Tony Babauta Has Picked Up Packet to “Explore” Running Against Bordallo

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Bordallo is disappointed by Babauta’s decision to potentially run against her

Guam – Former DOI Assistant Secretary Tony Babauta has confirmed that he “has taken the first step to explore running for Delegate to the U.S. congress by picking up a package from the Guam Election Commission.

 
 Babauta picked up the candidate packet himself this morning. He says that prior to this he met privately with Madeleine Bordallo and “expressed his decision to explore running for Delegate”. He says ht wants to give the people of Guam and choice in the upcoming primary and in consideration of Guam’s future. Babauta described Bordallo as “both cordial and graceful” of his decision.
 
 However Bordallo released a statement of her own saying that she is “disappointed by Tony’s decision to potentially” run against her. Despite this dissapointment she does say that she “looks forward to a spirited campaign” where she can “highlight her record of service and achievements for the people of Guam” as well as her “vision for Guam’s future.”
 
READ BABAUTA’S RELEASE BELOW:
 
Statement of Tony Babauta Former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Today I’ve taken the first step to explore running for Delegate to the U.S. Congress by picking up a candidate package from the Guam Election Commission. A little more than a week ago, I met privately with our island’s current Delegate, a longtime friend and one of my many mentors. I expressed my decision to explore running for Delegate is to give our people a choice in the upcoming primary and in consideration of Guam’s future. She was both cordial and graceful of my decision. In the coming weeks, I will work on getting the number of needed signatures to officially file as a candidate for the upcoming primary election. I will also use this time to continue dialoguing with family and friends, as well as to introduce myself to many others to earn their confidence. I believe I have always been a strong voice and advocate for Guam in our Nation’s Capital. I spent twelve years on Capitol Hill working for our previous Delegate, Robert Underwood, as well as professional staff of the Natural Resources Committee in the US House of Representatives. Shortly thereafter, I served as senior advisor to the Secretary of the Interior before being confirmed by the US Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas, a position in President Barack Obama’s subcabinet. I’m both excited and motivated to be exploring a candidacy for Guam’s Delegate to Congress. During my career as a public servant, I’ve always felt humbled by the support given to me from the people of Guam. Now, it’s time for me to give back.
 
 
READ BORDALLO’S RELEASE BELOW:
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 17, 2016
 
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo issued the following statement regarding Tony Babauta.
 

“Since Tony started his work for me when I was in the Guam Legislature to his time as a professional staff member on the House Natural Resources Committee as well as during his time as the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Tony has made no secret of his desire to run for public office on Guam. I have always supported his aspirations and given him guidance and counsel based on my five terms as a senator in the Guam Legislature, two terms as lieutenant governor, and seven terms as Guam’s Delegate to Congress. As Tony’s biggest advocate to become the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas and someone who supported him through the good and difficult times in that position, I am disappointed by Tony’s decision to potentially run against me this election.  Regardless, if he files his paperwork by the late June deadline, I look forward to a spirited campaign where I can highlight my record of service and achievements for the people of Guam as well as my vision for Guam’s future. I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve our community throughout my life, and I hope the people of Guam will continue to place their faith in me, just as they have done throughout my 40 years of service to them.”

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  1. Back in 2009, the U.S. Senate finally agreed that WW2 survivors on Guam would be compensated for their suffering at the hands of the Japanese military . There were 2 senators who were opposed to paying the heirs of Guam war survivors because they were concerned the payments could lead to more war claims in the future versions of the defense budget. The senators offered Bordallo a compromise in they would support the measure “if I agreed to limit claims only to those killed during the war and to those living survivors of the occupation,” she said. But the compromise failed and the Armed Services Committee cut the reparations from the defense bill. The compromise failed because Bordallo without consulting with world war 2 survivors refused to accept this compromise. That’s why there hasn’t been any payments to those who are probably in their 90s now. Congresswoman Bordallo REFUSED TO ACCEPT THIS COMPROMISE. I think people need to remember this when they vote in November. I say enough is enough. It’s time to elect someone other than this woman who let these survivors down by not accepting this compromise. She played hardball with the U.S. Senate and lost. That’s the sad reality. Maybe it’s time for some new blood in Congress. The hardest thing about having a job is knowing when it’s time to step away.

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