GUINTA FOCUSES ON JOBS AND THE ECONOMY; SHEA-PORTER RESORTS TO PERSONAL ATTACKS
(Manchester – September 17, 2012) This morning was the first debate of the 2012 General Election between Frank Guinta and former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. It was at St. Anselm College and was hosted by the NH BIA, NHPR, NHPTV, and the Union Leader. While Frank Guinta focused on jobs, the economy, and solutions for America, Carol Shea-Porter continually resorted to personal attacks and rarely discussed her own positions on the important issues facing Granite State small business owners.
Reporters, members of the media, and small business owners in the audience have already begun commenting on the tone former Congresswoman Shea-Porter brought to this first debate:
- "Ground rules for 1st district congressional debate: no attacks. Shea-Porter’s first words: attacking Guinta…” - Drew Cline, New Hampshire Union Leader, on Twitter (http://twitter.com/DrewHampshire)
- “Though she kept that answer brief, she spent much of the rest of the time interjecting during Guinta’s answers and talking over the forum’s moderator.” - Holly Ramer, New Hampshire Associated Press (http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/1st-District-forum-features-Guinta-Shea-Porter-3870504.php)
- “Shea-Porter goes on the attack in first post-primary debate with Guinta” - Jake Berry, Nashua Telegraph (http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/975654-196/shea-porter-goes-on-the-attack-in-first.html)
- Dan Tuohy of Patch.com called the debate “…a free-wheeling affair.”
- Laura Morgan, co-owner of Morgan Storage in Manchester is a small business owner who was in the audience for the debate. She said, “I appreciated the fact that Frank Guinta didn’t respond to the many negative attacks Carol Shea-Porter said this morning. While he talked about the issues, Shea-Porter didn’t mention her record or what she would do for my small business.”
Derek Dufresne, Spokesman for Guinta for Congress released the following statement:
“It is unfortunate that rather than discussing the most important issues of jobs and the economy at a debate with Granite State small business owners, former Congresswoman Shea-Porter would rather resort to personal attacks than focus on solutions of how to move America forward.
“New Hampshire voters want a representative who recognizes that getting Granite Staters back to work must be the main focus of this election, not a former Congresswoman who continually resorts to Washington blame games and partisan politics.”