Bob Giuda

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Robert "Bob" J. Giuda
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Deputy Majority Leader of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
January 8, 2003 – January 7, 2004
Preceded by David Hess
Succeeded by None
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2007
Constituency Grafton District 4
Grafton District 5 (After Redistricting)
Personal details
Born February 21, 1952
New York, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christine Giuda
Children Joseph
Lauren
Stephanie
Residence Warren, New Hampshire
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Occupation International Airline Captain
Website www.bobgiuda.com

Robert "Bob" J. Giuda (Listeni/ˈɡdə/; born on February 21, 1952) is an International Airline Captain from Warren, New Hampshire, a former United States Marine and New Hampshire State Legislator with a long history of Humanitarian Action in Pakistani controlled Kashmir.[1][2][3][4] In June 2009, he formed a Congressional Exploratory Committee for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District Seat.[5][6][7]

Background[edit]

Born in New York City, Giuda lived with his family in New Jersey and Massachusetts before settling in New Hampshire during his high school years. Giuda graduated from Pittsfield, NH High School in 1970, and was appointed a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1975 with a B.S. in Operations Analysis. Two weeks prior to graduation, his mother Anne C. Giuda, was killed in an automobile accident and he became legal guardian of the youngest of his 3 younger brothers, who was 9 years old at the time. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, and upon completion of The Basic School at Quantico, VA, proceeded to Pensacola, FL where he completed Navy flight training and was designated a United States Naval Aviator.[8][9]

Military service and civilian life[edit]

Giuda's Military career included active duty tours as a Marine Corps pilot aboard the USS Midway (CV-41), and as a flight instructor with the Navy's EA-6B training squadron at Whidbey Island, WA. Reserve tours included pilot and Safety Officer with VMAQ-4 at Whidbey Island, WA; and pilot with VMA-133 at Alameda, CA. He flew numerous aircraft including the EA-6A, EA-6B, A-7E and A-4F Skyhawk. During his military service, he attended numerous schools, and completed the Aviation Safety Officer course at the United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.

After the Marine Corps, Giuda served as a Special Agent and pilot for the Federal Bureau of Investigation before deciding to leave government service and pursue an airline career. As a result, he has been and is currently employed as an international Boeing 777 captain for United Airlines. Since 1981, He has been married to Christine M. (Revell) Giuda, a former U.S. Navy nurse whom he met while serving in the Marines. They have 3 grown children.[10]

Political career[edit]

Giuda's political career began with formation of the Warren Economic Development Committee, which ultimately resulted in an assessment of the community by the New Hampshire Rural Development Corporation. He was appointed and then elected as a Selectman and Chairman of the Board in Warren, New Hampshire from 1998-2001. In 2000, he was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives serving 3 consecutive terms in office.[11] He opted not to seek a 4th term in 2006. While in the House, he was assigned to the Ways and Means, Labor and Rules Committees and rose to the position of Deputy Majority Leader.[12]

Giuda successfully sponsored a strongly supported Constitutional Amendment that limited the government's power of Eminent domain after the controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. City of New London. He also cosponsored numerous bills supporting a state spending cap, a constitutional amendment banning a New Hampshire income tax, and limiting judicial legislation from the bench.[12]

National presence and international affairs[edit]

In October 2001, shortly after September 11th, he appeared on national television to advocate training and arming qualified commercial airline pilots to prevent against future hijackings. He founded the Airline Pilots Security Alliance[3], which lobbied Congress in support of the Federal Flight Deck Officer program that exists today to enable pilots to defend against future hijackings.[12][13]

Kashmir and human rights advocacy[edit]

In December 2002 and February 2003, just before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Giuda traveled to Pakistan-held Kashmir on a series of fact-finding missions to investigate atrocities against Muslim civilians allegedly being committed by Indian Armed Forces and paramilitary forces.[1] The mission included meetings with military leaders, members of Pakistan's cabinet, National Assembly of Pakistan and Senate, and then-President Parvez Musharraf. Upon returning to New Hampshire, Giuda drafted and successfully shepherded a House Concurrent Resolution which led to U.S. House hearings on the ongoing atrocities in Kashmir.[2][14]

