Campaign 2010

Jan 22, 2014

It’s Official – The Tea Party Has Two Crusading Candidates in New Hampshire’s 2nd District

The Tea Party has made one thing clear – it has its sights set on New Hampshire’s 2nd District.  The extreme right wing has not just one, but two reliable rubberstamps lining up to carry Bill O’Brien’s Tea Party torch.  Marilinda Garcia announced her candidacy today, making it official that the Tea Party will have two crusading candidates pushing its reckless agenda.

“It’s official, the Tea Party has not one, but two crusading candidates in New Hampshire’s Second District,”  said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Gary Lambert and Marilinda Garcia are two peas in a pod who have spent their entire political careers rubberstamping Jeb Bradley and Bill O’Brien’s extreme right-wing agenda.  Both Garcia and Lambert have long records of putting their own personal social ideologies ahead of New Hampshire voters.  Both have repeatedly sided with the far right leaders of their party, voting to kill jobs and oppose a woman’s right to choose, and trying to deny marriage licenses to same sex couples.  Marilinda Garcia’s announcement makes one thing certain: the Tea Party will have a standard bearer running in November one way or the other.”

BACKGROUND:

Garcia Voted In Favor Of Privatizing Social Security. In March 2012, Garcia voted in favor of “a resolution urging Congress to privatize all aspects of Social Security.” [HCR39, Vote #190, 3/21/12]

Garcia Voted to Consider Restrictions on Women’s Health Services. In 2012, Garcia voted for a bill restricting a woman’s right to choose. According to the Portsmouth Herald, “The House voted 189-151 to send House Bill 1659, the Women's Right to Know Act, to the Senate. The bill would require pregnant women to wait 24 hours and certify they have been given information on fetal development before getting an abortion. Women would also be required to receive explicit information about the fetus and to view pictures and a video on the issue. Violating the law would be a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Violating the law would be a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.” [HB 1659, Vote #148, 3/14/12; Portsmouth Herald, 3/15/12]

Lambert Voted to Consider Restrictions on Women’s Health Services. In 2012, Lambert voted for a bill restricting a woman’s right to choose. According to the Portsmouth Herald, “The House voted 189-151 to send House Bill 1659, the Women's Right to Know Act, to the Senate. The bill would require pregnant women to wait 24 hours and certify they have been given information on fetal development before getting an abortion. Women would also be required to receive explicit information about the fetus and to view pictures and a video on the issue. Violating the law would be a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Violating the law would be a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.” Lambert voted against a measure that would’ve prohibited consideration for HB 1659, the measure was approved 12-11.  [HB 1659, Vote #69, 4/25/12; Portsmouth Herald3/15/12]

Garcia Voted To Repeal Popular 2009 Law Allow Gay Couples To Marry. In March 2012, Garcia voted in favor of repealing New Hampshire’s law that permits same-sex marriages. According to Eagle-Tribune, “At attempt to repeal same-sex marriage failed by a wide margin in the New Hampshire House yesterday, 116-211 […] Rep. David Bates, R-Windham, the prime sponsor of House Bill 437, led the repeal fight, asking colleagues to recognize the uniqueness and distinctiveness of what marriage is.” [Eagle-Tribune, 3/2/12; HB437,  Vote #189, 3/21/12]

Lambert Opposed Gay Marriage and Did Not Think New Hampshire Should Grant Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples. According to a Project Vote Smart “Political Courage Test,” Lambert opposed granting marriage licenses to same sex couples. [VoteSmart.org, accessed 9/03/13]

2012: Bill O’Brien Named Garcia As One Of His Reelection Campaign Co-Chairs. “N.H. House Speaker William O'Brien (R-Mont Vernon) officially announced his intent Monday to seek re-election as both a House member and Speaker, naming Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R-Salem) as one of his campaign co-chairs.” [Salem Patch, 4/16/12]

  • Garcia Praised O’Brien: “He Is the Right Person To Set the Direction For the State.” “New Hampshire needs Speaker O’Brien to continue his extraordinary efforts to make New Hampshire government responsive, efficient and effective […] The Speaker’s first two years have put us back on the tracks, but we need him for at least two more years to ensure we continue down the track of fiscal responsibility […] There is a lot more work to do, and he is the right person to set the direction for the state,” Garcia said in a statement. [Salem Patch, 4/16/12]