Mayor Guinta staying Mayor Guinta (and not Gov. Guinta)
Unfortunately, we just received the following note. Can the Republicans find a new candidate with a chance against Gov. Lynch?
Mayor Frank Guinta Sticks With Manchester; Suspends Gubernatorial Efforts for 2008
March 26, 2008, Manchester, NH - Despite months of significant encouragement and pledges of support, Mayor Frank Guinta today announced his continued dedication to the city of Manchester and his decision to suspend gubernatorial exploration efforts.
Citing a deep commitment to the residents, businesses and taxpayers of Manchester, Mayor Guinta stated he would not run for Governor at this time. "I feel very fortunate and challenged by the many opportunities to be a leader in New Hampshire. We have a great state. The fact that Manchester is heading into uncertain fiscal and economic times necessitates steady leadership and a mayor willing to make tough decisions. This has been weighing heavily on my mind and it's clear I must commit all of my efforts to fulfill the promise I made to hold the line on spending, to run Manchester's government more efficiently, to support public safety, and to continue to encourage economic growth in our great city. People need a strong leader at City Hall and I am prepared and committed to continue in this role," continued Mayor Guinta.
"With the outpouring of such amazing support, I have truly been humbled by this experience. There's no doubt that our message of low taxes, low spending, efficient government and the protection of the New Hampshire Advantage is one that can win," continued Mayor Guinta. "My supporters are incredible believers in keeping New Hampshire special. I thank them for their persistent support."
"This is the most admirable thing he's done yet, " said Mayor Guinta's wife Morgan, "Although I know he'd be an exceptional leader for the State, Manchester needs him. I couldn't be prouder."
As one of the leading tax-fighters in the State, Mayor Guinta will continue to work on preserving New Hampshire's unique advantage, speak to groups state-wide on issues important to all New Hampshire residents, and maintain his Granite State Leadership PAC.
Commenting on Guinta's departure from the race...
Republican State Senator, and gubernatorial candidate, Joe Kenney told PolitickerNH.com he is "disappointed" that Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta has decided not to run for governor.
"I'm disappointed he's not running. I was looking forward to running against him because I think we need to get the Republican message out," said Kenney.
The Wakefield Republican added, "It's an unselfish act. He needs to focus on the business of Manchester."
Kenney brushed aside any suggestion he might dropout if another Republican enters the race.
"We haven't wavered. We've never said we're not running. We have the issues, the message and the campaign to be successful," said Kenney.
Kenney said he will be making an official announcement in late April and is heading down to Washington D.C. next week to meet with potential supporters.