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Tuesday
Oct142014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - Marilinda Garcia Releases Latest Ad "World Leadership"

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Concord, NH – Kenny Cunningham, communications director for Marilinda Garcia for Congress, released the following statement regarding the release of Marilinda’s web video, “World Leadership.” This is the latest video in her web video series entitled “Try Something New.”

“America must be a leader in world affairs, but out-of-touch Washington politicians such as President Obama and Ann Kuster have demonstrated a lack of the leadership and decisiveness necessary to be effective in curtailing growing security threats like ISIS.”

Cunningham went on to say, “Marilinda recognizes that the people of New Hampshire deserve better and are ready to try something new. She will be the honest and responsible leader that our state deserves, and guarantee that America regains its position of respect across the world. Our support and momentum are both continuing to grow because of her commitment to ensuring we have an effective government.” 

Tuesday
Oct142014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - Marilinda Garcia Statement Regarding State Rep. Vaillancourt's Comments 

 

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Concord, NH – Marilinda Garcia, Republican nominee for New Hampshire's Second District, released the following statement regarding New Hampshire State Representative Vaillancourt's recent comments about Representative Ann Kuster:

"State Rep. Vaillancourt’s recent comments about Rep. Ann Kuster are sexist and have absolutely no place in political discourse. Both Rep. Kuster and I have experienced this unfortunate reality of being a woman in politics. I hope that as time moves forward and more female candidates run for political office around the country, people will focus on the content of our ideas rather than what we wear and how we look."

Sunday
Oct122014

NHDP - ICYMI: "Garcia came off the rails at Nashua chamber event" 

Nashua Telegraph Editorial: "Garcia came off the rails at Nashua chamber event"


Key Point: “[Marilinda] Garcia is not ignorant of the [passenger rail] issue, and Williams knew it. As a state representative, Garcia has a track record of opposing commuter rail initiatives. Williams, a knowledgeable business advocate and student of state government, called her on it.

"Most amazing about Garcia’s embarrassing response is that she clearly wasn’t prepared to address the issue. Hello. This is Nashua. Commuter rail is an important issue here. It’s an important issue to the Chamber of Commerce as well. An astute candidate attending a political forum in Nashua, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, would have anticipated the question and been ready to offer an intelligent response. Garcia was not, and for that there is no excuse."

See here or below for the full editorial:

“Be prepared” is the Boy Scout motto. It’s also a song from Disney’s “The Lion King.” And it should be the motto of any candidate for public office sitting down to talk politics with Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Williams, especially with more than 100 business people and the media watching.

Witness 2nd District congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia. The Salem Republican, who is seeking to unseat Democrat incumbent Ann Kuster, was paddling along quite nicely Thursday morning, regurgitating her carefully constructed talking points, when Williams adeptly sliced a few holes in her fragile little dingy.

The issue that rattled Williams’ cage the most was extending commuter rail service to Nashua and places north. Garcia pleaded ignorance of the issue and told Williams, “I’ll get back to you on that.”

Garcia is not ignorant of the issue, and Williams knew it. As a state representative, Garcia has a track record of opposing commuter rail initiatives. Williams, a knowledgeable business advocate and student of state government, called her on it.

Most amazing about Garcia’s embarrassing response is that she clearly wasn’t prepared to address the issue. Hello. This is Nashua. Commuter rail is an important issue here. It’s an important issue to the Chamber of Commerce as well. An astute candidate attending a political forum in Nashua, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, would have anticipated the question and been ready to offer an intelligent response. Garcia was not, and for that there is no excuse.

Saturday
Oct112014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - Marilinda Garcia Statement on Military Funeral Honors Program Cuts

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Concord, NH– Marilinda Garcia, candidate for Congress, released the following statement regarding cuts to the Army National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors program:

“New Hampshire has a valued tradition of honoring and respecting those who have answered the call to serve, and ensuring they receive the proper care upon their return. Ann Kuster, as a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, has failed to fulfill her duty to honor our veterans. I urge Ann Kuster to give this issue her full attention and to work to ensure veterans receive the proper burial services that they deserve.”

“It is our responsibility as Americans to honor those veterans who have served to protect our great nation and have allowed freedom to prevail. I am deeply upset with Washington politicians like President Obama and Ann Kuster who have stood idly by and done nothing to ensure that veterans who served their county in the armed forces receive the respect they deserve.”

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Friday
Oct102014

Garcia For Congress (CD2) - State of the Garcia race, 25 days out 

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WMUR/UNH’s most recent poll shows Marilinda Garcia four points ahead of Ann Kuster in New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District.

This, and all polls, should be taken with a grain of salt. Polls go up and down. But, these numbers do reinforce what our team has already seen in our internal numbers and felt in our respective guts while with Mari on the campaign trail: this race is Marilinda’s to win.

Marilinda’s race has been a remarkable one—anything but ordinary. In April, the common belief—both in New Hampshire and Washington—was that Marilinda was not ready for primetime, and would lose the primary election. “She’s a smart girl and will be a great candidate next time around” was the common refrain. New Hampshire Democrats openly mocked her age, looks, and even her shoes (I assure you, she has perfectly normal shoes).

We bit our tongues and looked forward to the moment when these same folks would realize that they had severely underestimated this highly intelligent and accomplished young woman. Luckily for us, this happened sooner rather than later, and Marilinda won her primary overwhelmingly against two formidable and talented Republican opponents.

Now, 25 days removed from November 4, Marilinda has a very real shot at upsetting incumbent Ann Kuster and heading to Washington, D.C. to represent New Hampshire’s 2nd District. Even Kuster’s own campaign manager yesterday sent an alarmed email to Kuster’s supporters saying that the incumbent’s lead has been “erased” and that the race is now “a pure toss up and a statistical dead heat."

This too, is remarkable—but for reasons you may not be aware of. We crunched the numbers today, and it appears that Marilinda is being outspent on television by a ratio of 4 to 1. In fact, since the beginning of October, she is being outspent on television by a ratio of no less than 10 to 1! 

A gap of this magnitude typically spells doom for whichever candidate is being so vastly outspent in a competitive seat, but it seems as if the more money that Kuster and her allies spend attempting to demonize Marilinda, the better Marilinda does.  And boy, have they been relentless!

You see, Ann Kuster and Nancy Pelosi’s Far Left wing of the Democratic Party sees Marilinda as an existential threat. They know that a young, female, Hispanic with an independent voice joining the ranks of Congress and advocating for New Hampshire’s values on a national level will undermine their entire playbook. It will become more difficult for them to effectively divide the American people, and paint Republicans as hopeless, old fashioned, sexist…racists.

New Hampshire voters are too smart for these tricks. They seem to be rejecting “Single Issue Annie’s” desperate attempt to fool them into thinking that Marilinda is waging some kind of a “War on Women.”

Today, from where I sit in Concord, it seems that another upset is brewing in New Hampshire’s Second District.  For years we have heard that voters are tired of politics-as-usual and that they’ve seen enough negative, misleading, smear-ads meant to scare voters when they should be educating them. Maybe now in 2014, New Hampshire will be first in the nation to say “No—we will not tolerate this any longer. We are tired of politics as usual! We are ready to try something new.”

Let’s not kid ourselves.  A relentless, well-funded campaign like Ann Kuster’s against Marilinda will take its toll.  While we do not need to outspend Ann Kuster and her allies, we do have to close the gap substantially.  And we will.

As our own TV ads ramp up in coming weeks, we will need your help to make sure as many Granite Staters see them as possible. I hope you will consider contributing to the cause of ensuring “opportunity for all” the people of New Hampshire and America. Each of you has something different to offer. Only you know what it is. Marilinda needs you.