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Henry Taitano re-nominated to as GEDA administrator

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Hoping second time's the charm, the Guam Economic Development Authority's board of directors once again nominated Henry Taitano to lead their team.

"But I think that the board still feels strongly that he is our strongest candidate to be our permanent administrator. I think we need to send the message to the governor affirming our confidence in Mr. Taitano," said Ricardo Duenas. And with that the GEDA board of directors unanimously approved that a recommendation be sent down to the Governor's Office to nominate Taitano once again as its permanent administrator. It was earlier this month when Taitano's nomination went before the Legislature, and in just a week's time, had a confirmation hearing and vote before lawmakers. That however was rife with controversy over allegations of Taitano's previous business ventures specifically involvement with LLCs and LLPs raised by Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz.

And with Taitano falling one vote short of the confirmation, the GEDA board of directors questioned why the need for legislative approval in the first place. "Why would we have to get this position approved by the Legislature because the board members have all been confirmed by the Legislature," he said.

While director George Chiu questioned the redundancy, the board's legal counsel noted that under GEDA's enabling act it does provide that the Legislature have advising consent authority over the appointments. And with the board's vote of confidence along with Governor Eddie Calvo who had previously voiced his support behind Taitano saying he would re-nominate him again, Taitano, present during today's meeting, says he's feels humbled for the experience.

"I'm very honored that the governor and board have continued to support my nomination for this position. For me, it's definitely exciting and I look forward to working with the legislature to iron out the issues they've had in the previous vote," he said.

And to clear up any concern, Taitano plans on meeting with all the senators before his next confirmation hearing. "Like I stated before I don't have any business interest that will put me in any conflict and in fact right now I don't have any business interest, so I look forward to working with them," he said.

In the interim, the board appointed deputy administrator Mana Silva Taijeron as the acting administrator. 

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