May 18, 2015 12:57 PM

NH1 Political Pulse: Ayotte calls on Guinta to resign

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CONCORD - Sen. Kelly Ayotte Monday urged embattled Rep. Frank Guinta to resign.

“Congressman Guinta must make his own decision about whether to resign, but if I were in his position, that’s what I would do,” Ayotte said in a statement regarding Guinta, a fellow Republican who’s come under fire since last week after the Federal Election Commission reported that the congressman broke campaign finance laws in the 2010 election.
Guinta says he has no intention of resigning and believes he'll be able to convince voters that a $355,000 in loans came from money that was his.
“I feel that once all the questions are answered, we can put this matter behind us, the settlement is behind me and I can continue focusing on what people elected me to do,'' Guinta told NH1 News after showing documents about his assets.
The FEC ordered that Guinta pay a $15,000 fine and repay $355,000 in campaign contributions.
The New Hampshire GOP Chair Jennifer Horn put out a statement Monday saying “the situation involving Congressman Guinta is serious and extremely troubling. I intend to bring this issue up for discussion at tonight's meeting of the NHGOP Executive Committee and have asked the Congressman or a senior representative of his team to join us and address questions that our members have about his campaign finances."
Guinta, who represents the state’s 1st Congressional District, has been apologizing since last week for incorrectly filing a disclosure form five years ago but insisted the only money loaned to his 2010 campaign was his own.
Friday, during his first broadcast interview on the controversy with NH1 Political Director Paul Steinhauser, Guinta said the bank account controlled by his parents is meant for him and have 40 years of records to prove his point.
“I utilized a loan from my portion of that account in the 2010 campaign and I have documents and records going back to the mid 1970’s that show the dollars that I contributed,’’ Guinta said.
Monday, Steinhauser and NH1 News Chief Political Correspondent Kevin Landrigan sat down with Guinta to look at those records.
``What we are talking about is money I generated into a family account. My name was not on the account but these were my funds,'' Guinta said.
The congressman acknowledged the documents shown did not add up to much more than $100,000 but said his deposits were made years ago and that gained sufficient interest income.


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