Friday, January 22, 2010

Guinta explains where he came from and where he’s going

Former Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta has both real-world and political experience to take with him to Washington, but first and foremost he will bring the People’s voice, the congressional candidate told a crowd of about 100 voters in Bedford on Thursday.

Since 2000, Guinta has served as a New Hampshire state representative, a Manchester alderman and the Manchester mayor. Before that, he worked for Travelers Insurance and ran his own insurance consulting firm. He has master’s degrees in politics, philosophy and intellectual property.

“I don’t know about people here, but there were no handouts for me or my folks or their folks,” Guinta said. “People worked hard to build their American Dream. And I think we can be a country that can thrive in an environment where a free-market based approach can provide you that American Dream.”

While pursuing his own goals with his wife Morgan and two children, Guinta said he has found it impossible to ignore the level of disrespect members of Congress have toward the American people. Such disrespect had made it harder for Americans to achieve their goals and dreams and has even threatened the nation’s tradition to leave a better world for its children, he said.

“This is not about Republican or Democrat. This is about what people in this state and in this country want out of their Congress,” Guinta said. “Our tour of the district is designed to ensure people know what kind of legislator and representative I would be—open, accessible, forthright.”

The Bedford Town Hall meeting Thursday was the first of six packaged together as part of Guinta’s “Let’s Talk Frank About…” Tour, which will run seven weeks and bring the candidate to 60 stops in 40 communities so he can listen to you. Guinta promised to hold Town Hall meetings regularly with constituents once elected.

All Town Hall events begin at 6 p.m., and will take place in North Conway on January 27, Rochester on February 11, Dover on February 18, Londonderry on Feb. 24 and Wolfeboro on March 3.