Jun 3, 2015 10:52 PM
Steinhauser: Guinta's mother stands by her son; Ayotte reiterates call for Guinta to step down
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – The mother of Rep. Frank Guinta says that she and the embattled GOP congressman are on the same page when it comes to an illegal $355,000 loan from a family account that Guinta used to help boost his first election to the U.S. House, according to statement released Wednesday.
“It is from the money he generated for this account, that the loan was made,” said Ginny Guinta in the statement given to NH1 News by a top aide to the congressman.
The release of the statement from came one day after the Federal Election Commission reported that Guinta’s mother provided them with information that undercut the congressman’s persistent claim that the funds he received from an account in his parent’s name was his own money.
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. The FEC declared the donation excessive and illegal, fining Guinta $15,000 and ordering him to repay the entire donation.
In the statement released Wednesday, Ginny Guinta said “as records demonstrate, Frank worked to contribute and generate funds into this family account. In addition to his father and me, he was the only other member of our family with a deep knowledge of these finances. It was due to his astute financial input, coupled with a tremendous amount of sweat equity that our family funds grew over time.”
“It is from the money he generated for this account, that the loan was made, and it was always understood that this was his money to do with as he saw fit. There is no contradiction in our family or differences of opinion. We respect his work in service to the people of New Hampshire and are proud of how he has handled the situation,” added Ginny Guinta.
New call from Ayotte for Guinta to resign
Some top Granite State Republicans, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte and state Senate President Chuck Morse, called on Guinta to resign two weeks ago, after the agreement between Guinta and the FEC was first made public. But last week nearly 100 Guinta supporters publicly backed the congressman in a full page ad in the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Wendesday evening, Ayotte stood by her original call for Guinta to step down, saying "while I understand that some members of my party disagree, the newly released records and FEC findings against Congressman Guinta are damning.”
"He has lost the trust of the people of New Hampshire, and it’s past time for him to do the right thing and resign,” she added.