CONCORD – In a new digital ad today, Republican 2nd District congressional hopeful Marilinda Garcia will bring up an uncomfortable topic for Democratic U.S. Rep. Anne Kuster – her admitted failure to pay about $40,000 in property taxes on time over a three-year period.
When the issue arose in 2013, Kuster quickly paid what at that point was about $11,000 in past due bills and apologized.
She later said that while she came from an affluent family, “Life is expensive, and it caught up to us. So look, I apologize. I can’t change what happened. I regret that it happened.”
Even at the time, it became clear that the delinquent taxes would become an issue in her reelection bid in 2014.
And today, Garcia, in a digital ad, raises the issue, noting that when Kuster was delinquent, she was a lobbyist with an income of about $200,000.
“Ann Kuster likes spending your taxes but doesn’t like paying hers,” the narrator in the ad says.
Kuster, who has vastly out-raised Garcia so far in the election cycle, began airing a negative ad last week that portrays Garcia as a candidate with “a Tea Party agenda that is just too extreme.” The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began airing its own ad, with a similar message, earlier this week.
The Garcia campaign says it will air its ad digitally web initially and expects to eventually add a television buy.
View the Garcia ad below.