire—Today, the Nashua Telegraph endorsed Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter for reelection. The Telegraph noted, “she’s one of the few Democrats or Republicans in this race who hasn’t muddied her personal beliefs to snag votes. She deserves voter support for a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.”
The text of the Nashua Telegraph’s endorsement is below.
Carol Shea-Porter, like most incumbent Democrats this election cycle, has been chastised for voting along party lines, particularly with Republican enemy No. 1 Nancy Pelosi.
Unlike most Democrats, however, Shea-Porter is proud of it.
Even if you can’t stand Shea-Porter’s politics, don’t argue that she’s anything less than genuine. She ran as an unknown in 2006 as an advocate for the middle class and has been true to that. She stands by her record and is honest with her answers, even when it’s unpopular.
She’s well-versed on the issues and is one of the few incumbents this cycle who doesn’t try to paint herself as a moderate. Maybe she can’t, considering that she’s not.
Still, she’s one of the few Democrats or Republicans in this race who hasn’t muddied her personal beliefs to snag votes. She deserves voter support for a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Her challenger, former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta, is not so well-versed. He’s a one-note, anti-spending candidate who has campaigned too heavily on his budget-cutting tactics in Manchester, while ignoring the fact that his unilateral approach wouldn’t translate to the congressional style of governing.
We’re all for reining in Washington spending, but Guinta has missed the mark. When pressed on his opposition to the TARP program during an editorial board interview with The Telegraph, Guinta said cutting spending was the answer to the banking crisis of 2008. That just doesn’t make sense.
Guinta’s “Frank’s Fifty” plan for saving $827 billion contains some good ideas (ending federally funded iPods for Utah students who graduate), but also proposals that would be harmful to New Hampshire (eliminating funding for private-sector technology research).
It’s no secret to regular readers that we tend to favor moderate candidates, but there isn’t one in this race. Given that, our beliefs are more in line with Shea-Porter’s.
The Rochester Democrat supports extending the Bush tax cuts for middle-class Americans and repealing them for the wealthy. Guinta supports extending the tax cuts for all Americans, including the richest 2 percent, adding an estimated $700 billion to the deficit.
The daughter of a World War II veteran, Shea-Porter has established herself as a tireless advocate of the state’s veterans, an example of her impressive constituent services record.
Earlier this year, for example, she introduced the Veterans Health Equity Act of 2009, which would require the VA to ensure that veterans eligible for hospital and medical care in the contiguous 48 states have access to at least one full-service hospital or comparable services outside the VA network.
She supported the stimulus package and the health care bill. Admittedly, we have some serious reservations about both. It’s pretty clear that the stimulus package did not create enough jobs to justify $787 billion, and the health care bill does not resolve many of the country’s health care woes – particularly the crushing burden of health care costs on businesses – but it’s a good first step. It extends coverage to the 46 million uninsured Americans and ends the unconscionable practice of denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
Guinta supports repealing both, and we don’t.
It would have been easy for Shea-Porter to explain away her votes with the famous “I made the best decision with the information I had at the time” excuse, but she hasn’t.
Even as the stimulus program faces widespread public criticism, Shea-Porter maintains that it saved the country from entering a deeper recession. Even if you don’t agree, convictions that strong make Shea-Porter a rare breed in Congress.
Voters in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District should send a message that this kind of representation should be rewarded. They can do that by sending Shea-Porter back to Washington.