GRANITE  STATUS:  Guinta  denies  he  got  big  money  from  his  parents  

 
DATE:  October  14,  2010    
PUBLICATION:  New  Hampshire  Union  Leader  (Manchester,  NH)    
PAGE:  02  
 
GUINTA  HITS  BACK.  Republican  Frank  Guinta  yesterday  denied  accepting  money  from  
his  parents  to  help  finance  his  1st  District  U.S.  House  campaign  and  said  Carol  Shea-­‐
Porter  and  the  Democratic  Party  have  stooped  to  a  "new  low"  for  implying  that  he  
did.  For  months,  the  source  of  $245,000  in  loans  and  $110,000  in  
contributions  Guinta  made  to  his  campaign  has  been  the  subject  of  questions  raised  by  
the  Democratic  Party,  Shea-­‐Porter  and  the  media.  
 
Guinta  in  July  amended  an  earlier  financial  disclosure  report  by  adding  a  bank  account  
of  between  $250,000  and  $500,000,  which  he  has  said  is  the  source  of  the  money.  It's  
been  unclear  where  that  account  came  from  since  Guintahad  not  listed  it  on  earlier  
financial  disclosure  reports  filed  when  he  served  as  Manchester's  mayor.  The  
Democratic  Party  has  insisted  Guinta  produce  bank  statements.  
 
A  New  Hampshire  Public  Radio  report  this  week  suggested  Guinta  may  have  used  the  
proceeds  of  his  parents'  sale  of  a  New  Jersey  home  four  months  before  he  became  a  
candidate  as  the  source  of  the  added  account  and  to  help  finance  his  campaign.  If  he  
had  used  such  a  gift  from  his  parents  for  his  campaign,  it  would  have  been  acceptance  
of  a  campaign  contribution  far  in  excess  of  the  federal  limit  of  $2,400  per  person  per  
election.  
 
The  state  Democratic  Party  early  yesterday  said  that  if  Guinta  did  receive  "hundreds  of  
thousands  of  dollars  in  campaign  contributions  from  his  parents,"  he  should  suspend  his  
campaign.  
 
But  Guinta  told  the  Granite  Status  later  yesterday  he  did  not  accept  his  parents'  money  
and  that  he  and  his  wife  had  saved  up  the  money  themselves.  
 
"To  answer  that  directly,"  he  said  of  the  questions  about  using  his  parents'  money,  "the  
answer  is  no."  
 
He  said  that  NHPR  "implied  that  my  parents  gave  me  money  from  the  proceeds  from  
the  sale  of  a  home.  The  answer  is  no,  that  is  not  true.  
 
"It's  no  different  than  what  I've  been  telling  people  for  the  last  several  months.  My  wife  
and  I  have  been  in  the  workforce  for  nearly  20  years.  I  have  been  in  the  private  sector.  
I've  been  fortunate  to  make  money  also  in  the  markets.  Over  years  of  time,  we  have  
been  able  to  put  this  money  together."  
 

He  reiterated  earlier  comments  that  "it  was  a  mistake"  that  he  did  not  list  the  $250,000  
to  $500,000  account  on  his  initial  campaign  financial  disclosure  report.  
 
"I  made  a  mistake  and  once  I  realized  I  made  the  mistake,  I  corrected  it,"  Guinta  said.  He  
also  said  he  voluntarily  amended  the  report  and,  "It  was  not  a  result  of  someone  
identifying  an  error  outside  of  the  campaign."  
 
Guinta  said  the  original  financial  disclosure  report  "already  had  enough  money"  to  cover  
the  $355,000  in  loans  and  contributions.  
 
"The  bottom  line  is  my  wife  and  I  have  worked  hard  for  nearly  the  20  years  that  we've  
been  in  the  workforce  and  we've  been  fortunate.  We  sat  down  and  decided  we  were  
willing  to  invest  in  this  campaign  because  the  direction  of  this  country  needs  to  be  
changed,"  Guinta  said.  
 
"It's  a  sad  commentary  on  Carol  Shea-­‐Porter  and  the  Democratic  Party  if  they  want  to  
hold  power  so  much  that  they're  willing  to  say  anything  and  attack  in  any  
manner,"  Guinta  said.  "I  can  handle  it  but  dragging  my  parents  into  it  shows  that  they  
are  desperate.  My  parents  are  good  and  decent  people  who  worked  hard  their  entire  
lives.  This  is  even  beneath  Carol  Shea-­‐Porter."  
 
He  said  the  Shea-­‐Porter  and  state  Democratic  Party  strategy  is  the  same  as  the  national  
Democratic  strategy,  "and  that  is  that  if  you  feel  you're  losing,  attack  your  Republican  
opponent  personally  and  directly.  And  that  is  exactly  what  they  are  doing  in  this  
circumstance."  
 
"They  can't  win  based  on  merit  and  issues  and  so  they  want  to  try  to  do  anything  they  
can  to  attack  me  personally,"Guinta  said.  
 
But  Michael  Brunelle,  executive  director  of  the  state  Democratic  Party,  said  the  NHPR  
story  showed  "there's  no  possible  way"  Guinta  and  his  wife  could  have  save  up  the  
money  themselves.  He  accused  Guinta  of  again  dodging  the  question.  
 
Shea-­‐Porter  campaign  manager  Rob  Moller  said  that  Guinta  offered  no  new  information  
and  said  that  while  Guinta  is  blaming  Democrats,  in  fact  Guinta's  own  Republican  
primary  opponents,  who  now  co-­‐chair  his  general  election  campaign,  brought  up  the  
issue.  
 
"We're  going  to  keep  asking  the  question  that  needs  to  be  asked,"  Moller  said.  
 
"CHARACTER"  ISSUES.  As  the  Guinta  controversy  illustrates,  with  less  than  three  weeks  
to  go  before  Election  Day  2010,  at  least  two  major  Republican  candidates  find  
themselves  on  the  defensive  on  issue  of  "character,  integrity  and  honesty."  
 

In  the  Senate  race,  Democrat  Paul  Hodes'  campaign  found  Kelly  Ayotte's  October  and  
November  2006  work  e-­‐mail  discussions  with  her  current  campaign  adviser,  Rob  
Varsalone,  about  her  decision  to  seek  the  death  penalty  in  the  murder  of  Manchester  
Police  Officer  Michael  Briggs  and  then,  two  weeks  later,  about  her  political  future.  
He  says  it  shows  that  she  used  the  capital  murder  case  as  a  "springboard"  for  a  political  
career.  
 
Her  campaign  calls  the  Hodes  allegations  "false"  and  "despicable."  
 
But  some  Republicans  are  not  happy  with  Ayotte.  One  GOP  insider  said  to  us,  "Viewing  
the  killing  of  a  police  officer  as  a  political  opportunity  is  beneath  contempt."