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Embattled Republican Rep. Guinta Faces Dim Future

By Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:59 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Rep. Frank Guinta has come under mounting pressure from Republicans in New Hampshire to resign from Congress following revelations he improperly reported a $355,000 campaign loan from his parents.

"Frank's problem is not going to go away," one GOP activist from Manchester, New Hampshire, who requested anonymity, told Newsmax on Tuesday. "We're already into our first-in-the-nation presidential primary and none of the presidential candidates will want to work with [Guinta]."

Former State Attorney General Tom Rath, a player in New Hampshire presidential primary campaigns for more than a generation, agreed.

"I don’t see how you change the narrative of this," Rath told Newsmax. "It's going to be hard [for Guinta] to sustain a re-election campaign with this story continuing."

These comments on Guinta’s political standing came a week after Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, and the Republican leaders of both the state Senate and House of Representatives called on the congressman to resign. In addition, three major newspapers — the Manchester Union-Leader, the Nashua Telegraph, and the Concord Monitor — have all editorially demanded that Guinta go.

Former Manchester Mayor Guinta has been dogged by reports that, in his first winning race for Congress in 2010, he used $355,000 in an account held in his parents' name. That amount is far more than his parents were legally allowed to give him under federal election law. Guinta initially insisted that the account was a joint account, he had deposited far more in it than his parents, and his reporting of it was paperwork error.

The finance flap roared into the headlines recently when Guinta agreed to repay the loan to his parents and pay a $15,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission.

Along with the growing chant of "Go, Frank, Go," Republicans in the Manchester-based 1st District have begun to speculate on who would run in the event of a special election to replace Guinta. Among those mentioned for the GOP nod are state Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, who held the congressional seat from 2003 to 2007; State Party Finance Chairman Dan Innis, who lost the 2014 primary to Guinta; Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas; and Bill Binnie, president of the New Hampshire 1 television network.

Also mentioned is Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, son of former Gov. John Sununu, who was White House Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush. Chris' brother, John, held the same U.S. House seat from 1996 until he was elected to the Senate in 2002.

Clearly smelling political blood, Democrats in the district are sure to field a strong contender in a special election or in the general election next year. Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who was unseated by Guinta in 2014, is reportedly eager to run again.

Executive Councilor Chris Pappas, whose family owns the popular Back Room restaurant in Manchester, is also receiving increasing mention as a Democratic congressional candidate.

Guinta does have his defenders in the district. Former New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald told Newsmax: "I’ve known Frank a long time and I don't think he should resign. This matter is between him and his constituents, of which I am one."

Others noted that time is on Guinta's side. As Tom Rath put it, "Right now, re-election would be very difficult for Frank. But right now, he’s not up for re-election."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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