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Club For Growth Spends Big On GOP Rising Star In Tough Race

Club for Growth Action is dropping $750,000 on behalf of New Hampshire GOP congressional candidate and “taxpayer hero” Marilinda Garcia in a new TV and mailing campaign.

In the 30-second spot, which will begin airing in the district Tuesday, the conservative group accuses Garcia’s Democratic opponent Ann “Annie” Kuster of tax hypocrisy. “What is it with Annie Kuster and taxes?” the ad begins.

“In Washington, she voted to raise a bunch of taxes, even a tax on Christmas trees,” the narrator continues. “In New Hampshire, she helped lead an organization that pushed for a state income tax.”

“But Kuster was delinquent on her own property taxes — forty thousand dollars.”

Shortly after she was sworn in as New Hampshire’s 2nd district’s representative, Kuster was hammered for failing to keep up on property tax bills near $40,000. She paid about $11,000 to get the accounts current at the time, and issued a brief statement:

“Our property taxes are paid in full with interest to the Town of Hopkinton. Payment for our rental property in Jackson is en route. I regret the delay and apologize for any inconvenience. All future tax payments will be delivered promptly.”

Kuster later defended herself in an interview, saying there’s no excuse and she regrets the mistake, but “Life’s expensive, and it caught up to us.” She and her husband had disclosed more than $2 million in financial assets.

Kuster was expected to be a shoo-in as an incumbent in a district that voted for Barack Obama twice — a number of recent polls show her with a substantial lead in the race. But a WMUR/University of New Hampshire October poll shows Garcia with a small lead.

Garcia’s widely considered a rising star in the GOP, at just 31 years old, and has been characterized by Kuster as an extreme conservative. “Marilinda Garcia’s positions are simply too extreme for New Hampshire,” Kuster’s spokeswoman told  an ABC affiliate.

“From wanting to completely abolish the Department of Education, to opposing the Violence Against Women Act and a woman’s right to choose, to voting to privatize Social Security, her policies would be devastating for hardworking Granite State families across the board.”

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