Guam – The Guam Medical Association [GMA] say their planned Wednesday event will still take place, despite a decision from the Calvo-Tenorio Campaign to pull out of the debate.
In an email to island media, Executive Director Pram Sullivan states “We will continue with the Debate on Wednesday night, and if the Calvo Tenorio Team don’t show, it will be retitled, ‘A Conversations with Carl and Frank.'”
Sullivan also expressed dissapointment over the Calvo-Tenorio Team’s decision to pull out of the debate, and accused the GOP team of using the controversy over Gutierrez’s campaign ads on “CW4 as an excuse for their non-participation.”
Sullivan accused the Calvo-Tenorio Team of showing “poor character and lack of sincerity.” And she states that the GMA has “received several demands from the Calvo-Tenorio Team and we feel that we are being Black Mailed to either do it their way, or no way.”
The GMA Release is reprinted below:
Dear Guam Media Networks,
We are disappointed at the Calvo-Tenorio Team for sending out a letter to local media regarding their lack of commitment to this WED’s GMA Gubernatorial Debate.
Here is our short response, we will follow with a more detail response in the coming days. It is rather late, and with very disappointing release from the Calvo Tenorio team.
Here is our quick response. WE will prepare a more detail response in the days coming. In short, Calvo-Tenorio Team is black mailing GMA.
“On behalf of our Guam Medical Association that represents over 140 physicians, nurses and allied health providers we share our disappointment at the Calvo-Tenorio Team for sending their notices to the local media announcing their demands for Wednesday night’s debate. A debate, which they committed to participate since the Primary GMA Debate. We feel that using CW4 as an excuse for their non-participation shows poor character and lack of sincerity to our health care coalition and to the people of Guam. We have received several demands from the Calvo-Tenorio Team and we feel that we are being Black Mailed to either do it their way, or no way. They have singled out CW4’s exclusive broadcast, but we also have K57, PDN, Variety at our events and we allow all news team to come as well. Additionally, we approached KUAM first, but was turned down because their station cited they couldn’t have Ms. Patti Arroyo as the moderator, because it was their competitor. The GMA cares about the people of Guam, we will continue with the Debate on Wednesday night, and if the Calvo Tenorio Team don’t show, it will be retitled, “A Conversations with Carl and Frank.”
GMA Executive Director