"Guinta is the statesman. Carol Shea-Porter was not as a congresswoman and is not as a candidate."
(Manchester - September 26, 2012) In case you missed it, as a result of former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter’s negative and untrue TV ad attacking Frank Guinta on veterans issues, Foster’s Daily Democrat editorialized against Carol Shea-Porter’s actions this morning.
What Carol Shea-Porter is not…
It appears former Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is having trouble finding some meat on the bone in her effort to eat away at support for incumbent First District U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta.
Shea-Porter's first television ad ran into a some butchers' knives, figuratively, in the hands of about three dozen veterans who held a news conference on Monday.
In her ad, Shea-Porter tried to make the case that Guinta had voted to cut the meat from veterans benefits. In doing so Shea-Porter chose a couple of procedural votes in order to make it appear Guinta was uncaring.
On Monday, veterans called her on her lackluster diet of tripe.
Of particular note was a 411-5 bipartisan procedural vote that, rather than sidetrack veterans' benefits, eventually led to an increase of billions of dollars in funding.
It could be argued that Guinta was himself playing slight of hand with his votes. So the editorial board here at Foster's Daily Democrat reread Shea-Porter's response to the controversy.
Not once in a nearly 2,000 word press release did Shea-Porter seek to defend accusations that her ad was misleading. Shea-Porter did, however, detail her own history of supporting veterans issues while in office. It is clearly one of which to be proud. But then so is Guinta's track record on veterans' issues and so too was Jeb Bradley's, who Shea-Porter unseated in 2006.
On reflection, such behavior on the part of Shea-Porter is not unexpected. It is, however, fortunate that she is beginning to remind voters of the real Shea-Porter.
For example, during a recent televised debate hosted by the N.H. Business and Industry Association, the moderator repeatedly asked Shea-Porter to answer the questions posed. Instead, she frequently avoided answers by attacking Guinta. Thankfully, for Guinta's part, he answered the questions.
Shea-Porter has also criticized Guinta for not spending enough time in Washington during this campaign season. Perhaps she has failed to notice that President Obama, a fellow Democrat, isn't spending much time in the Oval Office either or meeting with the usual number of heads of state in order to campaign. So has she condemned her president? Not that we know.
Shea-Porter has also said all the many jobs fairs Guinta has held are unneeded. Although we are not sure those who got jobs as a result of Guinta's efforts would agree.
The bottom line for voters is that whether you agree wholeheartedly with Guinta or not, he is a responsible voice representing New Hampshire in Washington. His demeanor at town hall meetings clearly shows he wants to talk with voters, not at them.
Guinta is the statesman. Carol Shea-Porter was not as a congresswoman and is not as a candidate.