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Hassan refusing to work across the aisle, privately warns of veto


Concord - In an interview today with NH1, Governor Hassan mislead Granite Staters about her private threats to veto a bipartisan budget compromise. Hassan dishonestly stated, "nobody's talking about [a budget veto] right now," despite the fact that her own Democrat Senate Leader Jeff Woodburn recently said that the budget "is on the brink of a veto."


"It is clear that Governor Hassan is misleading Granite Staters and refusing to tell the truth about her private veto threats. After informing Senator Woodburn and the Democrat Senate caucus of her veto plans behind closed doors, the governor is now telling a different story to the public," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Current and former state employees have contacted the New Hampshire Republican Party to inform us that Governor Hassan has told department heads to prepare for the potential of a budget veto. It is unacceptable for Governor Hassan to deliberately mislead Granite Staters about her private veto threat that will put critical state services at risk. It's time for Governor Hassan to stop focusing on her plans to run for United States Senate, start working with the Legislature on a bipartisan budget and immediately rule out a disastrous veto."




During the Senate budget debate, the Democrats' leader, Sen. Jeff Woodburn said the budget "is on the brink of a veto," (State House Dome: Budget compromise faces loose deadline, Union Leader, Garry Rayno, 6/6/2015)


Gov. Hassan said...any talk of a potential budget veto is premature. 'Nobody's talking about that right now.' (Governor Hassan not ready to use 'V word' in state budget talks, NH1, Jeff Wade, 6/12/15)





Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Governor Hassan's veto threat of SB 179, which would establish a thirty day residency requirement to vote in New Hampshire:

"Secretary of State Bill Gardner's nearly forty years of public service overseeing elections has made him one of the foremost authorities on election law and voting requirements in New Hampshire. His support for a thirty day residency requirement demonstrates that this commonsense, bipartisan measure would help preserve the integrity of our election process. Governor Hassan's veto threat of this important legislation is partisan politics at its worst. It's time for Governor Hassan to listen to the concerns voiced by Secretary Gardner and support this bipartisan legislation that would protect the credibility of the ballot box in New Hampshire."

Governor Hassan's veto threat follows Secretary of State Bill Gardner reaffirming his support for SB 179. Recently, Secretary of State Bill Gardner stated that New Hampshire has "drive-by voting" and that he has witnessed fraud personally.




Shut Down Looms As Hassan Refuses To Work Across The Aisle On Budget


Concord - The New Hampshire Republican State Committee today launched the Governor Hassan Shutdown Clock that counts down to midnight on June 30, 2015, when the New Hampshire government will shut down if a budget is not passed. Governor Hassan is privately informing members of her own party that New Hampshire is "on the brink of a veto" that could threaten state services because she refuses to compromise with the Legislature.


"Instead of working across the aisle on a bipartisan budget, Governor Hassan is launching partisan political attacks and pushing New Hampshire state government to the brink of a disastrous shutdown," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "The Senate's commonsense budget proposal lives within our means, compromises on funding increases for core public services and cuts taxes for Granite State job creators. It is shameful that Governor Hassan would prefer to shut down the government and focus on her United States Senate campaign instead of working with the Legislature to move New Hampshire forward."


As of this writing, there are 20 days, 12 hours and 52 minutes until Governor Hassan's Government Shutdown.




During the Senate budget debate, the Democrats' leader, Sen. Jeff Woodburn said the budget "is on the brink of a veto," (State House Dome: Budget compromise faces loose deadline, Union Leader, Garry Rayno, 6/6/2015)


NHDP - NHGOP "Infighting Heats Up” 

