Thursday, August 20, 2009

Frank Guinta Mayor of Manchester NH Eyes Congressional Run

CQ Politics notes that Frank Guinta is likely to run against Carol Shea Porter for the first Congressional seat of New Hampshire.

New Hampshire: Guinta Files to Run in Shea-Porter's Congressional District

Republican Frank Guinta, mayor of Manchester, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run in New Hampshire's 1st District.

Guinta recently announced he would not seek re-election as mayor and was mulling a run for federal office in 2010. But Guinta has not publicly announced whether he will run for the open Senate seat or for the 1st Congressional District seat.

Guinta's advisor, Mike Biundo, stressed Friday that the mayor has yet to make an official announcement, adding that one is expected in the coming week.

As mayor of the state's largest city, Guinta's name has often been at the top of Republicans' lists of prospective candidates for higher office.

"Frank Guinta's proven record of protecting taxpayer dollars provides a clear contrast to the reckless Washington spending that has been rubber-stamped by Carol Shea-Porter at the expense of New Hampshire families," Paul Lindsay, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement Friday. "While this has been a traditionally challenging state for Republicans in recent elections, an established community leader like Guinta has the ability to bridge party lines and once again give New Hampshire the representation it deserves."

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