After John DiStaso left the Union Leader for the now defunct New Hampshire Journal, Drew Cline began writing a weekly political column.
This week’s, which came out yesterday, is titled Drew “Frank Guinta victimized the very people who supported him -”
The column is described and placed in context quite pithily by this tweet from AP’s Kathleen Ronayne:
Hence the title of this post.
As for Cline’s column, he blames the continued GOP support for Guinta -presumably he has in mind the NH1 poll putting it at over 60 percent– on the hoi polloi not really being deep thinkers and just being familiar with Guinta:
IN ORCHESTRATING Virginia’s ratification of the Constitution, James Madison spent weeks recruiting Gov. Edmund Randolph, who had waffled between the Federalist and Anti-Federalist positions. He reasoned that he needed the well-known Randolph because people’s views on ratification “will be governed by those with whom they happen to have acquaintance.”
Cline goes on to pronounce, “On social media in the past week, there was little that would pass as a defense of Guinta’s behavior … .” But as I have pointed out, after July, 2010 the money could have gone to a Super-PAC to support Guinta, so we are talking at most about a technical violation of the election laws. And Cleta Mitchell, Guinta’s lawyer, has argued that even if you assume the money was Guinta’s parents, restricting contributions from Guinta’s parents would have been unconstitutional. Cline does not address either point.
Instead he argues that the sum and substance of the “defense” is “the argument that Republicans must stand up for Republicans as Democrats so often stand up for Democrats … [which] is a mystifying position for New Hampshire Republicans, for they, not Democrats, are the victims of Guinta’s transgressions.”
More specifically, Cline asserts that the money in issue won the primary for Guinta:
Recall that in 2010 Republicans had three credible candidates for Congress: Frank Guinta, Rich Ashooh, and Sean Mahoney. Guinta fueled his primary victory with the illegal campaign loan. He deposited the last of the $355,000 into his campaign account only four days before the primary. The money bought ads that helped him eke out a narrow victory of 2,819 votes.
There is no way of knowing that. At best, at best, this contention is purely speculative.
The Third Crusade ended when Richard the Lionheart realized that despite the Crusaders military successes they would be unable to expel Saladin from Jerusalem. Richard and Saladin reached an accord that left Jerusalem in Saladin’s control but allowed Christians to pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Unlike the Lionheart the Union Leader will not accept that it cannot force Guinta out of Congress.