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GOP Congressional Candidate Targeted Again on Social Media

Phony Marilinda Garcia Facebook account attributed Hitler quotes to her before it was taken down.

Screen clips from a phony Facebook site with Adolf Hitler quotes attributed to Republican Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia, a Salem Republican. Credit: Facebook
Screen clips from a phony Facebook site with Adolf Hitler quotes attributed to Republican Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia, a Salem Republican. Credit: Facebook

The 2014 race for the 2nd Congressional District hasn’t even really gotten started and it’s already getting nasty.

In the latest dustup on social media, someone created a phony Facebook account late last month targeting state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, the latest candidate to enter the race.

The site described Garcia as “a severe conservative” and offered a single picture of her at a recent graduation. When created on Nov. 25, the phantom host posted two quotes from Adolf Hitler and attributed them to Garcia.

One stated, "'Do not compare yourself to others. If you do so, you are insulting yourself’ --- Words to live by!” The second said, “On foreign policy I believe my platform is best summed up by these words ‘If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower.’”

At around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, Garcia took to Twitter and attacked to site, saying, “There is a fake Marilinda Garcia Facebook page that is a hoax and not affiliated with me or my campaign. I ask it be taken down immediately.”

By 5:30 p.m., the site was taken down.

Brad Stevens, a campaign spokesman for Garcia, called the “crude fake social media account” a disappointment in the candidate’s early campaign.

"Marilinda hasn't been an announced candidate for Congress a full two weeks and she has already been the subject of multiple personal attacks,” he said in an email. “But Marilinda knows the struggles facing New Hampshire families of losing health insurance due to ObamaCare regulations, sluggish job growth and burdensome debt are the real issues that need to be front-and-center in this campaign and not dirty political attacks."

The effort to discredit Garcia on Facebook had not gained a lot of traction during its 12 days in existence. Only six people had liked the site before it was taken down and only radio host Richard Girard of Girard at Large in Manchester used the site to tag the candidate in a post two days ago.

Garcia is running for the Republican nomination along with former state Sen. Gary Lambert, R-Nashua, in an effort to unseat U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-NH.

Previously, Garcia was targeted by state Rep. Peter Sullivan, D-Manchester, who compared the candidate to Kim Kardashian, and called her a political “lightweight,” drawing criticism from New Hampshire Republicans. Sullivan later offered an apology – to Kardashian.

This isn’t the first time that Hitler has entered the New Hampshire political scene in recent years.

State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, R-Manchester, used a Nazi salute during an interaction with William O’Brien, D-Mont Vernon, from the House floor last year. He later apologized for the outburst. A few days later, O’Brien was portrayed in a Concord Monitor, editorial cartoon as having a Hitler mustache

Gail Biggert December 08, 2013 at 01:16 AM
These people should be caught and punished no matter which party they belong...
Bob T December 08, 2013 at 09:57 AM
The Demorats will say anything, tell any lie, do whatever is evil and wrong to push their agemda.
Cheryl December 08, 2013 at 12:42 PM
This sounds like something Republicans would do to one of their own and try to blame it on Democrats. They know that by the time the "truth" comes out and that they did it themselves, that the media will have already blamed the Democrats in people's minds. It's a campaign tactic OVERUSED by Republicans. Just like what they've pulled with the Obama health care plan and during every single election for several decades now. The more unpopular Republicans become, the worse their campaign smears get. Because they know they can't get a win without cheating.
David Pittelli December 08, 2013 at 01:03 PM
The Republicans attributed fake Hitler quotes to the Affordable Care Act? Please provide a link for this, or for any similar examples of perfidy. Because we wouldn't want people to think you were just making things up.
Dan Crabtree December 08, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Never in the annals of history has the democrat party not lied and practiced decite,,,,No low is to low for this party...Obamas favorite quote is "the end results justiy the means"
AMERIKANISCH December 08, 2013 at 01:54 PM
That is a quote from Karl Marx, by the way.
AMERIKANISCH December 08, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Cheryl, Since when does the mainstream media blame Democrats for much of anything? The mainstream media filters the news to make Democrats look good by glossing over or ignoring some stories and intensely focusing on others. It is a well-knowm fact that the vast majority of journalists are Democrats.
Steven M. Schiffman December 08, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Except for media outlets like AOL/HP, the story would have remained a local item, with most folks not caring or bothering either way. By reproducing this story form the local media, you gave attention which was the underlining purpose of the prank in the first instance. Sometimes, it is best to be quiet or ignore the situation rather than giving publicity to those who do not deserve it.
Larry December 08, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Typical democrat practice - do not talk about issues or facts just demonize the opponents character - doesn't even have to be true - apologize if caught.
Gerard Cordeg December 08, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I'm sorry -- when did the fact that Democrats smeared Republicans by attributing false statements/positions/beliefs to them and attaching false histories to them suddenly become "news"? This is merely their time-(dis)honored playbook going back over a century.
William T. Rogers December 09, 2013 at 10:47 AM
I would strongly suggest a good investigation into this 'incident'. But, the Repubs/Baggers have been known to employ varied and sundry attacks on Democrats. It's only when they 'get it back' that they scream like little girls. And it's also a Tea Bagger, so go figure...
trains r uss December 09, 2013 at 02:45 PM
W T ROGERS, THE TEA PARTY STANDS FOR "TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY" HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU DIPPING YOUR FEEBLE BRAIN IN A BAG. LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SEE REALITY
Robert Merlin December 09, 2013 at 03:31 PM
And what did the head of the Romney campaign say? " We aren't letting fact checkers run this campaign." Just thought that was interesting...

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