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Garcia For Congress (CD2) - What They Are Saying: A Tale of Two Campaigns 


Marilinda Takes The Lead

"Coming after Garcia's leading fundraising report, outside groups spending on her behalf on television and the Union Leader endorsement, Garcia is emerging as a front-runner with the primary a month out."  (James Pindell, Garcia up 23 points in her internal poll, WMUR, 8/5/16)

“We have found Garcia to be a rare candidate who does not talk in soundbites, but rather prefers to explain her positions.” “She has firm convictions, but does not belittle people who disagree with her. She would rather persuade and win than attack and lose.” “Republicans in the 2nd District would do well to make her their nominee for Congress.” (“Marilinda Garcia: A great voice for the GOP,” Union Leader 8/2/2014)

“But with her campaign picking up one key endorsement after another, Garcia is starting to look rather serious after all. The perception of inexperience could even play to Garcia’s advantage, as voters tire of insider politicians.”(Emily Cadei, “Marilinda Garcia: New Hampshire's Young Conservative,”, 8/13/14)

“Marilinda Garcia: The Republican Primary in the 2nd Congressional District is on the verge of a tipping point her way (James Pindell, “Political Standing for July 18, 2014,” WMUR  7/21/14)

“Nowadays, observers give her a shot at snatching the 2nd District seat in this political bellwether state, and if she does, Republican stardom would likely await her.”(Emily Cadei, “Marilinda Garcia: New Hampshire's Young Conservative,”, 8/13/14)

“Marilinda Garcia has been opposed to RGGI because she recognizes it as a bigger-government, top-down, permanent albatross for the Northeast. For that reason, she is the best conservative candidate in the race.” (David Peters, “A better candidate for Republicans,” Nashua Telegraph, 8/10/14)

“In what is a significant development in the 2nd Congressional District contest, the National Republican Congressional Committee placed candidate Marilinda Garcia on a list of candidates they might spent money on.” (James Pindell “NRCC begins to nod at Garcia,” WMUR 7/31/14)

“Garcia has more far-reaching impact than Lambert – in fundraising and influence – and that makes her a stronger Republican nominee, with the best chance to defeat Kuster, and become a more effective advocate for the residents of the New Hampshire Second District.” (Tom Dougherty, “#NH02 Update: Garcia Gains While Lambert Loses,” Practical Politicking, 8/4/14)

“Republicans’ best choices to top the ticket this fall are Andrew Hemingway and Marilinda Garcia for Congress. Their youth and energy and principled experience will appeal to a wide range of voters.” (Van Mosher, “Letter: Fresh faces in GOP,” Concord Monitor, 7/29/14)

Lambert's Campaign Losing Stream

“Lambert, by the way, has not yet returned two contributions his campaign received in June from a nonprofit charity and an auto dealership. Federal campaign finance law bars taking such donations and the campaign promised to check into it.’” (John Distaso,  “Granite Reports: Lambert still a member of infrastructure investment advocacy group led by Bloomberg, Rendell,” NH Journal 8/9/2014)

“Vitriol over campaign finance law has come to the forefront in numerous campaigns across the country during this cycle, and the Garcia-Lambert race is no exception. However, Lambert is the one with the problems here. His attacks on Garcia’s campaign are faithless and unfounded, and his own campaign’s apparent violations are extremely serious (Tom Dougherty, “#NH02 Update: Garcia Gains While Lambert Loses,” Practical Politicking, 8/4/14)

“Lambert for Congress accepted a $1,000 contribution on June 30 from The Palmier Foundation, which is described by its founder, Boston investment firm head Dan Palmier, on his web site, as a “501(c)(3) charitable corporation created for the purpose of ‘giving back.’” The Internal Revenue Code prohibits 501(c)(3) charitable organizations from contributing to candidates for federal office. (John Distaso, “Lambert campaign reviewing questionable 2Q contributions,” NH Journal, 7/22/14)

“But the real problem is the Lambert campaign’s clinging to the” we’ve got a 60 day window to do something something to review the contributions” excuse. The FEC is quite direct with regard to accepting contributions from either 501c3′s or corporations.” (Steve MacDonald “Celebrate Gary Lambert’s Rigorous 40 Days and 40 Nights of Campaign Finance Review,” Granite Grok 8/6/14)

Not only is Lambert’s campaign mailer inaccurate, but it offers such an astronomically high figure that the claim is far-fetched. For these reasons, Lambert’s claim earns a rating of Pants on Fire. (NH Politifact, “GOP challenger Gary Lambert says rival Marilinda Garcia supports $140 billion in new taxes” Nashua Telegraph/NH Politifact, 8/15/14)

