First on NH1 News: Guinta to hold town hall Saturday; first since contributions scandal
MANCHESTER – Rep. Frank Guinta will hold his first town hall with constituents in the 1st Congressional District since his campaign contribution scandal, NH1 News has learned.
The congressman’s chief of staff Jay Ruais told NH1 News on Monday that Guinta will hold a town hall Saturday at 10:30am at the Gilman Library in Alton.
Ruais says this is ninth town hall Guinta’s held since returning to Congress in January. But it’s his first since May, when the Federal Election Commission fined Guinta $15,000 and ordered he repay his 2010 campaign $355,000 he received from an account under his parents’ financial control.
Guinta used the money in the 2010 cycle to win a hard fought multi-candidate GOP primary, and then to defeat Democratic incumbent Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in the general election for the state's 1st Congressional District. In a report made public, the FEC declared the donation excessive and illegal, fining Guinta $15,000 and ordering him to repay the entire donation.
Guinta has insisted he did nothing wrong and that the money in his parent’s account was his, showing NH1 News and other news organizations financial documents that he said proved the funds belonged to him.
Some top Granite State Republicans, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte, state Senate President Chuck Morse, state House Speaker Shawn Jasper, and Executive Councilor Chris Sununu called on Guinta to resign after the agreement between Guinta and the FEC was made public.
And New Hampshire GOP Chair Jennifer Horn wrote a letter to the state party’s executive committee saying that that Guinta “has clearly been untruthful.”
Guinta has repeatedly said he’s not resigning, adding that “I am committed to my job.” And in the past couple of weeks he’s begun sending out fundraising emails for a possible re-election bid. Guinta could face multiple primary challenges if he runs for re-election next year.