Guam – Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and former Guam Governor Carl Gutierrez put on a show of unity last night at a Democratic party rally called to drum up support for an override of the election reform measure vetoed by Governor Eddie Calvo, Bill #413.
In a release describing the rally, Majority Leader Senator Rory Respicio highlights the reconciliation between Bordallo and Gutierrez saying that the pair are united in their support for an override.
In addition, Respicio’s release states that:
“Governor Gutierrez was gracious, thanking Congresswoman Bordallo for her commitment to election reform, and for responding positively to the Party’s request for a Congressional investigation into the allegations of voter fraud and electioneering in the Guam Election Commission’s
own findings of illegalities and irregularities surrounding the 2010 general election.”
However it is not clear that the Congresswoman has “responded positively” to a request for a Congressional investigation into “allegations of voter fraud and electioneering” in the 2010 Guam general election.
A statement from Bordallo’s office to PNC News merely acknowledges that she “will consider the request and make an official inquiry with the U.S. Attorney relative to the disposition of the complaint, and ask the U.S. Attorney to respond and take appropriate action.”
It makes no mention of a Congressional investigation. PNC’s has requested clarification from Bordallo’s office. No response had been received as of this posting.
However a party leader present at the meeting told PNC News say that in addition to committing to asking the U.S. Attorney about the report, Bordallo also agreed to seek Congressional assistance, if the Guam’s U.S. Attorney failed to address the report.
The Tuesday night Democratic Party meeting was called rally support for an over ride of the vetoed Bill #413. The measure would revise Guam’s election laws and audit ballots that were not counted in the 2010 election. Governor Calvo vetoed the bill because of that audit.
The measure was approved along partisan lines with 8 democrats voting for it and the 6 republicans voting against it. Senator Tina Muna-Barnes who was absent for the vote has declared her support for the bill, but that still leaves the democrats one vote shy of the 10 they need to override the Governor’s veto.
The Thursday Legislative Session has been cancelled because Senator Ben Pangelinan is leaving island to seek medical treatment in the mainland. Speaker Judi Won Pat says the session will be re-scheduled once Senator Pangelinan returns.
READ Senator Respicio’s release in FULL below:
Respicio: “Our Party is alive and well”
April 11, 2012 – For Immediate Release: Majority Leader Rory J. Respicio issued the included photographs taken at a very successful Democratic Party of Guam meeting held last night, Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Sinajaña Community Center.
Officials attending the meeting included Governor Carl T. C. Gutierrez, Party Chairman; Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo; Speaker Judi Won Pat; Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz; Senators Tina Rose Muña Barnes, Judith P. Guthertz, Adolpho B. Palacios and Respicio. Senator Tom Ada briefly
attended but had to leave for his scheduled oversight hearing at the Legislature. Senators Ben Pangelinan and Dennis Rodriguez were absent, in order to attend Sen. Ada’s hearing.
[BORDALLO AND GUTIERREZ: TOGETHER FOR GUAM. In a strong showing of unity within the Democratic Party of Guam, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo and former Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez shake hands in mutual support of Bill 413-31, which would revise and update Guam’s outdated election laws, and audit ballots never counted in the 2010 election]
Also in attendance were Mayor Jesse Gogue of Ordot/Chalan Pago; Mayor Robert Lizama and Vice Mayor Ronald J. Flores of Yigo; and Vice Mayor Robert Hoffman of Sinajana. Senatorial candidates present were Phil Cruz, Jonathan Flores Diaz, Atty. Gary Gumataotao, Leah Beth Nahalowa, Joe S. San Agustin, and Ben Toves. Mayor candidates in attendance were Rosemarie Aquiningoc for Asan-Maina; Jesus Delgado for Agana Heights; Doris Flores Lujan for Inarajan; Benny Rosalin for Piti; Rosie Tainatongo for Merizo; and Rudy Iriarte for Vice Mayor of Sinajana.
[MAJORITY LEADER ADDRESSES DEMOCRATS. Senator and Legislative Majority Leader Rory J. Respicio addresses attendees at a Democratic Party of Guam meeting at the Sinajana Community Center last night, April 10, 2012]
About 200 people were in attendance overall, including local Democratic Party officials Dr. David L.G. Shimizu, National Committeeman; Taling Taitano, National Committeewoman; members of the Party’s Central Executive Committee representing Guam’s villages; staff members and family members of all Democratic Senators; other Party members, and interested individuals.
Senator Respicio said, “These pictures tell the real story in that our Party is alive and well. While the opposition tries to have you believe otherwise, we remain united as the Democratic Party of Guam, and continue to be a force to be reckoned with in our island’s political landscape. Seeing Governor Gutierrez and Congresswoman Bordallo embrace, and then hearing her say to the crowd, ‘it feels like old times,’ was energizing.
Governor Gutierrez was gracious, thanking Congresswoman Bordallo for her commitment to election reform, and for responding positively to the Party’s request for a Congressional investigation into the allegations of voter fraud and electioneering in the Guam Election Commission’s
own findings of illegalities and irregularities surrounding the 2010 general election.
[STANDING ROOM ONLY. LEFT, the Sinajana Community Center was overflowing during the Democratic Party of Guam meeting last night, April 10, 2012. RIGHT, Sen. Palacios addressed the crowd]
Respicio concluded, “My take away from last night’s meeting is that Governor Gutierrez is true to his word about unifying our Party. His actions are a declaration to leave the past in the past, and that we should all move forward together in sending Congresswoman Bordallo back to Congress, securing the Democratic Majority in the Legislature, electing Democratic Mayors and Vice Mayors, and rightfully taking back Adelup in 2014.”