So, without a huge campaign account and without the backing of outside groups, as Garcia has, Lambert is at once trying to introduce himself and define (aka “go negative” on) Garcia. (John Distaso, “Lambert hits Garcia on immigration for third time – and much more,” NH Journal, 8/16/14)

“Still, Lambert is listed as a member of a national group that has supported a federal gas tax hike and gas tax hikes in other states. His campaign says there is no inconsistency there.” (John Distaso, “Granite Reports: Lambert still a member of infrastructure investment advocacy group led by Bloomberg, Rendell,” NH Journal, 8/9/14)

“The Lambert campaign has had the splash screen up for at least five days.  It was released July 15th, 2014.  Today is the 20th…Is the base attracted? If you blow a dog whistle, and no one is around to hear it….The answer, so far, is no. As I write this, in the 5 full days since the splash went up, 8 people have signed the Wake up Washington Pledge.  Two the first day (the first two names are with the campaign, a volunteer, and an intern).” (Steve MacDonald, “NH CD-2: “Wake Up Washington Pledge” a Dud, So Far…,” Granite Grok 7/22/14)


Garcia For Congress (CD2) - Politifact Gives Gary Lambert a “Pants on Fire” Rating for False Claim 


Concord, NH – Kenny Cunningham, communications director for Marilinda Garcia for Congress, released the following statement regarding New Hampshire Politifact’s “Pants on Fire” ruling regarding Gary Lambert’s recent claims about Marilinda Garcia’s position on taxes.

NH Politifact’s ruling is further proof that Gary Lambert has resorted to Obama-style tactics in his desperate quest to resurrect his failing congressional campaign," said Cunningham. "In fact, Obama and he share a special bond—they are the only two people ever to tell lies so bold that NH Politifact issued them a “Pants on Fire” ruling.  Throughout this race the Lambert campaign has made false, often bizarre allegations about Marilinda.  This most recent negative attack takes the cake—that tax reform and a lowering of the corporate tax rate would somehow increase taxes. 

The truth is, Marilinda Garcia supports an economic plan that flattens, simplifies, and lowers the tax burden on businesses, and eliminates harmful and job-killing loopholes.  By opposing Marilinda’s tax reform principles, Gary Lambert has made it clear he supports corporate loopholes, and is not above distorting his opponent’s record to protect corporate cronyism.” 


Lambert For Congress (CD2) - Release First TV Ad: "Oath"; Garcia Supports Amnesty 

Marilinda Garcia Supports Amnesty

LambertReleases First TV Ad: “Oath”


Nashua, NH – In response to the recent revelations concerning Marilinda Garcia’s clear record of support for amnesty for illegal immigrants, Gary Lambert has released his first TV ad entitled “Oath”. Lambert also issued the following statement:


"As the record clearly shows, Marilinda Garcia supports amnesty for illegal immigrants,” said Lambert. “Representative Garcia sponsored a National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators resolution with 1 Republican and 12 Democrats which called for ‘legalizing the undocumented population.’ If that’s not amnesty, I don’t know what is.”


"Voter's want to know where candidates stand on amnesty. On this issue, the differences between the two of us is clear; Marilinda Garcia supports amnesty and I do not. I believe we need to secure our border immediately and enforce the laws of our country.”


Watch the ad here:




Background: Below please find the NHCSL resolution.






WHEREAS, We are a nation of immigrants, and we strongly believe in an immigration system that maintains a healthy and vibrant economy, while promoting human respect, dignity and the opportunity to share in the American Dream and invest in our common future.

WHEREAS, we are grateful and applaud members of Congress who have worked diligently to support responsible bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing immigration reform and promoting a comprehensive approach to fix a broken system that no longer works for our economy and security.

WHEREAS, the United States of America is a country of immigrants, and one of its greatest competitive advantages is that the best, brightest and hardest workers from all over the world aspire to work here. Immigrants in our country are bound together by national values of economic opportunity as reward for hard work, known far and wide as the American Dream.

WHEREAS, immigrants who seek the American Dream will remain an essential part of whom we are as a country. It is morally and fiscally irresponsible to not design an immigration system that takes advantage of this fact.

WHEREAS, Legalizing the undocumented population lets us know who is living within our nation’s borders and allows our public safety representatives and first responders to focus time and resources on criminal elements intent on threatening our nation, citizens, freedoms, and way of life.

WHEREAS, the United States of America has been made fruitful by its welcoming of immigrants yet, we ask that CIR remains committed to addressing and enhancing our national security and that it remain imperative to secure from any criminal threats our air, land and sea ports as well as the northern and southern borders between the ports of entry. Increasing security at our ports also will result in more resources better able to process the billions in trade that crosses the U.S. border each day, strengthening our economy. 

WHEREAS, Immigrants contribute to our nations entrepreneurial tradition. According to an October 2012 Kauffman Foundation study, U.S. businesses founded by immigrants employed approximately 560,000 workers and generated $63 billion in sales during 2012.

