Campaign 2010

Oct 02, 2013

New Hampshire Republican Congressional Candidates Off To Rocky Start

Both New Hampshire Republicans Frank Guinta and Gary Lambert’s candidacies are already off to a rocky start after the plan they were pushing resulted in the first government shutdown in 17 years.  Siding with the irresponsible Tea Party, both Congressional candidates said they would have voted for a reckless Continuing Resolution that ultimately shut down the government, all in a failed attempt to give insurance companies free rein to raise costs and deny benefits to pad their profits.  The shutdown plan Guinta and Lambert were pushing is so reckless that even Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte warned that it was too risky. 

“Both Frank Guinta and Gary Lambert’s candidacies are off to a very rocky start now that the irresponsible Tea Party plan they were pushing has shut down the federal government,” said Marc Brumer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Less than a month into their candidacies, both Guinta and Lambert have already proven they will stop at nothing to advance the out-of-touch priorities of the reckless right, even if it means shutting down our government.  Guinta and Lambert staked their entire candidacies on a reckless mission to dismantle Obamacare and now that their plan has shut down the government, they’re going to have a long year explaining to voters why they chose the radical right over New Hampshire’s economy.”

BACKGROUND:

House Republicans Backed a Plan That Virtually Guaranteed a Government Shutdown. According to the Washington Post: “The U.S. government was poised to shut down for the first time in 17 years late Monday, as House Republicans clung tenaciously to their demand that any agreement to fund federal agencies must also undermine President Obama’s 2010 health-care law. With a midnight deadline fast approaching, the House voted 228 to 201 to approve the third GOP proposal in two weeks to fund the government – a plan that would delay enforcement of the ‘individual mandate,’ a cornerstone of the legislation that requires all Americans to obtain health coverage in 2014.” [Washington Post, 9/30/13]

  • Headline: GOP ties health care law to gov't shutdown [WMUR, 9/18/13]

“Right out of the Gate” Guinta Said he Supported Republican Plan that Would Shutdown Government Unless Obamacare was Defunded.  “Right out of the gate Guinta said he would have voted a week earlier with the majority of House members looking to defund ObamaCare. The vote was 230-189, virtually along party lines and destined go nowhere in the Senate. That means if the House holds its hard line, a government shutdown lies ahead.” [Fosters Daily Democrat, 9/26/13]

Lambert Supported Republican Plan that would Only Fund Government if Obamacare was Defunded. “Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday plowed ahead with a bill to gut President Barack Obama’s health care law while temporarily funding other government programs, ignoring a warning from the White House that the measure would be vetoed. […] Republican former state Sen. Gary Lambert, an announced candidate for the 2nd District U.S. House seat held by Kuster, said he supported the House Republican plan.” [Union Leader, 9/19/13]

  • Ayotte Opposed Shutting Down the Government: “I Don’t think that’s a Strategy that is Good for America.” “We have to remember that right now we only have one-third of the government as Republicans […] So I think right now we have to make every effort we can to make sure we can stop this law, but I don’t think we should shut down the government to do so, and I don’t think that’s a strategy that is good for America,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte said. [Union Leader, 9/19/13]

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