UOG President Underwood Says He Is Not Endorsing Anyone and Wants Gutierrez Camapign Ad Pulled

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Guam – UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood today [Wednesday] issued a statement saying that he is not endorsing any candidate for Senator or Governor in this November’s General Election.

The statement was issued following the airing of a recent television commercial from the Gutierrez-Aguon Gubernatorial team which shows old video of Underwood praising Gutierrez’s leadership.

The statement is reprinted in full below:

In his current role as President of the University of Guam and as an active government employee, Robert A. Underwood cannot publicly endorse a candidate for office. In his contract with the Board of Regents, he is constrained from political activities in the same manner as any other Government of Guam employee.

“It is my intent to adhere to the letter of law and my contract,” said Underwood. “I cannot and do not endorse any candidate for governor or senator.”

“The recent unauthorized use of my voice and words in a political television advertisement and email letter taken from an event held 12 years ago when the community welcomed President Clinton to Guam is not appropriate. I have asked the Gutierrez Aguon campaign to remove my voice and words from their traditional and social media advertising,” added Underwood.

The University community is committed to its mission of Ina, Diskubre, Setbe. In support of its mission, the University of Guam has hosted and will continue to host events that offer opportunities for political candidates to make their positions known to UOG students and to the community at large.  It is through these and other campus-based events that the University engages in public discussion regarding candidate platforms and issues of concern to our community. 

UNDERWOOD DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY CANDIDATE FOR SENATOR OR GOVENOR

In his current role as President of the University of Guam and as an active government employee, Robert A. Underwood cannot publically endorse a candidate for office. In his contract with the Board of Regents, he is constrained from political activities in the same manner as any other Government of Guam employee.

“It is my intent to adhere to the letter of law and my contract,” said Underwood. “I cannot and do not endorse any candidate for governor or senator.”

“The recent unauthorized use of my voice and words in a political television advertisement and email letter taken from an event held 12 years ago when the community welcomed President Clinton to Guam is not appropriate. I have asked the Gutierrez Aguon campaign to remove my voice and words from their traditional and social media advertising,” added Underwood.

The University community is committed to its mission of Ina, Diskubre, Setbe. In support of its mission, the University of Guam has hosted and will continue to host events that offer opportunities for political candidates to make their positions known to UOG students and to the community at large.  It is through these and other campus-based events that the University engages in public discussion regarding candidate platforms and issues of concern to our community.