Guam - The Democratic Party of Guam has written former governor Carl Gutierrez asking that he back out of the race for public auditor and campaign with the party. The letter, dated September 12, was signed by acting party chairperson Gloria Nelson, Speaker Judi Won Pat, Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, Legislative Secretary Tina Rose Muna Barnes and Majority Leader Rory Respicio, states, "Now more than ever we need your participation. In order for Democratic candidates to succeed this year in Guam, your personal and involved leadership to activate and energize the Democratic base and bring voters out for the general election is needed."
It went on to state, "There are pressing, political issues facing the island, and a strong democrat showing in the legislature, the villages, and in congress is where Guam's best hopes lie. For this reason, we respectfully ask you to consider declining your candidacy on the general election ballot for the office of public auditor and rejoin our party."
Gutierrez was not available for comment when we called this morning, however the Guam Election Commission confirms that today he filed his police and court clearances as well as his financial disclosure report.
According to Democratic Party of Guam Executive Director Carlo Branch, "Going into an election if you're a Democrat without Carl Gutierrez is like being the Chicago Bulls without Michael Jordan".