Dizon to Bordallo: Debates Are Not Optional

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Guam – The Democratic challenger for the Guam Delegate’s seat, Karlo Dizon, has issued a statement declaring that debates in the Congressional campaign are not optional.

Dizon has challenged Bordallo to a debate. Bordallo Monday told reporters that she would not debate members of her own party, but indicated that she was open to a Town Hall meeting.

In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Dizon says he has been speaking to residents throughout the island and he says “they want this debate to happen.”

The release quotes Dizon as saying: “The people of Guam are broke and struggling. And they are waiting to hear the Delegate explain how another two years in office would be any different from the failures of the last ten.”

Dizon says he has sent two letter to the Bordallo campaign requesting a debate and had not received a definitive answer until Bordallo’s public statement Monday.

He says he remains optomistic that a debate will eventually be held and he states that he looks “forward to working with the  Congresswoman on arranging this debate at her convenience. She can name the time and place, and I will be there.”

READ the release from the Dizon campaign below:

KARLO DIZON: DEBATES ARE NOT OPTIONAL

TAMUNING, GU, June 12, 2012 – Democratic congressional candidate Karlo Dizon issued a statement in response to Delegate Madeleine Bordallo’s refusal to engage in a series of substantive debates on the issues.

“The people of Guam are broke and struggling,” Dizon said. “And they are waiting to hear the Delegate explain how another two years in office would be any different from the failures of the last ten.”

Congresswoman Bordallo fielded questions from the media yesterday after she filed for candidacy at the Guam Election Commission in Hagatna earlier in the afternoon.

She stated that she does not debate members of the Democratic party lest confrontations should occasion.

Dizon, who announced his candidacy last month, has been speaking with residents from all over the island and has opined that this debate is crucial to voters for the primary election in September. “Our community has spoken. They want this debate to happen,” he stated.

When asked about Bordallo’s plans of speaking at town hall meetings in lieu of the proposed debates, Dizon replied, “The people of Guam deserve to hear real solutions to our problems, not scripted answers prepared ahead of time.”

Dizon initially challenged Bordallo to a series of debates the day after his candidacy announcement. The letter, which was emailed on May 15, 2012, emphasized the need to discuss the dire condition of the island, specifically the economy, local issues, national issues, and foreign policy, and the solutions the candidates can offer. He has sent the Congresswoman a second invitation last week and has not received a definitive answer. Bordallo’s public statement yesterday was the first time she addressed the challenge to the debates.

Despite Bordallo’s demurral, Dizon remains optimistic that the wishes of the public will be slaked. “I look forward to working with the  Congresswoman on arranging this debate at her convenience. She can name the time and place, and I will be there,” he pledged.

The Committee to Elect Karlo Dizon for Congress is a grassroots organization comprising concerned citizens working towards a new way forward.