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Gutierrez says Calvo is dodging debates

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Democrat gubernatorial candidate former governor Carl Gutierrez says his Republican opponent, incumbent Eddie Calvo, is dodging debates and forums. Just today the Guam Women's Chamber of Commerce announced that Calvo would not be participating in their conversation with the gubernatorial candidates event scheduled for next week. Also today, the Guam Chamber of Commerce announced the Calvo-Tenorio team was not participating in their gubernatorial forum scheduled for tomorrow, which was co-sponsored with the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association and Guam Contractors Association.

Gutierrez said, "My schedule had been moved around to accommodate the people of Guam to listen and its sad that the people of Guam will not be able to hear the facts and for Calvo to tell the people of Guam what he's thinking and to tell the truth. So I call on Governor Calvo to please, please do not hide from the public the people of Guam deserve that you and I discuss the issues you and I get our facts out there and let the people of Guam decide. You cannot run and you cannot hide. And I think your tactics today just shows that you have something to hide. You wouldn't answer the question of did you give a member of your family business a member of the Calvo business a $3.6 million tax write off and I ask that so many times five times at least and you won't answer, except that you come back with double speak a lawyerly answer that makes it looks like your answering, but you're not."

Calvo on the other hand says he never received the invitation to participate in the rescheduled Women's Chamber event and has a conflict with the schedule because he is appearing at a function to raise awareness about family violence. Unlike Gutierrez, Calvo says he is the governor of Guam, saying, "These appear to be the rantings of an angry and desperate man and an angry and desperate campaign. We've had one forum and two debates and I plan to see him in the great debate this October 30. Again, I have no problem showing the record of this administration and our vision for the future as well as having our opponent him an opportunity to rant and rave."

The governor additionally said, "I have stated very clearly that I have not given any write-off to any one of our family, the Calvo family nor a Calvo businesses but for some reason, my opponent is a broken record and has not listened or heard to those statements. As a matter of fact, he seems to have not confidence in the elected public auditor - he has no confidence in an elected Consolidated Commission on Utilities, he has no confidence in an elected board of education, so it appears he has no confidence In the people of Guam.

"Again, I have to be a governor as well, but seen as the previous two debates and I anticipate the October 30 debate, we have again an opponent and campaign that is desperate and angry."

The October 30 debate is the University of Guam's Great Debate. You can watch that debate live on the stations of KUAM.

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