NHDP -On Spending: Guinta Isn't Being Frank

Guinta voted for the Ryan Budget, to turn Medicare into a voucher program - But led Congress in taxpayer- funded mailings 


CONCORD - Frank Guinta has voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program, while spending the most of any member of Congress on highly produced, campaign-style literature. Guinta's personal spending of taxpayer money is far from thrifty, apparently something the National Taxpayers Union ignored.


The right-wing National Taxpayers Union is praising Guinta for being "thrifty." Guinta has supported the Ryan budget, which would end Medicare as we know it - turning it to a high cost voucher plan for seniors.


However, in his short career, Frank Guinta has spent more money on taxpayer funded "franked" mail than any other member of Congress.  Frank's hypocrisy is stunning - less than two years ago, he was attacking other members of Congress for producing similar mailings.  In February 2008, the Union Leader declared the practice "offensive" and called on the members to apologize. Guinta called the very same practice he now champions a 'waste' and 'unnecessary.' 


"Frank Guinta is wasting taxpayer money on expensive mailings, while he votes to cut Medicare for seniors. Frank Guinta has the wrong priorities," said Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "Now that Frank's been to Washington, he seems to want it both ways:  wasting taxpayer dollars to get himself re-elected, while voting against those taxpayers' interests to end Medicare."


"The only thing Frank Guinta has been a leader on is wasting taxpayer money and voting to put his Tea Party allies over the people of New Hampshire," said Buckley. "Guinta owes a serious explanation to the people of New Hampshire: why did he insist on wasting their tax dollars to run for re-election while voting to end Medicare and put New Hampshire seniors at risk?"


This is not the first time, Guinta's money management has been an issue. When he was Mayor, the city of Manchester had to put a lien on one of his properties for failure to pay city taxes and wastewater bills. He also mysteriously loaned his campaign $125,000 from a previously undisclosed bank account.




[Union Leader, 2/5/08; FY2012 Budget Resolution, 3/21/12; H. Con. Res.112, 3/29/12]