Frank Guinta Lied About His Student Loans

Kudos to Ben Leubsdorf of the Monitor for tracking down the key moment in the debate:

She asked Guinta if he got student loans to attend college.

“No. I did not. . . . I went to Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. I did not use any school loans to go to Assumption,” he said.

On his financial disclosure form, a link to which was distributed to news media by the state Democratic Party following the debate, he lists a “school loan” liability from the NHHEAF Network for himself, pegged at between $15,001 and $50,000. (A second school loan is listed for his wife.)

“Frank Guinta correctly said he did not receive any student loans to attend Assumption College,” said campaign spokesman Brett Bosse in a statement e-mailed later in the day that didn’t address Guinta’s studies to earn a master’s degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

Let’s be clear here.  Guinta’s sleazy trick by selectively adding Assumption at the end doesn’t change the fact that he lied to the public about whether or not he took out student loans. Leaving out part of the truth is still lying.

He lied. To the public. About the positive role government played in his life.

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  • Kathy Sullivan 2

    The question was too complicated for him. “you had student loans, didn’t you?” “no.” When forced to explain, the response, “it was a trick question.  How was I supposed to know ‘student’ means attending school?”

    This is why a friend of mine used to call him “mayor meathead.”

  • Chaz Proulx

    It’s amazing too that at the Union Leader online, some right wingers are defending Guinta’s hair splitting.

    But the fact that the Union Leader ran with the story is encouraging—I’m even going to buy a print copy!

    The general public doesn’t like hair splitting.

    Give Frank more rope.

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