Saturday, July 2, 2011

Guinta attack on Mahoney backfires as liberal record exposed

August 30, 2010 by ShawnMillerick  
Filed under News & Politics

Republican congressional candidate Frank Guinta issued a curious attack on his opponent Sean Mahoney today in the First Congressional District primary in which he challenges Mahoney’s Republican credentials.

But Guinta’s own voting record might lead voters to wonder about his own commitment to party principles.

It is commonly understood that Frank Guinta has only considered himself a conservative since he announced his campaign for Congress. Prior to that Guinta didn’t call himself a conservative – he said as much in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Instead, he claimed to be a “new Republican.” (New Hampshire Union Leader, “Frank C. Guinta’s Favorite Pastime is Politics, Jan. 22, 2002.)

Apparently “new Republicans” vote for big-spending Democratic budgets as Guinta did when he supported then-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen’s FY 2001 – 2002 budget, which increased state spending by double digits. Guinta also voted for Democratic tax increases when he was in the House. He backed higher taxes on local businesses and insurance premiums.

Guinta’s record on social issues isn’t much better. In fact, from a conservative perspective, it’s even worse. NowHampshire.com has already reported on the fact that Guinta supported abortion rights and wanted the Granite State to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states.

What’s more, Guinta’s liberal position on cap-and-trade is well documented. As Mayor, Guinta partnered with the Sierra Club to pressure Washington to pass cap-and-trade-style legislation.

It appears that someone other than Frank Guinta should serve as the yard stick for who does and who does not represent Republican principles.

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