Bob Giuda in Kashmir with Pakistani child orphaned after major earthquake in 2005.
Bob Giuda in Kashmir with Pakistani child orphaned after Earthquake in 2005

He later founded and chaired Americans for Resolution of Kashmir[4] or "ARK" to educate Americans about the conflict in Kashmir and its relevance to national security. Upon returning to the United States, Giuda was featured on the front page of the New York Times International Section as a result of the investigation into the atrocities in Kashmir;[15] he also personally helped Pakistan's president prepare for meetings with US Diplomats at Camp David.[16][17] Giuda also presided over a panel discussion on "The Human Rights Dimension of the Kashmir Problem," where speakers from both sides of the issue respectively placed blame for Kashmir insurgency on Indian human rights violations and Kashmiri freedom fighters.[4]

In November, 2005, he led a humanitarian relief team to the small village of Kafal Garh, 6,000 feet above sea level in Kashmir, in the aftermath of the devastating October earthquake that killed an estimated 80,000 people in Pakistan.[18] The team provided funding to construct metal shelters to deal with the onset of winter and an average snowfall of 28 feet.[19]

2010 congressional campaign[edit]

In June 2009, he formed a Congressional Exploratory Committee for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district seat.[6] He announced his candidacy in October, 2009 and officially filed as a candidate with the NH Secretary of State on June 8, 2010.[20]

Incumbent Paul Hodes is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Judd Gregg, who is retiring.[21] Hodes' intention to run for senate leaves an open seat in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, for which 5 Republicans and 2 Democrats declared and filed as candidates.[22][23][24]

The Second Congressional District consists of the western and northern portions of the state, including all of Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan counties as well as almost all of Merrimack and Hillsborough counties plus three towns in Rockingham County and two towns in Belknap County. It comprises 171 towns and 7 cities.[25]

Views on issues[edit]

Second Amendment[edit]

Giuda is a steadfast supporter of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. He believes that this right has been severely compromised in modern America and has pledged to oppose any legislation which interferes with a citizen's right to keep and bear arms, except in the case of felons.[26] As noted above he founded the Airline Pilots Security Alliance which orchestrated the effort to establish the Federal Flight Deck Officer program which arms and trains airline pilots to defend against future hijackings.[27]

...we continue as a nation to watch the government continue to restrict the rights of the righteous in a vain attempt to restrict the intentions of the unGodly.

—April 10th, 2010 at a Second Amendment rally[28]

Privacy[edit]

He opposes increasing the amount of biometric information on government identification cards.[29] One of the reasons that he opposes further government intrusion into the healthcare system is the access authorities might have to private healthcare information.[30]

Budgetary issues[edit]

During a June 2010 appearance in Salem, New Hampshire an audience member asked Giuda to name specific budgetary cuts he would make. He named five departments he believes need to be curbed on both the budgetary and regulatory fronts:[31]

He notes that it is not practical to abolish any of these organizations but we must begin to dismantle them.

Giuda also expresses concern about "massive entitlement programs that are bankrupting our country."[32]

USA PATRIOT Act[edit]

Mr. Giuda believes that the Patriot Act significantly expanded the powers of government and has undermined the civil protections of the First and Fourth Amendments of the Bill of Rights.[33] He said,

The Patriot Act is the worst form of destruction done to the Constitution, I think, in our country's history.
I would take 9/11 all over again rather than the thrashing our Constitution has taken. We took a seven trillion dollar hit on September 11th; we've recovered from that. What has been lost may not be recoverable and that is our freedom from unreasonable intrusion and search and seizure and for reasons not necessarily of a substantial enough nature that they would've brought on a search warrant prior.

—April 10th, 2010 at a Second Amendment rally[34][35]

Civil unions[edit]

Civil unions became legal in New Hampshire on January 1, 2008, and will continue to be legal until January 1, 2011. On the latter date civil unions will become same-sex marriages unless dissolved beforehand. Giuda has asserted that although he supports civil unions he is opposed to same-sex marriage.

