May 28. 2015 8:56PM

Shea-Porter breaks silence on Guinta scandal

Staff Report


Then-incumbent Rep. Frank Guinta, R-NH, and Democrat challenger Carol-Shea-Porter are shown during a 2012 debate at St. Anselm College. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER FILE)

In a strongly worded letter to supporters Thursday, former N.H. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter called on embattled Rep. Frank Guinta to resign while hinting she may run again.

“Guinta broke the law, used illegal funds in his campaign, and proceeded to lie and cheat for five years,” she wrote in the email sent Thursday afternoon.

Guinta was fined $15,000 for illegally taking $355,000 in campaign contributions from his parents during the 2010 election cycle. It was the first time he beat Shea-Porter.

Year later, during a televised debate before their third election matchup in 2014, Guinta said he had been cleared by the Federal Election Commission. He later said he misspoke. Guinta’s campaign also ran television ads claiming he was “100% cleared” and in “full compliance” with federal election law, calling Shea-Porter a liar for making it an issue during the campaign.

“This is not a partisan issue — it’s a matter of integrity, honesty and trust,” Shea-Porter said Thursday. “I agree with Republican United States Senator Ayotte, the Republican leaders of the NH House and NH Senate, and others that Guinta must resign now.”

Guinta has said he has no plans to resign and will run for re-election.