Former Governor Throws Support Behind Guam Delegate

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Gutierrez chooses not to challenge Bordallo in election

By Brett Kelman

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, May 5, 2012) – Former Gov. Carl Gutierrez will not run for delegate this year and has instead thrown his support behind current Delegate Madeleine Bordallo's bid for re-election.

Carlo Branch, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Guam, said yesterday that Gutierrez had chosen not to run because Bordallo has committed to help the Democrats pursue concerns with the 2010 election.

Gutierrez narrowly lost that election to Gov. Eddie Calvo, and an election challenge lawsuit continues in the Superior Court of Guam. Gutierrez has argued that election violations may have pushed Calvo into Adelup.

Bordallo assisted by recently sending letters asking both the U.S. Attorney on Guam and the Attorney General of the United States to look into alleged voter fraud. Calvo responded by saying that Bordallo was "beholden to party politics."

Branch said the "direction" taken by Bordallo led Gutierrez to give her his political support. Gutierrez will make public statements on this decision on Monday, Branch said.

Gutierrez has previously said he is considering running. He was elected as Democratic Party chairman in December after Bordallo chose not to run for that position.

No one at Bordallo's office could be reached for comment last night.

Sen. Frank Blas Jr., who is the only Republican running for delegate, said he would most likely face a more unified Democratic party if Bordallo and Gutierrez did not face off.

"Obviously, I've never thought that this was going to be an easy fight. I'm going to continue to do the things I need to do to hopefully convince people I'm the better candidate," Blas said. "What happens on the Democrats' side is obviously among the Democrats. There are still some issues between the different groups within that party. That's for them to resolve."

Another Democrat, Karlo Dizon, has picked up a candidate packet for the delegate race, but has not formally announced his campaign.

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