Former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter says she is ready to win back the seat she lost to Republican Frank Guinta now that the Federal Election Commission has found that he accepted illegal campaign donations from his parents.
The case involves $355,000 that Guinta reported lending himself in 2010. He ran ads calling Shea-Porter a liar and denied the money came from his parents, but the FEC said recently it did.
In an email to supporters Thursday, Shea-Porter says Guinta lied for five years and should resign. She also says she stands ready to reclaim the seat and restore integrity to the First Congressional District office.
Shea-Porter, a Democrat, served for two terms before Guinta defeated her in 2010. She won in 2012, only to lose to him again last November.