However, in addition to his opposition to same-sex marriage later in the decade, in 2001 in his capacity as New Hampshire House of Representatives member from Grafton Giuda voted in support of New Hampshire HB454 as put forward by House Republican Daniel C. Itse which would have prohibited New Hampshire recognition of out-of-state civil unions.[36] Giuda contends that this is consistent with his position today.[37]

Same-sex marriage[edit]

Same-sex marriages are currently legal in New Hampshire. Mr. Giuda opposes same-sex marriage and regards the definition of marriage to be a union between a man and a woman, a definition notable as being identical to that stated by Democratic President Barack Obama during his 2008 campaign.[38]

After an appearance at Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire on June 28, 2010 in response to inquiries by members of his audience Giuda characterized some potential dangers he sees in same-sex marriage by saying "What's next? Men and sheep? Women and dogs?" He indicated his belief that same-sex marriage is the "downfall of the nation" in response to a direct question by another audience member on the matter and had previously indicated that he considered homosexuality to have been instrumental in the collapse of a number of previous civilizations such as Classical-era Greek Sparta.[37][39][40][41]

Later Giuda specified that these remarks were made in the context of a discussion on institutionalizing marriage and said that his meaning was that "it is not to our good as a nation or a society to institutionalize relationships that do not involve a man and a woman for the protection of a family."[39]

Net neutrality[edit]

He has termed FCC and legislative efforts to mandate net neutrality within Internet traffic conduits "government censorship using the Trojan horse of 'fairness'."[33]

DADT[edit]

The American military policy Don't Ask, Don't Tell restricts the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members or applicants and bars citizens who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service. Giuda has stated that he opposes repealing the laws mandating this policy.[39]

Opposing Marxism in government programs[edit]

In the context of an essay on the issue of illegal immigration Mr. Giuda has stated that he regards the concept of social justice when administered by the government to be an element of Marxist ideology. He gives the example of entitlement programs as a government activity motivated by Marxism.[32]

Obama and Congress are trying to use the specter of racial profiling to "divide and conquer" the American people, and ultimately pass an amnesty bill. Granting amnesty will deliver 13 million votes for those who support the Marxist ideal of "social justice" administered by government – the very rationale for massive entitlement programs that are bankrupting our country as they have bankrupted Greece.

—Blog entry "Theft of Our Birthright" at www.giuda.us

Primary defeat[edit]

Giuda placed third in the 2010 U.S. Congressional primary behind Charlie Bass and Jennifer Horn. In concluding remarks on his campaign web site he wrote,[42]

...the war for the soul of our nation is perpetual, and our mission must be to remain engaged in the battle - not because of any one person, but because of the incredible importance of sustaining the sacred principles upon [which] America was founded.

