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After three heated elections in the 1st Congressional District, Republican Frank Guinta  and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter are familiar with each other, and each other’s criticisms. The two candidates certainly don’t agree on much.

But this fourth time around, they may have found some common ground in opposing the newcomer to the race, Shawn O’Connor, a Bedford businessman who pitched himself during Thursday's debate on WMUR as the middle ground.

For the fourth straight election, voters in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District will see the same two names on their ballots: Frank Guinta and Carol Shea-Porter.

The political rivals have traded the seat every two years since 2010, a testament to how evenly split the district is between Republicans and Democrats. But some voters are getting tired of the endless sequels.


Down in the polls, low on cash and deeply unpopular, Rep. Frank Guinta could use all the help he can get defending his 1st District Congressional seat.

But, adding insult to injury, the incumbent has been all but abandoned by the Republican party’s major lifeline for House candidates. 

You might've caught our hour-long interview with Congressman Frank Guinta, the Republican incumbent running to hold onto his seat in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Before Guinta joined The Exchange in NHPR's studios, we caught up with him on the way up to our sixth-floor newsroom to get his pitch for why — in his view — voters should get behind his campaign.

NH1 News

At Monday night’s 1st Congressional District debate hosted by NH1 News, two familiar foes were joined by a newcomer to the race.

Incumbent Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter are no strangers to voters in the 1st District; this marks the fourth consecutive race where they’ll both be on the ballot.

So voters by now are used to hearing them square off on the issues, as they did Monday night on the topic of term limits.

Guinta says he supports the idea; Shea-Porter disagrees.

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Ahead of our recent forum with Congressman Frank Guinta, we asked you to let us know what issues you wanted to hear him discuss.

While we weren’t able to get to all of your suggestions during the forum, we did ask Guinta about his views on campaign finance regulations.

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Hours after a 2005 recording of Donald Trump was made public last week, in which the Republican presidential nominee boasted in explicit terms about groping women, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu issued a one-sentence statement:  “Mr. Trump’s comments are repugnant, unacceptable and offensive.”

But when it comes to supporting Trump as president, Sununu’s campaign says nothing has changed. He still plans to back Trump as the Republican party’s nominee.

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After Tuesday’s primary election, both parties’ tickets for November are now officially in place. On Wednesday, the state’s GOP leaders gathered for a “unity breakfast” and got one major call to action: stand with the man who will be at the top of their lineup: Donald Trump. Their first chance was last night, at a rally Trump held in Laconia.


Michael Brindley

Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Sununu was among the high-profile Republicans who called on 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta to step down last year in the wake of a $355,000 campaign finance violation. 

Now, Sununu says he no longer holds that position, even though the facts of the case remain the same.

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Congressman Frank Guinta looked relieved when Republicans gathered at the Bedford Village Inn for their post-primary unity breakfast Wednesday.

And for good reason. 

Cheryl Senter, NHPR

Republican Rich Ashooh has conceded to incumbent Frank Guinta in their primary in the state's 1st Congressional District.

With 96 percent reporting, Guinta leads Ashooh by 661 votes, or about 1 percent of the vote. 

Wednesday morning, Ashooh issued a statement, saying that despite the close margin, "I am conceding this race to my opponent so that the Republican ticket may immediately position itself for victory in November." 

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For Congressman Frank Guinta and his supporters, it turned out to be a long primary night, as results in the contest between Guinta and challenger Rich Ashooh proved too close to call.

About 50 Guinta supporters gathered at Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester, eating wings and downing beers as they watched the returns come in on TV screens above the bar.

The room of die-hard supporters was optimistic for Guinta’s chances, but as the returns began to show just how close the race was, Steve Miller of Merrimack nervously made a prediction.

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The Congressional race for New Hampshire’s 1st District was a nail biter between Republican Rich Ashooh and incumbent Frank Guinta.

Guinta's headquarters Tuesday night was at Murphy's Taproom in Manchester. Meanwhile just down the road Ashooh held his at the Italian restaurant Fratello's.

 

 

Frank Guinta knew his well-documented violations of federal campaign finance law would come up last night. And he came prepared, so much so that he raised the issue himself, just seconds into the debate.

 

"Unfortunately during the next 60 minutes, my opponent, who is a carrier lobbyist will try to impugn my integrity and personally attack me and my family and tell you that I haven’t done anything for the people of New Hampshire."

Allegra Boverman

Congressman Frank Guinta is running for re-election to New Hampshire’s first district, but he faces a tough primary fight with defense industry executive Republican Rich Ashooh.  Guinta spoke with NHPR’s All Things Considered host Peter Biello about his policy ideas. 

