TUESDAY, Aug. 19
CONCORD — As Gary Lambert and Marilinda Garcia prepared to meet in a debate at Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday evening, the Lambert campaign asked exactly when did Garcia leave the centrist immigration advocacy group Americans By Choice.
The group, featured in our Granite Reports column last weekend, is in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. Lambert has been accusing Garcia of being pro-“amnesty,” something she and her campaign say are lies.
Although we reported that Garcia left the group to pursue her candidacy, the Lambert campaign late this afternoon produced a screen shot of the Americans By Choice web site from Aug. 9. At that time, she was still listed among the board members.
Her name is no longer on the site.
“It begs the question,” said Lambert campaign manager Josh Davidson, “Is Marilinda Garcia truly opposed to amnesty or is she denying her true record for political expediency? When did she resign her membership in this group?”
The Garcia campaign did not dispute the point that her name had been on the website, but said that she has “not been actively involved in this group for very long time and is focused on her campaigns.” Her campaign also pointed out that members of the board differ in opinion on different issues related to immigration and that she is not in favor of amnesty.
Shaheen’s new ad focuses on child care tax credits
CONCORD – Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s latest television ad touts her work to expand child care tax credits.
“It’s hard to keep up with kids; even harder to keep up with rising costs, like childcare,” Shaheen says in the ad. “I’m working to change that. My bill would increase tax credits for childcare and could save families thousands of dollars. Savings could more than double for some.”
According to the Shaheen campaign, her “Helping Working Families Afford Childcare Act,” expands access to the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit “by increasing the amount of eligible expenses families can receive a tax credit for.” The bill would double the tax credits working families can currently receive and indexes them for inflation to guarantee the new limits don’t lose value over time, the campaign says.
Shaheen on Monday was joined by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar for a discussion of economic issues affecting women in New Hampshire. Her campaign said she took questions from more than 60 Portsmouth area residents.
“For more than two decades, I have worked to make a difference in the lives of women and their families here in New Hampshire,” said Shaheen in a statement. “That means fighting for equal pay for equal work, supporting women owned small businesses, expanding childcare tax credits, making college more affordable, and ensuring that women’s health decisions are made between women and their doctors – not their employers or the government — and that women can get health insurance for the care they need. These are pocketbook issues that have a real impact on family budgets.”
Fiorina hosts tele-town hall, to return to NH Sept. 20
CONCORD — The Unlocking Potential Project, aimed at rallying Republican women to become active in the current campaign, hosted a telephone town hall with New Hampshire activists on Tuesday night.
According to a participant, the call focused on “organizing and arming folks to push back on the Democrats’ war on women rhetoric. Hundreds were on the line.”
Fiornia is scheduled to return to New Hampshire on Sept. 20 to keynote the state Republican Party convention at Southern New Hampshire University and conduct a panel discussion on messaging and a training seminar at SNHU later that day.
Politico: Brown to give speech in California in October
According to Politico Pro, Scott Brown will give “what is almost certainly a paid speech, a very unusual move,” a month before Election Day.
Brown will appear with former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman on Oct. 1 in the San Francisco Bay area at the Lesher Center for the Arts.
“Scott Brown is leaving the campaign trail in New Hampshire just weeks before the election to collect a paycheck—it’s that simple,” said state Democratic Party spokesman Julie McClain. “We don’t know who is paying him and what’s expected in return, but if history is any indication, Brown’s commitment to those who line his bank account is as strong as ever.”
Brown was criticized by Democrats over a May trip to Las Vegas to speak at a hedge fund conference.
CONCORD – The conservative/libertarian-leaning Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire on Tuesday endorsed State Senate candidates Tim Condon, Jane Cormier, Regina Birdsell, J.P. Marzullo and Steve Kenda who it said are staunchly opposed to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion.
“In recent years a growing handful of establishment Republicans have managed to get elected to the state legislature through false pretenses. Some have masqueraded as fiscally conservative – signing pledges not to raise taxes and then immediately voting for bloated government spending once elected. They have hidden their true views from voters long enough,” said Aaron Day, RLCNH chairman.
RLCNH noted that of the eight Republicans who either voted for Obamacare Medicaid expansion, or abstained, three have already retired or decided not to seek reelection: Peter Bragdon, Bob Odell, and Jim Rausch.
“The current incumbents David Boutin, Nancy Stiles, Jeanie Forrester and establishment picks Frank Sapareto, Jerry Little, and Jim Foley all represent politics-as-usual: content to tax and spend with impunity, and at the peril of future generations,” RLCNH said.
Ashooh, Rolecek back Adams for Executive Council
CONCORD – Republican District 4 Executive Council candidate Jim Adams on Tuesday was endorsed by two business leaders from the Manchester area: Rich Ashooh and Chuck Rolecek of Bedford.
Adams is facing Bob Burns in a primary for the right to face incumbent Democrat Chris Pappas in the general election.
Ashooh, an executive at BAE Systems, is a former congressional candidate, while Rolecek was unsuccessful in a bid for the same Executive Council seat in 2012.
Perry on the way
CONCORD – As the New Hampshire Journal reported on Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry intends to come to New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday despite being indicted on charges related to his veto of the budget of an agency in his state whose head was convicted of drunk driving.
Prosecutors allege that Perry abused his powers by calling on Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after she was arrested for and pleaded guilty to drunk driving in April 2013. When she did not step down, Perry vetoed the $7.5 million in funding for her office.
Perry has denounced the charges, “unequivocally” defended his veto quand on Tuesday, his political action committee, “RickPAC,” released a video that showed Lemberg being arrested, booked and being restrained by police.
The state Republican Party has praised Perry and called the charges “ridiculous,” but the Democratic National Committee has criticized Perry and said the grand jury probe was nonpartisan.