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Gov. Hassan Doubts Guinta Can Still Effectively Represent N.H. Residents

Allegra Boverman for NHPR
Frank Guinta talks with NHPR's Laura Knoy last fall.

Governor Maggie Hassan is questioning whether Congressman Frank Guinta can still do his job after settling with the Federal Elections Commission over illegal campaign donations. 

Last week Guinta agreed to pay back the more than $355,000 he used from his parents to fund his 2010 campaign. He must also pay a $15,000 fine.

Hassan joins  House Speaker Shawn Jasper, Senate President Chuck Morse and U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte in questioning Guinta’s ability to legislate.

"I think there is serious issues of trust and honesty here, raised by this situation. And again I think he needs to consider whether he can effectively serve his constituents. I think there is a great deal of consensus that it will be very difficult for him to do that," told NHPR at the State House.

Guinta has repeatedly said the money was his and that he will not resign.

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