Let’s start with the state’s opioid crisis. More than four hundred overdose deaths in New Hampshire last year. That number may exceed 500 this year. What would you do to reverse this trend?

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In their first primary debate Wednesday morning, Republican Congressional candidate Rich Ashooh and incumbent Frank Guinta sparred over Guinta’s campaign finance violations.

During the debate on WGIR, Ashooh said voters should be concerned about the $355,000 in illegal contributions Guinta’s parents made to his campaign committee in 2010.

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On the Political Front is our occasional check-in with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers.

Welcome to opioid week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

That’s what House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has dubbed it. Members of Congress received word late last week, as they wrapped up their brief recess, that opiate-related legislation will go to the House floor this week. Details are still emerging; but this week promises to be a major step for the work of New England lawmakers on the issue.

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The previously crowded Republican primary for New Hampshire's First Congressional District shrunk yet again on Monday, as State Rep. Pam Tucker announced plans to suspend her campaign.

Republican Congressman Frank Guinta is facing a fresh obstacle in his quest to keep his seat: The formation of an outside money group to back one of his rivals.

Republican businessman Rich Ashooh is the benefactor of a newly formed super PAC, which can raise unlimited sums of money from individuals. The group's financial backers aren't yet known, but Matt Mowers, a former executive director of the state GOP, is helping run it.

Allegra Boverman

 

A new poll shows only 4 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District say they would definitely vote to re-elect Republican Frank Guinta in the wake of his campaign finance scandal, though fewer voters are totally ruling him out.

The Federal Election Commission last May concluded Guinta broke the law by accepting $355,000 in donations from his parents in 2010. Guinta maintains his only mistake was improperly reporting money that was rightfully his because he managed a "family pot" of money.

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The National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, is bringing together lawmakers, health providers, academics, and other national leaders to figure out what can be done to curb the abuse of opioids. New Hampshire Congressman Frank Guinta spoker earlier today at the summit as part of a panel of lawmakers dealing with drug abuse in their states, and he joined All Things Considered to talk about it. 

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Congressman Frank Guinta has introduced legislation that denies bonuses to senior VA executives who fail to deliver timely care to veterans.
 Guinta says the Veterans Administration Bonus Elimination Act would provide an incentive for VA hospital executives to schedule appointments within thirty days of a veteran’s request for one.
 Thirty days is the VA benchmark spelled out in the Veterans Choice law passed in 2014. 

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Both of New Hampshire’s Congressional representatives voted Thursday in favor of a bill to add extra screening steps for refugees resettling the United States from Syria and Iraq.

Rep. Annie Kuster, a Democrat, was one of 47 members of her party who sided with 242 Republicans to pass the bill.

Emily Corwin / NHPR

Earlier this month, Dan Innis announced his candidacy for the congressional seat held by embattled Republican Frank Guinta. If he wins, Innis could become the nation’s first openly gay Republican elected to Congress.

Innis says for fellow New Hampshire Republicans, being gay hasn't been a problem. It’s his liberal and gay friends who have had the strongest reaction -- to his political affiliation. 

Jason Meserve, NHPR

An NHPR interview with Congressman Frank Guinta.

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Congressman Frank Guinta and Congresswoman Ann Kuster are crossing the aisle in an effort to tackle New Hampshire’s opioid epidemic.

In a roundtable event in Concord on Friday the two lawmakers talked about their new bill aimed to bring more federal dollars for substance abuse treatment to New Hampshire.

Sharon Morrow

New Hampshire Reps. Annie Kuster and Frank Guinta are hosting a roundtable discussion to help solve the growing heroin epidemic in their home state.

The representatives plan to discuss their Stop the Overdose Problem Already Becoming a Universal Substance Epidemic Act, which they introduced this month. The act proposes a comprehensive approach to treatment and stopping the nationwide heroin epidemic.

Emily Corwin / NHPR

Portsmouth resident Dan Innis announced on Thursday a bid for New Hampshire’s District One seat in Congress. In the primary, Innis will run against incumbent Frank Guinta, who has faced scrutiny after accepting an illegal campaign donation from his parents in 2010.

Dan Innis was a close second to Guinta in the 2014 Republican primary. He is the former dean of UNH’s Paul College of Business, and sums up his politics like this:

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State Rep. Pam Tucker of Greenland is exploring a run for Congress in the 1st District, potentially setting up a three-way Republican primary.

Tucker, a four-term representative, says she wants to break gridlock and focus on "reining in the excesses of a bloated federal government."

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