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Wednesday
Oct292014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - Fact Checks: Kuster says.... 

Kuster says she has a bipartisan record 

On background:

Ann Kuster claim:I have a record of bipartisanship while in Congress

Fact: Ann Kuster has voted with the Democratic Party 94% of the time, and has voted with President Obama 87% of the time.

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Kuster says she wasn't a lobbyist 

Ann Kuster claim: I worked as an adoption attorney for 20 years.

Fact: Although Ann Kuster has worked as an attorney, she has primarily been employed as a wealthy lobbyist earning over $1.3 million dollars over her lobbyist career (Karen Langley, “Kuster’s Lobbying Career,” Concord Monitor 8/15/2010).


A short while later, a lobbyist registered to represent the multibillion-dollar, multinational corporation headquartered in Switzerland that makes Rohypnol, began her testimony.

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 Kuster 's blatant flip flop on ebola travel ban 

In the NH1 Debate, Ann Kuster opposed the idea of travel ban, stating that there are will be problems if we don’t have "commercial travel to Western Africa” (Sam Evans-Brown, “Full Audio: Kuster, Garcia Meet In First 2nd District Debate”, NHPR 10/20/2014). Yet now, she says that it is a smart idea to prevent flights from Western Africa and to stop granting VISAs to people coming to the U.S. from affected countries.”

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 Fact check on Kuster Lies about Marilinda Garcia abortion votes 

Ann Kuster claim: Marilinda Garcia introduced a bill that would ban all abortions

Fact: Marilinda Garcia never introduced a bill that would ban all abortions in any instances (NH General Court).

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Kuster absence in DC and Veterans Votes

Ann Kuster claim: I'm pro-veterans and I’m fighting for veterans

Fact: In 2013, Ann Kuster missed nearly 40 percent of Veterans Committee and relevant Sub-Committee meeting (“House Committee on Veterans Affairs,” U.S. GPO). Ann Kuster also TWICE voted against funding veterans’ benefits during the government shutdown (H.J. Res. 72, Roll Call #506, 10/1/13; H.J. Res. 72, Roll Call #518, 10/3/13)

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Wednesday
Oct292014

NHDP Statement on Tonight’s NH-02 Granite State Debate 

Manchester, NH – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley released the following statement after tonight’s NH-02 Granite State Debate:


"In tonight's debate, Marilinda Garcia reiterated her Tea Party views that are out-of-touch with Granite State values, including favoring the privatization of Social Security, eliminating the Department of Education and federal student loans, and banning abortion in all cases even to save the life of the mother." 

"Time and time again, Marilinda Garcia has shown to put her Koch Brothers agenda and Tea Party extremist views ahead of Granite State priorities, which is why voters will continue to support Congresswoman Annie Kuster's record of working across the aisle to stand up for the best interests of New Hampshire."
Wednesday
Oct292014

NHGOP STATEMENT ON TONIGHT'S WMUR 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DEBATE 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Chairman Jennifer Horn released the following statement on Marilinda Garcia's victory in tonight's WMUR Granite State Debate:


 "Tonight's debate clearly demonstrated that a vote for Congresswoman Kuster is a vote for President Obama and his failed agenda that is hurting middle class families in New Hampshire. Congresswoman Kuster has done nothing but hide from her constituents, refusing to hold town halls because she cannot defend her record of being Obama's 'strongest supporter,' as she declared earlier this year. The 2nd District is ready for new leadership, and will choose to elect Marilinda Garcia on Election Day."

Saturday
Oct252014

NHDP - Marilinda Garcia, Mike Pence and the Tea Party Fight Against Early Childhood Education 

Governor Pence Passes on Funding for Early Education in Indiana to Campaign in New Hampshire With Marilinda Garcia Who Voted to Repeal Public Kindergarden
Manchester, NH – As Marilinda Garcia welcomes fellow Tea Party conservative Indiana Governor Mike Pence to New Hampshire, she underscores both of their records on early education that side against the priorities of middle-class families, especially when it comes to access to affordable early education.

“It's only appropriate that Marilinda Garcia is rolling out the carpet for fellow Tea Party conservative Governor Mike Pence to join her on the campaign trail, as both candidates have long records of siding against middle-class priorities, especially when it comes to expanding access to affordable early education for hard-working families,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. “Pence is passing on funding for early childhood education in Indiana to instead make a trip to New Hampshire and campaign with Garcia, who voted as a state representative in favor of repealing public kindergarden and even voted against the measure that would have prevented further consideration of the bill.”

