Guam – Guam’s current and former Republican Lt. Governors have reportedly agreed to publicly campaign for, endorse, and support the fifteen GOP senatorial candidates. A release from Senator Ray Tenorio’s aide, Phil Leon Gueerero states that former Lt. Governors Kurt Moylan, Frank Blas Sr., Kaleo Moylan, and current Lt. Governor Mike Cruz have all agreed to use their network of supporters to regain the majority in the Guam Legislature. The agreement was reportedly finalized at a recent Republican Party event.
The release quotes incumbent GOP Senator Frank Blas Jr. as saying “This is an exciting example of just how united this party is.”
The release makes no mention of Lt. Governor Mike Cruz’s decision, so far, not to publicly endorse the Calvo-Tenorio team, despite the unity pledge he signed agreeing to do so.
The release is reprinted in its entirety below:
Republican Lt. Governors Unite for Legislative Majority
Senatorial Candidates Ready to Take Leadership
September 10, 2010
In a show of unity throughout the party, Guam’s elected Republican Lt. Governors have agreed to publicly campaign for, endorse, and support the fifteen senatorial candidates for their party. The move was finalized at a recent Republican Party of Guam event. Lt. Governors Kurt Moylan, Frank Blas Sr., Kaleo Moylan, and Mike Cruz plan on using their network of supporters to regain the majority in the Guam Legislature.
“This is an exciting example of just how united this party is,” Senator Frank Blas Jr. said. “I am truly humbled that my father and the rest of the Lt. Governors are showing just how much they believe in the tremendous candidates our party has.”
This campaign is occurring as a result of last week’s historic primary election, where for the first time in recent memory, more voters participated in the Republican primary than the Democrat’s.
“I was so touched by the support the people of Guam during the primary election,” Senator Tony Ada said. “I, along with the rest of the senatorial candidates want to make the most of the momentum going into the general election, and lead the Legislature to help our families.”
“There are fifteen amazing people that are offering themselves to serve our island,” Senator Telo Taitague added. “All of us have the desire and commitment to make Guam a better place, and I’m glad our people have shown they want us in the Legislature.”
The non-incumbent candidates shared in the excitement of the announcement.
“The Republican party has never had a senatorial slate that is as diverse and strong as this one. I’m so thankful the voting public and the Lt. Governors want us to serve,” John Benavente said.
“Our party is united for a common good, and I am happy to be a part of this team,” Chris Duenas said.
“This election is an opportunity to bring a real and meaningful change to the Legislature. I couldn’t be more confident in the people I am running with,” Vic Gaza said.
“I want to let our people know that you’re not just safe with me, but you and your families are safe with all of my fellow Republican candidates,” Stephen Guerrero said.
“I’m so impressed with this show of statesmanship. It’s tradition from great Republican leaders like Speaker Tony Unpingco,” Ray Haddock said.
“Since so many of us are new, we really do bring a fresh perspective to the Legislature. I’m happy to have the support of our people and our Lt. Governors,” Dr. Velma Harper said.
“This team of candidates really has a plan to educate our children and prepare them for the job of the future. I’m touched our people recognize this,” Dr. Sam Mabini said.
“I want to thank the Lt. Governors and the people of Guam for their vote of confidence. This team will do great things for all of our island,” Bill Sarmiento said.
“Our people deserve some good news for a change. That’s what they’ll get with a Republican majority,” Mana Silva Taijeron said.
“All of us have great ideas. That’s why I’m so thankful the people and the Lt. Governors are supporting this great team of candidates,” William Taitague said.
“I would like to thank the people of Guam and the Lt. Governors for supporting my mission to keep families first,” Dr. Aline Yamashita said.