NHDP - ICYMI: GOP Civil War Over Frank Guinta’s Lies Keeps Getting Worse

Concord, N.H. – Five years after Frank Guinta’s Republican primary challenges first questioned his lies, New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn has finally conceded, “he has clearly been untruthful, and possibly, atevery point.”
The Union Leader notes, “Horn’s communique marked a new level of tension between party leaders.”
That might be an understatement. Following Horn’s letter, NHGOP Vice Chair Bryan Gould announced that he would resign his post in protest.
It's no secret that after New Hampshire Republican Party leader Kelly Ayotte propped Guinta up throughout his years of lies, Ayotte and the party have struggled with the mess they created.
On May 18, the NHGOP Executive Committee refused to take any action against Guinta, with Horn striking a “conciliatory tone” and even “thanking Guinta.” 100 New Hampshire Republicans later took out a full page pro-Guinta Union Leader ad serving as a reminder of Ayotte’s failed leadership.
See coverage recap below:
Union Leader:
Republican Congressman Frank Guinta has lost the trust of his state party’s chairman, and she told him so in a telephone conversation on Thursday.

Horn’s communique marked a new level of tension between party leaders and Guinta, who has steadfastly refused to step down in the wake of an investigation into illegal campaign contributions by the Federal Election Commission.

… The GOP executive board did not take any action when it met on May 18 and heard privately from Guinta. After that meeting, Horn sounded a more conciliatory tone, thanking Guinta for his voluntary participation and saying there was not much the party could do.

… With the party gearing up for a presidential election year, Horn suggested that the GOP could ill-afford to be saddled with a radioactive incumbent. [Full story]

USA Today:
The head of the New Hampshire Republican Party, Jennifer Horn, has turned against GOP Rep. Frank Guinta, saying the congressman’s credibility is “irreparably damaged.”
… He apologized on May 17 and admitted that there were problems with his reporting and disclosure but said that the money was his.
The state Republican Party Executive Committee accepted his apology and did not call for his resignation.
But the Federal Election Commission (FEC) released new documents this week detailing Guinta’s financial transactions, leading Horn to hint that it might be time for him to step down.
… As of Wednesday, Guinta said he will not resign because the FEC issue is closed. [Full story]
State Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn has politically abandoned U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, telling fellow party leaders on Thursday she no longer believes his explanation for his campaign finance violations and that he has "lied and betrayed the public trust."
But the controversy has continued to split the party. WMUR.com has learned that shortly after Horn's letter was emailed to committee members, party Vice Chairman Bryan Gould resigned his post.
"The e-mail was sent over my strenuous objections," he told WMUR.com. "It is not fair, objective, or accurate. I have resigned as Vice Chairman of the party this afternoon as a result."
The pressure on Guinta to step down has intensified since the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday released documents detailing its staff’s finding that Guinta broke campaign finance law by taking excessive campaign contributions from his parents and using the money to loan to his 2010 congressional campaign.
… As of late Wednesday, Guinta continued to refuse to step down, writing in a statement that the FEC “matter” has been settled…
… It also remains to be seen whether U.S. House Republican leaders on Capitol Hill will abandon Guinta. So far, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner has been silent on the controversy, saying only, on May 19, “I think all members should be held to the highest ethical standards.”
Boehner, meeting with Capitol Hill reporters, was asked about Guinta again on Thursday.
“I’ve not seen all the facts in the case,” he said. “We’re waiting for them to show up. We’ll make a decision when we see facts.” [Full story]
Boston Globe:
BAD WEEK: Frank Guinta
It was bad enough for Representative Frank Guinta of New Hampshire when the Federal Election Commission concluded he took an illegal campaign contribution. It was worse when Senator Kelly Ayotte and the GOP leaders at the State House called on him to resign. But imagine how crummy he feels now, after FEC documents show his own mother contradicted his story. Guinta had suggested the money came from a “family pot” to which he had access. According to the feds, Virginia Guinta’s story put the lie to her son’s version of events. On Thursday, even state GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn apparently concluded Mother knows best. “To be perfectly honest, I no longer believe him,” Horn said. “His actions are beneath the honor of his office.” [Full story]
NH1 News:
Hours after New Hampshire GOP Chair Jennifer Horn wrote that that U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta “has clearly been untruthful,” the embattled Republican congressman pushed back against calls to resign, saying “I am committed to my job.”
… Some topGranite State Republicans, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, state Senate President Chuck Morse, state House Speaker Shawn Jasper, and Executive Councilor Chris Sununu have called on Guinta to resign over the past two weeks ago, after the agreement between Guinta and the FEC was first made public. But last week nearly 100 Guinta supporters publicly backed the congressman in a full page ad in the New Hampshire Union Leader.
… Earlier Thursday, NHGOP Vice Chair Byran Gould resigned after objecting to Horn’s letter.
“I am deeply disappointed in the decision that he (Gould) made today,” Horn told NH1 News.
… U.S. House Speaker John Boehner remained silent on the Guinta controversy Thursday.
“I’ve not seen all the facts in the case,” the Ohio Republican told Capitol Hill reporters. “We’re waiting for them to show up. We’ll make a decision when we see facts.” [Full story]
Associated Press:
The head of the state Republican Party said yesterday that GOP U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta “has clearly been untruthful” about where he got $355,000 to spend on his 2010 campaign.
In a letter to the party’s executive committee yesterday, Chairwoman Jennifer Horn didn’t directly call for Guinta’s resignation, as others have done, but said she told him that she doesn’t trust him and that his actions are beneath the honor of his office.
… Guinta maintains that his only mistake was improperly reporting money that was rightfully his. But in an agreement made public last month, the commission concluded that Guinta broke the law by accepting donations above the legal limit from his parents, fined him $15,000 and ordered him to repay the money. At that time, the state Republican Party’s executive committee and Horn declined to take any formal action against Guinta, but the pressure for him to resign has increased since Tuesday, when the FEC released documents detailing its investigation. [Full story]
Support for Congressman Frank Guinta continues to fall, days after the release of two reports detailing federal investigations into his fundraising practices. New Hampshire Republican Chairwoman Jennifer Horn has now joined the chorus of prominent GOP leaders criticizing Guinta.
… Numerous GOP leaders, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, House Speaker Shawn Jasper and Senate President Chuck Morse, have called on Guinta to resign. But the state Republican Party’s executive committee declined to take action against Guinta at its most recent meeting. Horn’s letter indicates that may change. [Full story]