After Attending Stimulus Funded Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Tea Party Rep. Dismisses Stimulus Money

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Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH)

CONWAY, New Hampshire — Less than a year after attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new stimulus funded infrastructure project in New Hampshire, Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) derided the Recovery Act, telling constituents at a debate to ask “if that stimulus helped them.”

The freshman congressman attended and spoke at a dedication of a new airport access road in Manchester last November, despite campaigning against the recovery package in his 2010 congressional campaign. Watch the video here.

However, when Guinta was asked at a debate Thursday how he could oppose the stimulus when it saved the country from a repeat of the Great Depression, he was flippant: “Ask our small business owners right here in the Conway area if the stimulus bill has provided more predictability for them or if it has been more challenging for them”:

MODERATOR: Wouldn’t we have been gambling with a great collapse as occurred during the 30s if we had not passed the stimulus bill?

GUINTA: The 30s and this economy are very, very different, number one. […] For 43 consecutive months, we have had unemployment in this country over 8 percent. Try talking to somebody in the middle class who’s been looking for a job for more than 6 months, who’s struggling to pay their bills, and ask them if that stimulus helped them. Ask our small business owners right here in the Conway area if the stimulus bill has provided more predictability for them or if it has been more challenging for them.

Watch it:

The Conway area alone received more than $2.2 million in the stimulus, with money going to projects ranging from construction and infrastructure to local school districts. New Hampshire as a whole received more than $986 million to fund more than 1,400 projects.

Guinta has a history of stimulus hypocrisy, decrying the recovery package while at the same time attending ribbon-cutting ceremonies. He was even called a “grandstander” by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) after he complained as mayor of Manchester that stimulus funds weren’t arriving quickly enough.

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