"The party cannot stand by a politician who has revealed himself to be wholly unworthy of the public trust."
Will more Presidential hopefuls weigh in? Or will they ignore the issue altogether?
CONCORD, N.H. - As Frank Guinta triples down on his years of lies to New Hampshire, the recently released FEC documents confirming definitively that he's a "damned liar" are leaving Republicans struggling with the mess they created.
While the New Hampshire Republican Party's inaction continues, the Union Leader, in an editorial, said they can “either lead with integrity or it can stand by Frank Guinta,” but it can’t do both.
While more Republican presidential hopefuls are in state this week, they will inevitably be asked questions about Guinta. Will they continue to stand by Guinta or like Jeb Bush, just ignore the question altogether? Only time will tell.
See below for a roundup of coverage.
Union Leader Editorial: Integrity or Guinta? The state GOP’s call
...The FEC’s February, 2014, Second General Counsel Report on Guinta’s questioned $355,000 in campaign loans demolishes Guinta’s preposterous claims about the money’s origin. It reveals, among other truths:
• Despite his repeated claims to the contrary, Guinta provided no documentation backing up his contention that his parents’ bank account, from which the $355,000 came, had been seeded with $100,000 in his own money.
• Guinta’s own sister and mother contradicted his assertion that the parents’ bank account was a “family pot” to which all children had an ownership stake. His mother characterized the money as loans from Guinta’s parents to him. She even wrote “loan” on the subject line of nine checks she wrote to him.
• The $355,000 belonged unquestionably — provably — to Guinta’s parents, not to him. As the report put it, “Contributions to the Committee Were Not Rep. Guinta’s Personal Funds.”
To cover up the source of his illegal campaign money, Guinta lied to everyone. First, he lied to the people of New Hampshire. He told this newspaper in a 2010 interview that the money came from multiple personal bank accounts held by him. He let this lie stand while he told the FEC an entirely different lie, that the money came from deposits he made into a family bank account to which he had a legal right of access. While the FEC investigation was ongoing, he told voters that it had ended and he had been cleared…
The party cannot stand by a politician who has revealed himself to be wholly unworthy of the public trust. Political parties are supposed to stand for ideals, not merely for tribal connections. The state GOP platform states that Republicans pledge “to lead with integrity, character and compassion.” Guinta has not. The party can either lead with integrity or it can stand by Frank Guinta. It cannot do both.
Union Leader’s Dan Tuohy: Report says Guinta had no right to campaign money; Congressman still insists $355,000 is his
U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta’s mother and sister contradict his claim that $355,000 given to his 2010 campaign was his own money, newly released Federal Election Commission documents show.
There is no evidence to support the “family pot defense,” a theory he put forward claiming legal title to money in an account held solely in his parents’ names, according to FEC documents. The documents detail a $1 million fund belonging to his parents he could tap to help pay for expenses — including his mayoral campaign in Manchester, credit card bills and mortgages. But federal investigators said he had no legal right to the money.
For years, Guinta has maintained the money did not belong to his parents.
His mother, Virginia Guinta, told the FEC that she understood the funds were loans that would be repaid.
The FEC concluded that Mrs. Guinta’s description was at odds with the “family pot” concept described by Guinta and his attorney...
WMUR’s John DiStaso: After latest FEC Report, how long will Guinta last?
DISAPPOINTMENT, SUPPORT. The harsh Federal Election Commission staff report on Rep. Frank Guinta’s 2010 campaign finances has done nothing to unify the state GOP on the question of whether the congressman should resign. Opinion remains split...
WMUR’s report Wednesday night that the U.S. Attorney’s Office will review the latest FEC findings is sure to make it more difficult for Guinta to politically survive. But there is no word from his inner circle that he is entertaining resignation...
Now further information has surfaced. According to FEC enforcement division attorneys, Guinta’s mother told them she was under the impression that checks totaling more than $355,000 she issued to her son were loans from the family account and not her son’s money, as he has maintained. The statement attributed to her issued by the Guinta staffer contradicts that, of course.
And, according to the FEC attorneys, Guinta’s sister had no knowledge of the family account...
But in the GOP hierarchy, the silence continues, despite the “further information” that has come to light. Party chairwoman Jennifer Horn put out a statement on Monday calling it “an extremely serious issue,” but she said the GOP state committee “will review the entire file before it considers further action.”