As a State Representative in 2011, Garcia voted in favor of repealing public kindergarten (HB631). She even doubled down to vote against the measure that would have prevented further consideration of the bill.

In a recent report, Governor Pence tossed plans to submit a grant for $80 million in pre-school funding that would have helped thousands of Hoosier middle-class families to instead “help other GOP leaders with issues in their states,” according to Pence's spokesperson. 

“By embracing anti-early education figures like Mike Pence, Marilinda Garcia makes it further clear that she's only interested in pushing her out-of-touch Tea Party views that would devastate Granite State middle-class families,” added Lesswing.

BACKGROUND

 
"Last week, Pence opted not to apply for as much as $80 million in federal funding for pre-kindergarten over the next three years ..." [Statehousefile.com, 10/20/14]
Friday
Oct242014

NHDP - Huffington Post: "Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts of Floor Speech on Same-Sex Marriage"

Huffington Post: "Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts of Floor Speech on Same-Sex Marriage"
 
"Revelations that Marilinda Garcia plagiarized portions of an anti-marriage equality speech she gave on the State House floor from a conservative publication raises serious questions about her integrity and whether she will truly represent the best interests of New Hampshire," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. "Marilinda Garcia needs to come clean with Granite Staters and admit if she's ever plagiarized any other public statements she's made."
 
"Either way, Granite Staters deserve an independent voice who will listen to the needs and concerns of constituents, not a scripted candidate who relies on right-wing talking points to push an extreme Tea Party agenda that is out-of-touch with New Hampshire values," added Lesswing.
 
See here or below for the full Huffington Post story:

GOP House Candidate Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts Of Floor Speech On Same-Sex Marriage

Marilinda Garcia, a Republican U.S. House candidate from New Hampshire, plagiarized portions of a 2012 speech she gave against same-sex marriage, according to an analysis by the left-leaning group Granite State Progress.

Garcia, who was named a "rising star" by the Republican National Committee, delivered the speech as a state representative in an effort to repeal New Hampshire's marriage equality law. The language she used is nearly identical in some passages to a 2010 editorial by the National Review.

"Marriage exists to solve a problem," Garcia said. "That problem is a societal problem that rises from sex between men and women, but not from sex between partners of the same gender. That problem is what to do about its generativity."

The National Review editorial has a very similar paragraph:

Marriage exists, in other words, to solve a problem that arises from sex between men and women, but not from sex between partners of the same gender: what to do about its generativity.

Granite State Progress pointed out many other passages Garcia appears to have plagiarized. She said in her speech, "A man and a woman who unite biologically may or may not have children depending on factors beyond their control, but the point is that a same-sex couple cannot thus unite."

The National Review editorial uses the same words: "A man and a woman who unite biologically may or may not have children depending on factors beyond their control; a same-sex couple cannot thus unite."

Even longer passages from Garcia's speech mimic parts of the editorial. Here is Garcia:

The campaign for same-sex marriage, as evidenced by the immediate abandonment of civil unions, is primarily motivated by one specific benefit, and that is the symbolic statement by the government that committed same-sex relationships are equivalent to marriages. But with respect to the purposes of marriage, they're not equivalent. And so, this psychic benefit can not be granted without telling a lie about what marriage is, and why a society and legal system should recognize and support it.

Here is the National Review:

The campaign for same-sex marriage is primarily motivated by one specific benefit: the symbolic statement by the government that committed same-sex relationships are equivalent to marriages. But with respect to the purposes of marriages, they're not equivalent; and so this psychic benefit cannot be granted without telling a lie about what marriage is and why a society and legal system should recognize and support it.

Garcia changed the wording around a little bit in some passages and included a personal anecdote in her speech, but she did not cite the National Review.

Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress, said the plagiarism is evidence that Garcia simply parrots right-wing talking points, rather than thinking for herself.

"Marilinda Garcia is a Koch-funded and scripted candidate who sticks closely to the talking points provided by her big dollar donors. On the occasions she has had to speak in more detail about her own record and positions, she has struggled. Now we learn that she plagiarized major sections of a speech she gave on the House floor. We cannot be certain this was the only time Garcia has taken someone else's work and passed it off as her own," she said.

Garcia's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.