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Calvo challenges Gutierrez to open his books

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Incumbent governor Eddie Calvo on his YouTube channel posted a video challenging his democrat opponent Carl Gutierrez to open his books to public scrutiny. In their last two faceoffs, it's been the one thing Gutierrez continues to ask.

"Have you ever written off taxes and penalties to one of your families businesses? Are you willing to allow us to do a forensics audit is the question?" he said. Calvo responded, "I'll answer it again the answer is no I never gave a tax write off to anyone in my family and I welcome an independent audit by your elected public auditor into the department of revenue and taxation to prove this."

Governor Calvo says he's got nothing to hide. In his video he took it one step further issuing a challenge of his own to his opponent asking him to agree to an audit of his finances and tax records. "For this could answer some questions like how did he require the property in Urunao and how did he pay for the construction of the ranch and the laying of utilities too it we also deserve to know how much taxpayers paid him in monthly stipends to live in his house in Agana Heights while he was governor," he said. "We should look at travel expenses government credit card usage and even on work done on the wall on San Ramon Hill, the one with the cement blocks that look  exactly like the ones around his private residence. These are long standing audit questions that have never been answered by my opponent."

In response to the YouTube video, Gutierrez accuses Calvo of not only continuing to duck the question about taxes, saying, "Instead of answering the question directly, he gave a lawyerly answer where he claims not to have given tax write-offs to a family member but doesn't actually deny giving it to his family business.".

Gutierrez added he didn't ask for an independent audit "not an audit by a former republican senator who just a few months ago, gave in to pressure from him to cook the books and turn a $20 million deficit into a $3 million surplus"

And finally Gutierrez accused Calvo of trying to distract people by airing allegations about him that were first raised 16 years ago. "My tax records and my actions as Governor are an open book. For goodness sake, all my financials have been dissected, autopsied, spliced, and inspected under a microscope," he said.

Here is Gutierrez's response to the governor's challenge:

Once again, instead of answering a simple question directly, or submitting to an independent audit, Governor Calvo has chosen to evade the question and distract you from the truth. For two debates now I have asked him a really simple two-part question: "Did you give a $3.6 million tax write-off to your family business? And if you don't want to answer the question, would you submit to an independent forensic audit of the tax records?"

For two debates now he has ducked the question and now he has released a video where he evaded the question again. Instead of answering the question directly, he gave a lawyerly answer where he claims not to have given tax write-offs to a family member but doesn't actually deny giving it to his family business. I am sorry, Governor, you are not going fool anyone with that one.

He went on further with the sham of calling on Public Auditor Doris Brooks to audit the records when what I asked of him was an Independent Audit  -- not an audit by a former Republican Senator who, just a few months ago, gave in to pressure from him to cook the books and turn a $20 million deficit into a $3 million surplus!

And, finally, just to distract people further, Governor Calvo aired allegations about me that were first raised -- not 5 years ago - or 10 years ago - but in a political campaign 16 years ago. He is doing this just to distract attention from what I'm asking of him: "Did he give a $3.6 million tax write-off to his family business THIS YEAR?"

None of the tired allegations that Eddie Calvo raised in his video have ever been found to have any truth to them at all in the 16 years since they were first raised.  And if anyone doesn't think they were not all thoroughly investigated by the Media, Doug Moylan, and 12 years of Republican Administrations, then they are just not living on the same island as the rest of us. And If Eddie Calvo wants to audit me, he can do so for the same reason he can give tax write-offs to his family. He is the tax commissioner and whether he chooses to abuse his power by harassing his opponents or handing out tax write-offs to his family business, the buck stops with him.

My tax records and my actions as Governor are an open book. For goodness sake, all my financials have been dissected, autopsied, spliced, and inspected under a microscope. Eddie, will you or your family dynasty withstand this same scrutiny? Will you finally give the people a straight answer to a simple question and submit your record as Governor to an independent audit? The people whom you were elected to serve, are waiting for an answer and they deserve one.
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