—Blog entry "To My Fellow Patriots" at www.bobgiuda.com

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Dangers of External Mediation - Misreading Local Code Words". Kashmirherald.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  2. ^ a b "New Hampshire resolution creates a stir: Kashmir issue -DAWN - National; April 21, 2003". DAWN. 2003-04-21. Retrieved 2010-08-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ Wednesday (2005-11-16). "Chairman and Founder of Americans for Resolution of Kashmir, Bob Giuda, describes the scenes of devastation in Kashmir a month after a major earthquake hit the region. - Audio - Talk Radio News Service: News, Politics, Media". Talkradionews.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
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  7. ^ Bosse, Grant (2009-06-14). "Grant Bosse and Friends: Bob Giuda announces run for Congress". Bosse2008.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
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  15. ^ Rohde, David (2002-12-22). "THREATS AND RESPONSES - SOUTH ASIA - THREATS AND RESPONSES - SOUTH ASIA - Anti-American Feeling Rises in Pakistan as U.S. Confronts Iraq". Iraq; Pakistan: NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
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  17. ^ "Saggy Tahir - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  18. ^ Updated 111 minutes ago (2005-10-19). "New figures put quake toll at over 79,000 - World news - South and Central Asia - msnbc.com". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
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  25. ^ "congressional". Sos.nh.gov. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  26. ^ Giuda, Robert J. "2nd Amendment Rights". Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  27. ^ Robert J. Giuda (2010-04-18). Bob Giuda Speaks at 2A March in Concord NH. Concord, New Hampshire: YouTube. Event occurs at 2m30s. Retrieved 2010-08-08. "I started a movement that today has resulted in ten thousand airline pilots carrying weapons in cockpits to protect against... {applause} I was grounded by my company, threatened with termination, and I said "Fine, thank you for the grounding." I went to Washington, D.C., worked with Senator Bob Smith, six other airline pilots around the country, and today we have the program." 
  28. ^ Robert J. Giuda (2010-04-18). Bob Giuda Speaks at 2A March in Concord NH. Concord, New Hampshire: YouTube. Event occurs at 3m30s. Retrieved 2010-08-08. "And so we continue as a nation to watch the government continue to restrict the rights of the righteous in a vain attempt to restrict the intentions of the unGodly. Not gonna happen." 
  29. ^ Robert J. Giuda (2010-04-18). Bob Giuda Speaks at 2A March in Concord NH. Concord, New Hampshire: YouTube. Event occurs at 3m50s. Retrieved 2010-08-08. "We had a bill come to the floor of the house; twenty to nothing, ought to pass this amendment. Came out of the Transportation Committee and said, we should put information about biometrics and personal data on the back of your driver's license - the magnetic strip. And the reason was - you'll love this - security and safety! So I stood up and in a two minute floor oration I said, "Excuse me but I've been to the world, or I've traveled the world, and I've gone through more security checks than any person in this crowd or anywhere else around here. If you think that further intruding into the privacy of our citizens and making that public knowledge in a database in Concord that will get hacked, and if you think that making them pay more for a piece of plastic makes our country more secure, I hate to tell you something, that bad guys have computer technologies that will make more genuine driver's licenses than the DMV sitting across the road." Bad guys don't care about the laws so why do we further restrict and infringe on the law-abiding citizens?" 
  30. ^ Robert J. Giuda (2009-08-29). Bob Giuda - NH Advantage Coalition Pork Roast. Rochester, New Hampshire: YouTube. Event occurs at 2m20s. Retrieved 2010-08-08. "And further, our government, our Congress, is proposing to take over our healthcare system with access to the most intimate details of our private lives and without question to allow bureaucrats at some level to ration that health care and determine who's going to live and who's going to die and when." 
  31. ^ Robert J. Giuda (2010-06-06). Bob Giuda in Salem NH. Salem, New Hampshire: YouTube. Event occurs at 2m20s. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  32. ^ a b Giuda, Robert J. "Theft of Our Birthright". Retrieved 2010-08-09. [dead link] This blog entry has been removed from Giuda's web site and but fortunately remains in the Google cache <http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:i-oTxetoQlsJ:bobgiuda.us/content/theft-our-birthright+giuda.us> and the footer of the page states, "Copyright ©2009 Bob Giuda for Congress. All Rights Reserved. 26 South Main Street, PMB #149, Concord, NH 03301. Paid for by Bob Giuda for Congress":
    On May 20, President Calderon of Mexico addressed a joint session of Congress and condemned Arizona for passing an immigration law to protect its citizens from the crime wave engulfing her towns and cities. His objection was that the law invites racial profiling of Latinos.

    The standing ovation Calderon received from Congressional Democrats, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General of the United States, and the public support for his position by President Obama, was appalling. As he did in the Cambridge incident last year, Obama again insulted law enforcement by insinuating that police would act based on racial prejudice – in clear violation of the very immigration law he was criticizing.

    Using the demagoguery of racial profiling, Obama and Congress are trying to rationalize their refusal to protect our national borders. By so doing, they are endangering public safety and jeopardizing national security for political gain.

    Let's talk about some facts.

    Fact: Mexico is a NATION whose population is almost entirely Latino. By its very nature, illegal immigration from Mexico is thus not a racial issue, it is a NATIONAL issue. When the President and Congress try to present a NATIONAL problem as a RACIAL problem, they are (as usual) putting party politics ahead of the interests of our country by courting Latino votes to win re-election. But legal immigrants from Mexico (and everywhere else) are strongly opposed to illegal immigration.

    Fact: Mexico is a failed state, and derives a tangible financial benefit from shifting as many of its poor as possible across the border and onto the backs of U.S. taxpayers. The cost to our hospitals, courts, economy and government is staggering – to the tune of tens of billions of dollars each year.

    Fact: Mexican crime cartels engage in murder, rape, robbery, prostitution, kidnapping, and trafficking in narcotics and slavery. An astonishing 25% of inmates in Arizona's state prisons are illegal immigrants.

