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Gubernatorial candidates lob potshots over social media

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Although the gubernatorial candidates aren't scheduled to face-off until the University of Guam, they have a lot to say about one another on social media. On the incumbent Eddie Calvo's Youtube channel last night a video was posted with Calvo-Tenorio spokesperson Kate Baltazar continuing to push Democrat gubernatorial candidate Carl Gutierrez to open the books on his finances when he was governor of Guam.

Baltazar said it's been six days since Calvo asked Gutierrez to open himself to an audit of his wealth acquired while he was governor, saying, "To find out how he acquired Urunao and built that beach resort with a meager civil servant's salary. How did he manage to travel so much? What kind of credit card use came at the taxpayers' expense? What about the bricks around his private residence that match the ones up Triangle Park and San Ramon Hill?"

In response the Gutierrez-Gumataotao campaign says Calvo is just trying to distract and evade the question as to whether he or his administration gave out a $3.6 million tax writeoff to one of his family businesses. Gutierrez responded his tax records are an open book and that Calvo as the tax commissioner already has the power to audit him.

Meanwhile in an interview Wednesday Calvo responded to the Gutierrez question on taxes saying he has not given any writeoff to his family or a Calvo business "but for some reason my opponent is a broken record."

In response the Gutierrez-Gumataotao campaign says Calvo is just trying to distract and evade the question as to whether he or his administration gave out a $3.6 million tax writeoff to one of his family businesses and whether he would submit to an independent forensic audit and not by the Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks who he has referred to a former Republican senator. Gutierrez responded his tax records are an open book and that Calvo as the tax commissioner already has the power to audit him.

Meanwhile late this afternoon Calvo wrote a letter to Gutierrez stating that after much reflection he could see why he would not believe Brooks is independent because she uncovered the questioned costs, missing records, theft and corruption that occurred in his administration. Calvo added that to quell the issue he will let Gutierrez choose who will conduct the forensic audit and investigation. 

Calvo and Gutierrez will go head to head in next Thursday's Great Debate at UOG. You can watch and listen to the debate live on the stations of KUAM.
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