An attorney representing Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas issued a statement about what he’s calling negative attack-ads.
Stan Brand said as a public official, Delegate San Nicolas among countless others, has been the subject of committee investigations arising from allegations lodged in the “Court of Public Opinion.”
“The House Committee on Ethics has a duty to investigate these and like matters, but the referral of these matters by the Office of Congressional Ethics is a recommendation only that the Committee review the allegations.”
Brand said that alone, “most certainly does not establish that any of these allegations have been verified or proven.”
The attorney goes on to say that they’re prepared to support the Congressman to prove that the allegations lodged against him lack merit or substantiation.
The Congressman added his own piece to the statement saying he’s disappointed with so-called “dirty politics” and will not be distracted from his hard work.
San Nicolas is being investigated for alleged ethics violations.
See original News Release from Congressman Michael San Nicolas:
Counsel to Congressman San Nicolas responds to negative campaign ads
Stan M. Brand, co-counsel of Brand-Woodward Law representing Congressman San Nicolas, has represented numerous individuals and organizations investigated by and/or called to testify before the U.S. Congress. He has been featured in The Washingtonian magazine’s survey of the 75 best lawyers in Washington and named by the Legal Times as a White Collar Crime “Top Gun” for knowing “when to fight and when not to fight.”
In light of recent negative campaign ads targeting Congressman San Nicolas, Stan M. Brand and Brand-Woodward Law issue the following statement:
“For more than 40 years – beginning with my service as general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives – I have served as advisor and counselor to Members of Congress and those appearing before it. Specifically, I have represented numerous Members appearing before the House Committee on Ethics and support the important function it serves.”
“As a Public Official, Delegate San Nicolas, among countless others, has been the subject of Committee Investigations arising from allegations lodged in the Court of Public Opinion. The House Committee on Ethics has a duty to investigate these and like matters, but the referral of these matters by the Office of Congressional Ethics is a recommendation only that the Committee review the allegations. It most certainly does not establish that any of these allegations have been verified or proven.”
“As the Committee stated in its announcement of the inquiry: “The Committee notes that the mere fact of establishing an Investigative Subcommittee does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred.”
“We are honored to assist Delegate San Nicolas in his cooperation with the Subcommittee’s investigation and look forward to demonstrating that the allegations lodged against him lack merit or substantiation.”
“Any assertion that the mere fact of an Investigation serves as indication of wrongdoing is mere posturing intended to obfuscate rather than enlighten.”
- Stan M. Brand
Congressman San Nicolas adds:
“I would like to thank the people of Guam for their faith and patience as political ugliness tries to distract from the historic levels of support and outcomes we continue to deliver to the people. As you put your trust in us, we put our trust in you, and share in your disappointment in the dirty politics. We will not be distracted and will continue to let our hard work earn your support, as we lead by example in running a clean campaign,” states Congressman San Nicolas.