Jun 4, 2015 4:07 PM
FULL LETTER: GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn 'no longer believes' Frank Guinta
GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn sent a letter Thursday regarding the Frank Guinta controversy.
Dear Executive Committee,
I have heard from many of you about the release of the full FEC file regarding Congressman Guinta’s 2010 campaign donation controversy. As Chairman, I am acutely aware of my responsibility to all Republicans – from the hundreds of thousands of registered NH Republicans to the thousands of dedicated party activists to our elected Republicans and Republican candidates – and serving as your Chairman is a privilege and a responsibility that I take very seriously.
For the past month I have worked diligently to do what is best for the whole party. I want you to understand that I have kept an open mind and very seriously considered all of the input and insight you have offered. I am grateful for it.
I have reviewed the entire FEC file and, like many of you, I was deeply disappointed after reading the findings and recognizing the obvious contradictions in the Congressman’s evolving explanation.
For five years voters in the First District have tried to make sense of Congressman Guinta’s many explanations for the source of the $355,000 that he “loaned” to his 2010 campaign. Unfortunately, through multiple campaigns, interviews and debates, the Congressman’s explanations simply do not add up.
To be perfectly honest, I no longer believe him.
The recent release of information from the FEC only exposes more contradictions and more unanswered questions. The Congressman has been given ample opportunity to explain himself to his supporters, activists and party leaders. We have done everything we can to give him the benefit of the doubt and to allow him to produce the documentation necessary to reassure us of his truthfulness. He has been unable or unwilling to do so.
Since 2010 we have been told that he cashed in stocks and bonds, that he and his wife had accumulated the money from 20 years of hard work in the private sector before his election as mayor and that this was just a political attack.
Now we are being asked to believe that the funds came from an account in his parents' names that included personal contributions from over a 40 year period that began when he was 4 years old. He still has not acknowledged that he has misled his constituents.
Regardless of where the truth lies, at least at some point, he has clearly been untruthful, and possibly, at every point.
We have new statements that are an attempt to re-write history. In five years he has not completed the paper trail for us. This lack of transparency has eroded my faith and confidence in him as it has with many of you.
I have spoken to Frank personally several times. I have done everything possible to make sense of all of this. But I have come to the conclusion that I simply cannot believe him anymore. Today I contacted Congressman Guinta to inform him that he has lost my trust and I believe that his actions are beneath the honor of his office. This is one of the toughest calls I have had to make as your Chairman.
As a party we believe that our elected representatives of the people must be held to the highest possible standards of integrity – regardless of party affiliation. We cannot selectively ignore our principles.
For the next 18 months we will be fighting against one of the most corrupt political candidates in Hillary Clinton. We cannot criticize her lies and unethical behavior with credibility if we are unwilling to call out members of our own party who have also lied and betrayed the public trust.
Additionally, it’s unfair to the hundreds of other candidates who will run as proud Republicans in 2016 for us to continue to make excuses for somebody who has not been honest. Congressman Guinta has selfishly put us all in an untenable position.
The overarching principle that guides the Executive Committee when confronting elected Republicans who have betrayed the public’s trust is that the people must have the final say. Congressman Guinta is ultimately accountable to the people of New Hampshire’s First District. However it is clear that his credibility has been irreparably damaged. I hope that Frank can recognize this and act accordingly.
I know this is incredibly difficult for all of us. We need to continue to work together, unify our party, and get strong, principled Republicans elected. At every turn I have tried to bring integrity and character to my responsibilities as Chairman. I hope you can see that is exactly what I am trying to do here. I remain deeply grateful for your commitment to the New Hampshire Republican Party and for the friendship and support so many of you have offered as we have navigated these difficult circumstances.
As always, please do not hesitate to call me if you would like to discuss this further in any manner.