Steinhauser: National Democrats hit Guinta on college affordability
CONCORD - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting Rep. Frank Guinta in paid ads over what they say are his moves to make it harder for students to afford college.
Guinta is one of 15 Republican House member who face challenging re-elections next year who getting hit by the ads, which are appearing in campus newspapers this week. The House is currently on a two week recess away from Washington.
The paid ad that the DCCC is launching against Guinta will appear in publications at the University of New Hampshire, which is located in the state's 1st Congressional District, which Guinta represents.
"Last week, Congressman Frank Guinta made it harder for you to pay for school. Call Rep. Guinta and ask him why he's against making college more affordable," reads the print ad.
"The Republicans made a clear statement of their priorities by casting votes that would make it more expensive for young people to attend college - priorities that stand in stark contrast to Democrats," said Ben Ray Luján, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "We will be using the first week of Congress's April recess to remind voters just how out of touch Republicans are on college affordability."
Guinta's office responded to the ad.
"Congressman Guinta is committed to not only making college more affordable, but to also fixing a central problem, which remains the lack of good, well-paying jobs awaiting students upon graduation.
He'll continue to support measures that lower interest rates on student loans and facilitate opportunities to connect recent graduates with local job creators and small businesses," Guinta chief of staff Jay Ruais told NH1 News. "It is unfortunate that Democrats keep going back to their stale standbys of more government spending and more regulations, which ultimately saddle students with more loan debt and fewer job opportunities to pay it off."
Guinta, a former Manchester mayor, was first elected to the House in 2010, defeating Democratic incumbent Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. She beat him in a 2012 rematch, winning her old seat back, but he returned the favor in 2014. He could face a difficult re-election next year, thanks in part to a more pro-Democratic audience.