Manchester, NH- A new report by the Associated Press finds little evidence that Congressman Guinta's “job fairs” have created any new jobs.
First District constituents who hoped to find work at Guinta's job fairs will be disappointed to hear that the events were designed to ensure his success, not theirs. He described the events' primary purpose as an opportunity for himself, not the unemployed, to network, telling the AP: "You get to talk to employers one-on-one, you get to establish a relationship as the member of Congress…That’s the most important thing."
Guinta refused to provide the AP with any evidence that his fairs have created jobs. His excuse? "Privacy issues," a concern that the employers the AP contacted "did not mention."
While Guinta may not want to admit how few people found work at his fairs, it is easy to find out how many jobs Carol Shea-Porter has created. During her time in Congress, she cooperated with her colleagues to pass the American Recovery Act, also known as the "stimulus," which has increased the number of American jobs by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate. She also saved millions of jobs in the auto industry, including 27,000 here in New Hampshire.
"A strong record on jobs is what New Hampshire voters are looking for as they head to the polls," said Naomi Andrews, campaign manager for Carol Shea-Porter. "Congressman Guinta is proud of creating one or two jobs, while Carol is proud of creating millions. The numbers speak for themselves."
AP: "Job creation record at issue in NH's 1st District." http://www.boston.com/news/local/new-hampshire/2012/11/03/job-creation-record-issue-district/AbqWcv2q0o3iRd7BG9k0UM/story.html
Letter to the Editor, Conway Daily Sun: “NHES offices are also where you can find local representatives of NHWorks, a coalition of state and local agencies helping people find jobs, plus operating a large, easy-to-use, state-wide data-base of jobs at www.nhworks.org In these circumstances, hosting his own job fairs seems more useful to the Congressman than to the jobless.”
Conway Daily Sun: “On Tuesday (May 22, 2012), NH CD-1 Congressman Frank Guinta hosted a job fair in Conway, at Granite State College. A mere four days earlier, on May 18, N.H. Employment Security and Granite State College partnered on a job fair, at the same location. One might be tempted to think that two job fairs in a four-day span must mean that there is a an abundance of available jobs. One would, of course, be wrong. The Guinta job fair was just another chapter in his re-election pageant.”
Foster’s: “Many people spent hard-earned money on gas to get to these fairs, and were shocked to find that they were just photo-ops for Guinta’s glossy self-promotion.”
Letter to the editor, Concord Monitor: “I didn't see one representative from a company that had job applications.”