    Obama and Congress are trying to use the specter of racial profiling to "divide and conquer" the American people, and ultimately pass an amnesty bill. Granting amnesty will deliver 13 million votes for those who support the Marxist ideal of "social justice" administered by government – the very rationale for massive entitlement programs that are bankrupting our country as they have bankrupted Greece.

    We welcome legal immigrants to the U.S. as we always have, and should. But massive illegal immigration from Mexico is a threat to our finances, our national security and our public safety. Mexican citizens have no "right" to illegally cross our borders and steal the benefits of U.S. citizenship, any more than Congress and the President have the right to give them away.

  33. ^ a b Giuda, Robert J. "The Undoing of a Nation". Retrieved 2010-08-08. [dead link] This blog entry has been removed from Giuda's web site and only a fragment remains in the Google cache:
    Our Founding Fathers gave us a brilliant system of government that requires three things: personal responsibility, individual liberty, and economic freedom. Over the course of the past 100 years, we have witnessed a dangerous erosion of these critical elements.

    Erosion of personal responsibility comes in the form of entitlements and apathy. Entitlements foster dependency on government, toxic to the human spirit. Who can be free when their sustenance depends on the government? And apathy has disconnected the majority of Americans from self-governance, allowing special interests to control both the political agenda and the political process for decades.

    Erosion of individual liberty comes in the form of legislation, often enacted in the name of "fairness" or "national security". "McCain Feingold" and "Net Neutrality" advocated government censorship using the Trojan horse of "fairness". There is nothing fair about government judging who can say what, how, and when. The "Patriot Act", passed in the name of "national security", enormously expanded government powers and eroded the protections provided in the 1st and 4th Amendments to the Constitution.

  34. ^ Robert J. Giuda (2010-04-18). Bob Giuda Speaks at 2A March in Concord NH. Concord, New Hampshire: YouTube. Event occurs at 2m19s. Retrieved 2010-08-08. "The Patriot Act is the worst form of destruction done to the Constitution, I think, in our country's history." 
  35. ^ Robert J. Giuda (2010-04-18). Bob Giuda Speaks at 2A March in Concord NH. Concord, New Hampshire: YouTube. Event occurs at 6m42s. Retrieved 2010-08-08. "I would take 9/11 all over again rather than the thrashing our Constitution has taken. We took a seven trillion dollar hit on September 11th; we've recovered from that. What has been lost may not be recoverable and that is our freedom from unreasonable intrusion and search and seizure and for reasons not necessarily of a substantial enough nature that they would've brought on a search warrant prior." 
  36. ^ Giuda as House member from Grafton voted "Nay" on the issue of "COMMITTEE MAJORITY REPORT: ITL" on HB 454 and his vote in opposition to recognizing civil unions from other states is confirmed by his own words in The Telegraph of Nashua, see the other reference on this topic. "New Hampshire General Court - 2001 Roll Call Votes - relative to same-sex civil unions contracted outside of the state of New Hampshire.". Archived from the original on 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2010-08-08.  - This information can't be directly seen on the page. It is necessary to execute a search for the 2001 session, HB454, roll call vote #34, which had 276 Yeas and 88 Nays.
  37. ^ a b Landrigan, Kevin (2010-07-01), "GOP 2nd District hopeful says I didn't mean to offend", The Telegraph, retrieved 2010-08-08 
  38. ^ A statement by candidate Obama during pastor Rick Warren's "Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency"Barack Obama, Rick Warren (2008-08-16). Giuda Criticized For Same-Sex Marriage Comments. Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California: CNN. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  39. ^ a b c Robert J. Giuda (2010-06-29). Giuda Criticized For Same-Sex Marriage Comments. New Hampshire: WMUR-TV. Archived from the original on 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  40. ^ Kern, Eliza (2010-06-28). "Giuda calls gay marriage "downfall of the nation"". Archived from the original on 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  41. ^ Pindell, James. "Giuda: gay marriage 'downfall of the nation'". Retrieved 2010-08-08. [dead link]
  42. ^ Giuda, Robert J. "To My Fellow Patriots". Retrieved 2010-10-20. 

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