May 15, 2015 5:47 PM

Constituents call for NH congressman's resignation

PORTSMOUTH - A dark cloud hanging over the campaign of Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH) may be getting darker.

Following a $15,000 fine from the Federal Election Commission for illegal campaign contributions, and the order to repay more than $300,000 of those contributions, some New Hampshire voters are calling for Guinta to step down.

“If he violated the election law – if it has been proven, legally – then he has to pay the price," said Jerry Ross, who told NH1 News he was a longtime supporter of Guinta and always had trusted him. "He has to step down.”

It’s a familiar sentiment in a storm of financial fury for the Congressman.

Calls for his resignation follow the donation of about $350,000 to his congressional campaign account from a banking account held in his parents' name.

“He should’ve come clean a long time ago about this," said Patricia Salome, a registered NH voter who called Guinta's alleged actions 'very upsetting.'

"I’m disappointed in any elected official who does such a thing," Salome said. "They have a moral obligation to uphold certain rights and certain privileges – and he has let us all down, regardless of our party.”

NH1 News approached random voters in downtown Portsmouth on Friday to ask Guinta's constituents about their thoughts on the fine. All voters who spoke to NH1 on-camera said Guinta should step down, even former supporters.

“I think it’s despicable to be doing dishonest things," said Martha Pike. "Especially when you’re trying to represent the country or the state of New Hampshire.”

Congressman Guinta has said the financial mix-up was an ‘inadvertent error.’

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