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HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, September 28) – Guam Attorney General Douglas Moylan yesterday said he intends to run as a write-in candidate in the November General Election to ensure that the attorney general's office continues to fight in the U.S. Supreme Court against bond borrowing by the governor.

Supreme Court justices yesterday agreed to accept Moylan's case, which challenges the ability of the governor to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars on the bond market to pay for tax refunds and other debts.

Moylan, who came in last during the Sept. 2 Primary Election, said the two successful candidates -- attorneys Alicia Limtiaco and Vernon Perez -- before the primary said that they would drop the bond case.

However, Limtiaco during a candidates' forum yesterday, said she felt "duty-bound" to continue the bond case, despite personal reservations. Perez would not take a position on the issue, calling it premature.

"Because the actual oral argument and the actual decision on the (bond) case won't occur until after the first term (of the attorney general) ends, I believe that the public should have an option to continue this legal policy direction that I set four years ago when I sent the letter to the governor in June 2003 and started this course," Moylan said of his write-in campaign.

Moylan said this is a rare opportunity for Guam residents to have a question answered by the nation's highest court.

"For any attorney general to refuse to hear this or to dismiss the case, ... or not to put their 100 percent in on it, ... would be a disservice to the people of Guam," he said.

Moylan said lawmakers want to borrow money on the bond market, and he accused them of changing the election process for the attorney general because of it.

Senators this year changed the election law for attorney general and public auditor, requiring all candidates for those offices to first participate in the Primary Election, with only the top two vote-getters advancing to the November General Election. The change was made to ensure that the attorney general has the support of a majority of voters, lawmakers said.

When Moylan was chosen as the island's first elected attorney general in 2002, all four candidates participated in the General Election.

"They wanted to borrow money and they knew that this attorney general would not permit them to do that," Moylan said.

According to the Guam Election Commission, prospective write-in candidates need to send a letter of intent to the commission, listing any name variations they would like to be counted as write-ins.

September 28, 2006

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