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June 3, 2014

Salem officials back Lambert over Garcia

Garcia's casino votes didn't sit well


“The people know he listens to them,” Elliott said. “He loves to listen to the people and he will not forget what they say.”

Garcia, her sister Rep. Bianca Garcia and Rep. Patrick Bick were the only state lawmakers from Salem who did not support expanded gambling legislation.

Rep. John Sytek has opposed expanded gambling, but said he supported casino legislation earlier this session because the majority of Salem voters have said they want gaming.

Sytek said yesterday he likes both Lambert and Marilinda Garcia, but is supporting Garcia because he believes she has the best chance of unseating Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster.

Windham GOP lawmakers who came to support Lambert included Reps. Bruce Breton, Mary Griffin and Walter Kolodziej.

Breton said revenue from expanded gambling — an issue Lambert said he strongly supports — is needed to help finish the Interstate 93 widening project.

“Not only will Gary listen to the wishes of the people of Salem and Windham,” Breton said, “but Gary will do what their wishes are.”

Several Salem town officials, including Selectman Stephen Campbell and Planning Board Chairman Edward DeClercq, also backed Lambert.

“I support Gary for his economic stands,” DeClercq said. “He believes expanded gaming will bring many jobs to Salem.

Lambert thanked the group for the support and said his main goal is to help create jobs if elected to Congress.

“I will fully support expanded gaming in Salem,” he said. “We cannot afford to say no to jobs. The people of Salem have spoken.”

Shortly after the press conference in Salem, representatives from Casino Free New Hampshire held their own event in support of Garcia at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, spokesman Henry Veilleux said.

Veilleux said it wasn’t an endorsement of Garcia, just a show of support for her vote in opposition of casino gambling.

“We applaud her,” Veilleux said. “I think her vote spoke volumes about her character and commitment to her values.”

Szold said neither he nor Garcia were able to attend the event in Concord.

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