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Friday, August 15, 2014

Lambert’s first TV ad slams Garcia for supporting amnesty

CONCORD – Republican congressional candidate Gary Lambert, of Nashua, accuses primary rival Marilinda Garcia of backing amnesty for illegal immigrants in an TV attack ad that begins airing today.

Garcia’s campaign quickly responded calling the ad “dishonest” and typical of the “usual lies and exaggeration” from Lambert since the primary race began. ...

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CONCORD – Republican congressional candidate Gary Lambert, of Nashua, accuses primary rival Marilinda Garcia of backing amnesty for illegal immigrants in an TV attack ad that begins airing today.

Garcia’s campaign quickly responded calling the ad “dishonest” and typical of the “usual lies and exaggeration” from Lambert since the primary race began.

Lambert chose to split his first, paid introduction to television viewers on WMUR-TV in two – half a summary of his biography, but the other half a withering assault on Garcia regarding immigration reform.

“Marilinda Garcia for amnesty; Garcia endorsed Obama’s amnesty plan giving citizenship to illegals,” the announcer in Lambert’s ad states.

“Obama and Garcia: Two liberals for amnesty. Too liberal for us.”

As evidence, Lambert pointed to a 2013 resolution Garcia had co-authored as a member of the Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

“As the record clearly shows, Marilinda Garcia supports amnesty for illegal immigrants,” Lambert said.

“Representative Garcia sponsored a National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators resolution with 1 Republican and 12 Democrats which called for legalizing the undocumented population. If that’s not amnesty, I don’t know what is.”

A spokesman for Garcia denied the resolution supported amnesty.

On the campaign trail, Garcia has opposed federal legislation giving permanent citizenship to anyone who is living in this country illegally.

“It is telling that instead of introducing himself to New Hampshire voters, Gary Lambert is using his first television ad to tear down a fellow Republican candidate, using his usual lies and exaggerations to do so,” said Kenny Cunningham, spokesman for Garcia.

“Marilinda Garcia does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants. Gary Lambert’s attempt to suggest otherwise is dishonest. He appears willing to say or do anything to get elected.

“Just like Barack Obama, he wants to use this issue for political purposes instead of putting real solutions on the table.”

Garcia favored the resolution to promote compromise on Capitol Hill to reform immigration laws, Cunningham said.

“`She believes the fact that millions of people are in the U.S. illegally, making money, not paying taxes, and often receiving taxpayer funded benefits, is a real problem,” the Garcia campaign said in its response.

“Figuring out how to deal with this problem, starting with getting them to pay their taxes, is her goal.”

The resolution Garcia signed called for Congress and the President to adopt comprehensive immigration reform by the end of 2013.

“WHEREAS, we implore our elected representatives to collaborate until they pass a meaningful solution before the end of the year that includes a path to citizenship and a truthful framework that recognizes the reality of many industries throughout our nation in desperate need of workers of all different levels of skill,” it stated.

The resolution also called for stiffer actions to secure the nation’s border and better federal enforcement of existing laws against American employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants.

Lambert’s campaign paid roughly $20,000 for nearly a week’s air time on WMUR and hasn’t ruled out extending the buy beyond that point, a campaign official said.

Former state Rep. Jim Lawrence of Hudson is the third, major Republican in this Sept. 9 primary. Lawrence has said the back-and-forth attacks from the Garcia and Lambert campaigns.

The winner faces first-term Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster.

Kevin Landrigan can reached at 321-7040 or klandrigan@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Landrigan on Twitter (@Klandrigan).