Concord, N.H. – In today’s daily reminder that the Frank Guinta mess Kelly Ayotte and the New Hampshire Republican Party created isn’t going anywhere, the Union Leader reports, “Republican infighting intensified over the weekend” about the party’s response to Guinta’s years of lies.  
Conservative activist and former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway said, “Frankly, this is sort of a tipping point… Bryan Gould stepping down is a very big statement.”
The Valley News also became the latest New Hampshire newspaper to call for Guinta’s resignation, writing, “Just Go, Rep. Guinta.”
And Kathy Sullivan notes in a Union Leader column that the FEC’s report raises questions about some of Guinta’s other claims dating all the way back to his time as Mayor of Manchester.
See roundup below:
Valley News Editorial: Just Go, Rep. Guinta
Today we become the last, or very nearly the last, newspaper in New Hampshire to call on U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta to resign at once his seat representing the First Congressional District.
It’s not that we just now reached the conclusion that the congressman should go. It has been quite apparent for some time that he lied about the source of a campaign contribution in 2010. Guinta, a Republican, conceded as much when he entered into an agreement with the Federal Election Commission to pay a $15,000 fine and repay to his parents $355,000 that the FEC concluded amounted to an illegal contribution.
It’s just that we thought that by now Guinta would have heeded the rest of the state’s political chorus, which includes not only the major newspapers, but also much of the Republican establishment.
… New Hampshire Republicans have reason to fear Guinta’s continued presence in office as the 2016 election approaches. Ayotte certainly appreciates that sharing the ballot with this fellow Republican next year could meaningfully damage her re-election prospects in what many observers predict will be a tight race. Not only that, Guinta presents a likely distraction for the GOP field of presidential candidates, which contains about as many entries as the Kentucky Derby. 
… That’s the GOP’s problem. Guinta’s bigger offense is against the public trust. [Full editorial]
Union Leader: GOP infighting heats up over Guinta letter
Republican infighting intensified over the weekend after state GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn’s scathing letter that U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta’s “credibility has been irreparably damaged” in connection with his federal campaign finance violations.
… State GOP Vice Chairman Bryan K. Gould immediately resigned, saying the letter was neither objective nor accurate. And he is being joined by some conservative voices who believe party leaders should have stayed out of it.
… Andrew Hemingway, who ran for the Republican gubernatorial nomination last year, said he heard the buzz about such a meeting, and that the concern is not just about Guinta, but about the direction of the party. “Frankly, this is sort of a tipping point,” he said. “Bryan Gould stepping down is a very big statement.” [Full story]
Kathy Sullivan: FEC report raises questions about other Guinta claims
LAST WEEK the Federal Election Commission released its report on the source of $355,000 in loans made to Frank Guinta’s 2010 campaign for Congress. It has caused further erosion of support for Guinta. The report confirms that Guinta did not tell the truth in 2010, or thereafter, when he claimed that years of frugal living and hard work enabled him to open several accounts at Bank of America that he said were the source of the funds. Nor was he telling the truth when he claimed in a 2014 debate that the FEC investigation was over.

… He also says he just made a mistake on his congressional financial disclosure statement, when he neglected to list a Bank of America account. He did not think he had to list the account because it was in his parents’ names. In 2010, however, he said he forgot to include it. Even if you believe him, it does not explain why Guinta told the media, and therefore voters, that the money came from years of frugal living and hard work.
… During the years 2002 through 2009, the city charter required Manchester Alderman and later Mayor Guinta to submit annual disclosure statements, listing, inter alia, any investment in which his interest was $50,000 or more.

… If Guinta considered these funds to be his, why did he fail to disclose the wealth management account, year after year, for seven years?

Guinta’s lack of candor raises questions with respect to other past controversies.

In 2008, for example, the city filed liens against Guinta for failing to make timely payment of over $3,000 in real estate taxes, as well as smaller wastewater charges. Guinta said he was unaware of the liens, even though he should have received notices. Also, as mayor, he should have been well aware that real estate taxes are payable in July and December, and that failure to pay results in tax liens.

Then there was that 2009 fight at the Fish and Game Club.
… It was difficult to accept Guinta’s account in 2009. In light of Guinta’s latest credibility issues, it is even harder to accept now.  [Full column]



NHDP - ICYMI: GOP Civil War Over Frank Guinta’s Lies Keeps Getting Worse 

Concord, N.H. – Five years after Frank Guinta’s Republican primary challenges first questioned his lies, New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn has finally conceded, “he has clearly been untruthful, and possibly, atevery point.”
The Union Leader notes, “Horn’s communique marked a new level of tension between party leaders.”
That might be an understatement. Following Horn’s letter, NHGOP Vice Chair Bryan Gould announced that he would resign his post in protest.
It's no secret that after New Hampshire Republican Party leader Kelly Ayotte propped Guinta up throughout his years of lies, Ayotte and the party have struggled with the mess they created.
On May 18, the NHGOP Executive Committee refused to take any action against Guinta, with Horn striking a “conciliatory tone” and even “thanking Guinta.” 100 New Hampshire Republicans later took out a full page pro-Guinta Union Leader ad serving as a reminder of Ayotte’s failed leadership.
See coverage recap below:
Union Leader:
Republican Congressman Frank Guinta has lost the trust of his state party’s chairman, and she told him so in a telephone conversation on Thursday.

Horn’s communique marked a new level of tension between party leaders and Guinta, who has steadfastly refused to step down in the wake of an investigation into illegal campaign contributions by the Federal Election Commission.

… The GOP executive board did not take any action when it met on May 18 and heard privately from Guinta. After that meeting, Horn sounded a more conciliatory tone, thanking Guinta for his voluntary participation and saying there was not much the party could do.

