May 28, 2015 10:46 AM
Supporters rally to Congressman Guinta's side even as he dips in the polls
CONCORD - Even as his poll numbers slide, Congressman Frank Guinta, R-NH, has supporters rallying on his behalf for him to resist further calls to resign.
Nearly 100 backers endorsed the simple message with a full-page newspaper ad that appeared in the New Hampshire Union Leader today: "We support Congressman Frank Guinta."
Supporters include State Sen. Sam Cataldo, R-Farmington, ex-Franklin Mayor Tony Giunta, Judy Havenstein, the wife of GOP nominee for governor Walt Havenstein, State Reps. Al Baldarsaro, R-Londonderry and Ken Weyler, R-Kingston, and longtime veteran activist Paul Chevalier of Hudson.
The group created a hashtag, #standwithGuinta.
Meanwhile, a University of New Hampshire poll found Guinta’s standing among likely voters slipping since the controversy over his having to pay a fine for taking excessive campaign donations from his parents in the 2010 campaign.
The poll done for WMUR-TV done over a 16-day period found 36 percent were favorable about Guinta and 29 percent unfavorable prior to the campaign finance sanction becoming public.
Once it did and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, said Guinta should resign, the numbers flipped with 49 percent unfavorable towards Guinta with 20 percent having a favorable opinion of him.
Guinta has said he has no intentions of stepping down and says over time residents will accept his claim that much of the money held in an account controlled by his parents was really his.