WHEREAS, Currently immigrants and their businesses contribute $162 billion in tax revenue to the United States federal, state and local governments. Encouraging more immigrants out of the shadows into citizenship, and applying our laws will expand the nation’s tax base and keep more families together and safe. Immigration reform will also reduce our federal deficit by more than $2.5 trillion over the next ten years and increase GDP per capita by over $1,500 according to former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

WHEREAS, meaningful CIR will help bring approximately 11 million immigrants living in the country today out of the shadows, while providing our economy with a diverse array of educated professionals, skilled workers and dedicated entrepreneurs which have made America stronger economically and globally competitive.

WHEREAS, we implore our elected representatives to collaborate until they pass a meaningful solution before the end of the year that includes a path to citizenship and a truthful framework that recognizes the reality of many industries throughout our nation in desperate need of workers of all different levels of skill.

WHEREAS, the availability of information, resources, services and educational tools is essential to make possible the desire of undocumented immigrants and their families to become law-abiding, productive members of our respective communities earning their way to citizenship.

WHEREAS, one of the policy priorities of NHCSL is to focus on immigration reform and assist its members and their constituencies be better informed about the emerging immigration reform process, issues and to ensure that all immigrants are informed, educated and treated fairly and with dignity. 

WHEREAS, with smart reforms, CIR can help to address many economic sectors’ need for labor, and we can reinforce and protect our long-term future and create a productive work force, while also cultivating a fair system that allows immigrant workers to become productive, tax-paying members of our society.

BE IT RESOLVED, that CIR must create a system that promotes a win-win scenario that is fair, equitable and reasonable for business and employees alike. The system must be reliable and avoid unnecessary punitive measures for business and employees who are demonstrating a real desire to comply and respect rules and eligibility. Employers should be required to use the E-verify system, and for those who use in good faith should be free from penalty. Employers who do not hire workers who are authorized for employment should face increased sanctions.

BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED, We ask Congress to pass CIR in an effort to build a 21st century economy by addressing market needs that will help to sustain various service industries and labor forces, as well as help to provide sufficient high skilled worked to support our tech industries.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators will work in conjunction with Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation; and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators will continue to be an informational resource to its members and immigrants of this country concerning legislation applicable to Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the citizenship process.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, Comprehensive Immigration Reform is long overdue and we ask that the federal government and our leadership commit to the passage of meaningful reform before the end of 2013.


SPONSORED BY: Representative Minnie Gonzalez (CT) & Representative Catherine Miranda (AZ) CO-SPONSORED BY: Senator Juan M. Pichardo (RI), Senator Richard C. Martinez (NM), Senator Iris Y. Martinez (IL), Senator Carmelo J. Rios Santiago (PR), Senator Eduardo Bhatia Gautier (PR), Senator Anna Tovar (AZ), Senator Jose R. Nadal Power (PR), Senator Jorge I. Suarez Caceres (PR), Speaker Jaime R. Perelló Borrás (PR), Representative Joseph E. Miró (DE), Representative Marilinda Garcia (NH), Representative Ezequiel Santiago (CT).


Garcia For Congress (CD2) - ICYMI: Marilinda Garcia: New Hampshire's Young Conservative



In case you missed it, today featured this article highlighting Marilinda Garcia and her run for Congress. The article focuses on Garcia’s record of leadership in the New Hampshire state legislature, and her strong chance of defeating Ann Kuster and becoming a leader in Washington. According to the article:

“…when it comes to political candidates, Garcia is “kind of an unusual package,” says veteran D.C. political analyst Stu Rothenberg. “But let’s face it, Republicans need candidates that are in unusual packages these days.

Initially, the Republican establishment supported Lambert, believing him to be the more likely winner in the Democratic-leaning 2nd District. But they may be changing their minds.”

To read the full article, please click here


Garcia For Congress (CD2) - ICYMI— Granite Grok: "According to Gary Lambert Cutting Taxes Will Raise Taxes"



In case you missed it, today posted an article disputing the accusations made by Gary Lambert in a flyer he recently mailed to voters. The article points out that the evidence cited by Gary Lambert does not back up his claims at all, and questions why Lambert is criticizing Marilinda Garcia for desiring to close corporate loopholes. According to the article:

“This is an incredible claim, and not simply because it is hyperbolic. It is incredible because the odds of you finding any credible corroboration of the accusation, given the references provided on the mailer are near to nil.”

The article goes on to explain that “The Lambert campaign has placed a rhetorical bet based purely on the suspension of disbelief. Do you so [sic] little about my opponent that you will simply take my word that a Republican supports a massive tax hike and policies that would kill half a million jobs?"

To read the full article, please click here.