The Director of Guam’s D.C. Office, Jay Rojas, Under Fire for Calling Obama “An Ass”

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Guam – Jay Rojas, the Director of the Governor’s Washington DC office has come under fire for a comment he made on Facebook about President Barack Obama–specifically, he called the president an “ass.”

The post was made on Rojas’ Facebook account this morning. PNC was able to get a screen shot of the status update and the comments that were made in a thread in response to his comment.

The status update read, “Today, I spent most of my time with a Washington DC powerhouse. Today I am a gladiator in a suit. Today my future looks good. Today I realized what I can do. Get ready, Guam [expletive] just got real.”

Then in the comments, one person wrote, “I hope you’re not sleeping with the president, that would be awkward.”

Rojas’ response to that was, “No, he’s an ass.”  He then continued to refer to President Obama as a donkey. The donkey is the democratic party’s symbol.

Guam Democratic Party Chair Rory Respicio issued a statement, saying, “Despite Mr. Rojas’ personal views on the president, he has a responsibility to always conduct himself in a respectful manner on behalf of the people of Guam.” He then called on Rojas to issue an apology.

Vice Chair Nerissa Underwood stated, “We are saddened by the fact that those appointed to serve Governor Calvo in Washington D.C. did not serve him well today.”

Late this afternoon, Rojas issued his own statement. “My comment was in poor taste, and I’m very sorry to have made it on Facebook. I should have realized that, even though my Facebook page is a private page in my life, people do look at what I write and I should conduct myself with more decorum, even on my private Facebook page.

Governor’s spokesman Troy Torres also issued a statement saying the governor’s office does not share the sentiments that Jay wrote on his Facebook page.

“The Governor’s Office does not share the sentiments Jay wrote on his Facebook page. Governor Calvo has an excellent working relationship with the Obama administration, from the Interior department to the military and almost every Cabinet agency in between. Governor Calvo also was honored to be appointed by the President himself to the Climate Change Task Force.”

“What Jay wrote was highly inappropriate, and it was a mistake. While we understand his Facebook page is his private page, we recognize that public officials are held to a higher standard of decorum,” wrote Torres.   

And Guam Congresswoman Madeline Bordallo weighed in with this response:

“Mr. Rojas’ comment is an unfortunate slip from a person I know to be a professional staffer. It is important that we do not let our guard  down in social media, where it common to be informal. While President Obama may take positions that some may disagree with, we must always respect the office he holds.”

READ the statement from the the Democratic Party below:  

Democratic Party of Guam Statement
For immediate release
March 14, 2014

Issued at the request of Guam Media

The following is a statement from Democratic Party Chairperson Rory J. Respicio and Vice Chairperson Nerissa Underwood in response to media inquires about the statements of Mr. Jay Rojas. Mr. Rojas is Guam Governor Eddie Calvo’s Washington D.C. Liaison and Director of the Washington D.C. Office of the Governor of Guam. In a public statement today Mr. Rojas called President Barack Obama an “ass.”

“We are saddened by the fact that those appointed to serve Governor Calvo in Washington D.C. did not serve him well today,” Underwood said.

“Despite Mr. Rojas’ personal views on the President, he has a responsibility to always conduct himself in a respectful manner on behalf of the people of Guam,” Respicio said. “We are hopeful that Mr. Rojas will apologize for his unfortunate remarks.”

READ the response from Jay Rojas and the Governor’s Office below:

From Jay Rojas: “My comment was in poor taste, and I’m very sorry to have made it on Facebook. I should have realized that, even though my Facebook page is a private page in my life, people do look at what I write and I should conduct myself with more decorum, even on my private Facebook page.”

From Troy Torres: “The Governor’s Office does not share the sentiments Jay wrote on his Facebook page. Governor Calvo has an excellent working relationship with the Obama administration, from the Interior department to the military and almost every Cabinet agency in between. Governor Calvo also was honored to be appointed by the President himself to the Climate Change Task Force.”

“What Jay wrote was highly inappropriate, and it was a mistake. While we understand his Facebook page is his private page, we recognize that public officials are held to a higher standard of decorum.”