Entries in NH CD-2 (722)
In case you missed it, The Keene Sentinel yesterday published this article which explains why a local small-business owner is supporting Marilinda Garcia instead of Ann Kuster. According to the article:
“At the time, Pelkey attempted to get help from Democratic Rep. Ann M. Kuster, the incumbent defending her 2nd Congressional District seat against Garcia in the Nov. 4 election.
Pelkey said he didn’t get an answer from Kuster, leading him to place his faith in Republican candidates.”
The article went on to say “he said he was also concerned about excessive regulation for businesses, and said he likes that Garcia supports reducing the number of regulations businesses must follow.
“She has the knowledge and the experience, and just the right ingredients,” he said.”
To read the full article, please click here.
An ‘Opportunity for All’ To Be Heard
Concord, NH– Kenny Cunningham, communications director for Marilinda Garcia for Congress, released the following statement announcing that Marilinda Garcia will host 5 townhall meetings before the November 4 election:
“In honoring a New Hampshire tradition and the expectations of integrity and openness from our candidates, Marilinda Garcia will host 5 townhall meetings in New Hampshire’s Second District before Election Day, starting on October 7th, in Littleton. These townhall meetings will offer voters an honest opportunity to interact one-on-one with Marilinda and discuss with her the important issues facing our state and our nation.”
Cunningham went on to say, “Although Ann Kuster has yet to respond to our request to participate in a townhall forum, we would like to renew our invitation to her, and urge her to attend any of the below townhall meetings. We see no reason for her to miss these valuable opportunities to meet with the people of New Hampshire, and thus we will be prepared for her participation in every forum.”
“Additionally, we have provided directions to each meeting for Ann Kuster, and we are more than willing to facilitate her travel arrangements so that she is finally able to participate in a townhall meeting. Ann Kuster has never held a townhall meeting and her constituents deserve the opportunity to share their concerns and views with their representative to Congress.”
The dates and locations of the townhalls are as follows:
When: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Where: Littleton, NH
When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Topic: National Security (with special guest, John Bolton)
Where: Hanover, NH
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Topic: Taxes & Regulations
Where: Keene, NH
When: October 29, 2014
Topic: Government Spending & National Debt
Where: Concord, NH
When: November 3, 2014
Topic: Jobs & the Economy
Where: Nashua, NH
Specific locations of the aforementioned townhalls will be announced on the week of the event.
Concord, NH– Marilinda Garcia, Republican nominee for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District, released the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Obamacare website launch:
“The Obamacare website continues to be a prime example of the failures of Obamacare and of the burdens this policy has forced upon the people of New Hampshire. The website has been characterized by flaws, errors, and major outages, and has only added to the confusion caused by this intrusive and complex program,” said Garcia.
“However, Washington politicians like President Obama and Ann Kuster continue to blindly support Obamacare and ignore the struggles of the people of New Hampshire. Ann Kuster even boasts that she would have voted for Obamacare, despite the fact that it has now forced a majority of our state’s hospitals ‘out of network,’ caused major cuts to the Medicare Advantage fund, and resulted in skyrocketing health insurance premiums.
The people of New Hampshire clearly deserve better. I know it is imperative that we support bottom-up reforms that improve health care quality and affordability for all New Hampshire families, and put the power back in the hands of individuals.”
NHDP - ICYMI: "New Hampshire GOP House candidate [Marilinda Garcia]: 'Most women are emotional roller coasters'"
New Hampshire Republican House candidate Marilinda Garcia on Tuesday decried Democrats for what she called an “insulting” focus on women’s issues like abortion and paycheck fairness, arguing their emphasis on the subject distracts from the real issues she said women are concerned about, like jobs, energy and national security.
But Garcia may face distractions from her own preferred message. She once called women “emotional rollercoasters” during a floor speech on an abortion bill in the New Hampshire legislature — a remark that Democrats are likely to use against her as Election Day nears.
During a Tuesday interview with local radio station WGIR, Garcia was asked why Democrats were using “the women’s rights issue” to attack her in her race with Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.).
“Frankly, I think it’s insulting, because they’re preying upon what they see as a vulnerable group, one that can be swayed with scare tactics,” Garcia said during the interview.
She accused Democrats of “continually harp[ing] upon these social-issue scare tactics” to try to get at voters like herself — young single women. Garcia is 31, and her profile as a young female Hispanic candidate has made her a rising star within the GOP even before she won a hard-fought primary fight last month.
Garcia said women are more focused on other topics.
“In reality, the women I talk to, I would say maybe 2 percent of all of the voters I’ve talked to in the 2nd district and my peers — What do we talk about? We worry about the job market, we worry about our energy independence, we worry about our debt, we worry about entitlement reform, we worry about national security,” she said.
“These are the issues we want to talk about and women are concerned about, but the Democrats don’t have a record to run on.”
Those comments are similar to ones made by Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown during a Tuesday interview with Fox News, when he was asked about attacks from Democrats on his record on women's issues and he said "I'm talking about issues people care about."
In both of New Hampshire's House races and the state's Senate race, Democrats have focused heavily on women's issues in hopes of taking advantage of the advantage Democrats typically enjoy among female voters.
Kuster and groups backing her have hammered Garcia on paycheck fairness, the Violence Against Women Act and abortion, all of which Garcia has opposed in public statements and during her time in the state legislature.
And those attacks are likely to draw further fuel from her comments, during a 2007 floor speech in the New Hampshire House in support of a law requiring parental notification for abortion, calling women “emotional rollercoasters.
In a clip obtained by The Hill, Garcia declares, “a pregnant teen — I mean, most women are emotional roller coasters — but a pregnant teen is an emotional roller coaster going at warp-speed.”
New Hampshire Democratic Party spokeswoman Julie McClain said the comments were evidence Garcia “is hopelessly out of touch with women and families in New Hampshire.”
“She has insulted women by calling us 'emotional roller coasters’ — belittling our decision-making abilities and suggesting that we cannot be trusted with our own health care decisions. Then, she unilaterally decided that 98 percent of voters don't care about issues like paycheck fairness and reproductive freedom,” McClain said in an email.
“As the families of the second congressional district seek to elect a congresswoman who will move us forward, Marilinda Garcia is promising to send us backwards.”