Terlaje won’t call oversight hearing on Guam Guard ‘cookie scandal’

Sen. Jose "Pedo" Terlaje (file photo)

Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, the chairman of the Guam Legislature’s Committee on Military Affairs that has oversight of the Guam National Guard, said he will not call an oversight hearing over recent charges made by national Republicans and national media that Guard members were used as a “political prop” by Congressman Michael F.Q. San Nicolas.

San Nicolas had endorsed Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje for Senator when he first ran for the office in 2018.

“I will not be calling an oversight hearing over the Guam National Guard’s participation in delivering cookies to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, despite calls by national media and Republicans in the House to make this a partisan issue. We as CHamorus all felt disrespected when Rep. Greene did not recognize the role that Guam has played in the national defense of our country. No career soldier with the Guard should have to face consequences for their participation in what was essentially an educational mission,” Terlaje said.

He added: “Members of Congress clearly still need to be educated that Guam exists and that our people are some of the most patriotic in America. As a Vietnam War veteran, I know what it means to risk your life for the country. Shame on Rep. Greene.”