Republicans Create Web Ad Attacking Kuster on Property Tax Problems
The ad jokes that she “fits right in” after one month on the job.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has created a new online web advertisement poking fun at the recent property tax problems U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-NH, has had in the past week.
Back on Feb. 4, WMUR-TV broke the news that Kuster and her husband had not only failed to pay taxes on property they owned in Hopkinton and the White Mountains, but that there have been payment over a number of years. The next day, the Kusters paid the Hopkinton taxes, with interest, and later paid the Jackson rental property taxes.
In a statement, the freshman Congresswoman said that all future payments “will be delivered promptly.”
Local Republicans pounced on the story with some calling on her to resign. One potential GOP challenger – former state Sen. Gary Lambert, R-Nashua – called on her to release her tax returns, wondering why a couple with $1.8 million in reported assets was having problems paying; another, former House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, pointed out the purported hypocrisy of Kuster advocating for higher taxes while not paying her own.
A number of media outlets – including the Concord Monitor, which endorsed Kuster in 2012 against U.S. Rep. Charles Bass – have also called on Kuster to explain the problems to constituents.
On Feb. 11, the NRCC jumped into the fray, creating a web video “highlighting Kuster’s reckless financial behavior.” The ad features clips of Kuster before she was elected, including footage from the “F-him” incident as well as her commenting critically about Congress living by its on rules. The ad closes with, “It looks like it’s already time to cancel the Annie Kuster show.”
So far, Kuster and her staffers haven’t offered any follow-up comment to media outlets or voters.
Although, according to Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Kuster made an unexpected visit to the party headquarters today. In a Tweet on Twitter at little past 11:30 a.m., Buckley wrote, “LOL! I tell staff to dress up 'cause you never know who will stop by. Today Im (sic) wearing jeans because of snowfall. @repkuster just walked in.”
After learning that Kuster is back in town, NHGOP Communications Director Meg Stone stated that, "the time has come” for Kuster “to stop hiding from her constituents and offer an open and straightforward explanation about her long history of delinquent taxes.” Stone said that Kuster needed to reveal why she was unable to pay her property taxes while also having reported assets of nearly $2 million. net worth of nearly $2 million.
“Congresswoman Kuster needs to meet with her constituents, give them honest answers, and begin to regain the trust and confidence that she has lost as a result of this embarrassing incident,” Stone stated.
Rob Friedlander, a spokesman for Kuster, did not return an email asking for reaction to the NRCC ad. No public events have been announced either.