… With the party gearing up for a presidential election year, Horn suggested that the GOP could ill-afford to be saddled with a radioactive incumbent. [Full story]

USA Today:
The head of the New Hampshire Republican Party, Jennifer Horn, has turned against GOP Rep. Frank Guinta, saying the congressman’s credibility is “irreparably damaged.”
… He apologized on May 17 and admitted that there were problems with his reporting and disclosure but said that the money was his.
The state Republican Party Executive Committee accepted his apology and did not call for his resignation.
But the Federal Election Commission (FEC) released new documents this week detailing Guinta’s financial transactions, leading Horn to hint that it might be time for him to step down.
… As of Wednesday, Guinta said he will not resign because the FEC issue is closed. [Full story]
State Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn has politically abandoned U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, telling fellow party leaders on Thursday she no longer believes his explanation for his campaign finance violations and that he has "lied and betrayed the public trust."
But the controversy has continued to split the party. has learned that shortly after Horn's letter was emailed to committee members, party Vice Chairman Bryan Gould resigned his post.
"The e-mail was sent over my strenuous objections," he told "It is not fair, objective, or accurate. I have resigned as Vice Chairman of the party this afternoon as a result."
The pressure on Guinta to step down has intensified since the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday released documents detailing its staff’s finding that Guinta broke campaign finance law by taking excessive campaign contributions from his parents and using the money to loan to his 2010 congressional campaign.
… As of late Wednesday, Guinta continued to refuse to step down, writing in a statement that the FEC “matter” has been settled…
… It also remains to be seen whether U.S. House Republican leaders on Capitol Hill will abandon Guinta. So far, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner has been silent on the controversy, saying only, on May 19, “I think all members should be held to the highest ethical standards.”
Boehner, meeting with Capitol Hill reporters, was asked about Guinta again on Thursday.
“I’ve not seen all the facts in the case,” he said. “We’re waiting for them to show up. We’ll make a decision when we see facts.” [Full story]
Boston Globe:
BAD WEEK: Frank Guinta
It was bad enough for Representative Frank Guinta of New Hampshire when the Federal Election Commission concluded he took an illegal campaign contribution. It was worse when Senator Kelly Ayotte and the GOP leaders at the State House called on him to resign. But imagine how crummy he feels now, after FEC documents show his own mother contradicted his story. Guinta had suggested the money came from a “family pot” to which he had access. According to the feds, Virginia Guinta’s story put the lie to her son’s version of events. On Thursday, even state GOP chairwoman Jennifer Horn apparently concluded Mother knows best. “To be perfectly honest, I no longer believe him,” Horn said. “His actions are beneath the honor of his office.” [Full story]
NH1 News:
Hours after New Hampshire GOP Chair Jennifer Horn wrote that that U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta “has clearly been untruthful,” the embattled Republican congressman pushed back against calls to resign, saying “I am committed to my job.”
… Some topGranite State Republicans, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, state Senate President Chuck Morse, state House Speaker Shawn Jasper, and Executive Councilor Chris Sununu have called on Guinta to resign over the past two weeks ago, after the agreement between Guinta and the FEC was first made public. But last week nearly 100 Guinta supporters publicly backed the congressman in a full page ad in the New Hampshire Union Leader.
… Earlier Thursday, NHGOP Vice Chair Byran Gould resigned after objecting to Horn’s letter.
“I am deeply disappointed in the decision that he (Gould) made today,” Horn told NH1 News.
… U.S. House Speaker John Boehner remained silent on the Guinta controversy Thursday.
“I’ve not seen all the facts in the case,” the Ohio Republican told Capitol Hill reporters. “We’re waiting for them to show up. We’ll make a decision when we see facts.” [Full story]
Associated Press:
The head of the state Republican Party said yesterday that GOP U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta “has clearly been untruthful” about where he got $355,000 to spend on his 2010 campaign.
In a letter to the party’s executive committee yesterday, Chairwoman Jennifer Horn didn’t directly call for Guinta’s resignation, as others have done, but said she told him that she doesn’t trust him and that his actions are beneath the honor of his office.
… Guinta maintains that his only mistake was improperly reporting money that was rightfully his. But in an agreement made public last month, the commission concluded that Guinta broke the law by accepting donations above the legal limit from his parents, fined him $15,000 and ordered him to repay the money. At that time, the state Republican Party’s executive committee and Horn declined to take any formal action against Guinta, but the pressure for him to resign has increased since Tuesday, when the FEC released documents detailing its investigation. [Full story]
Support for Congressman Frank Guinta continues to fall, days after the release of two reports detailing federal investigations into his fundraising practices. New Hampshire Republican Chairwoman Jennifer Horn has now joined the chorus of prominent GOP leaders criticizing Guinta.
… Numerous GOP leaders, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, House Speaker Shawn Jasper and Senate President Chuck Morse, have called on Guinta to resign. But the state Republican Party’s executive committee declined to take action against Guinta at its most recent meeting. Horn’s letter indicates that may change. [Full story]


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