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Gubernatorial race really starting to heat up

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - With six days until the general election, things are heating up in the race to Adelup. Last night the Calvo-Tenorio team says the Gutierrez-Gumataotao camp owes the people of Guam an apology.

Carl Gutierrez has been asking, saying, "Have you ever written-off taxes and penalties to one of your families businesses?", and Governor Eddie Calvo has been responding, maintaining, "The answer is no. I never gave a tax write-off to anyone in my family."

The Gutierrez-Gumataotao campaign has repeatedly suggested that Calvo has given a $3.6 million tax write-off to one of his family businesses. However in a letter sent Tuesday night from Calvo-Tenorio campaign attorney Thomas Fisher to former governor Gutierrez, he says the accusations are a sham. Fisher says the illegally obtained documents the campaign and supporters have circulated and released on the matter and on the internet show the taxpayer was not a Calvo family business.

Governor Calvo's chief policy advisor Arthur Clark said, "This isn't a story of a $3.6 million waiver of penalty and interests - this a story of a company that came - a good corporate citizen - and paid $5.5 million in taxes that wasn't on the radar screens at Rev & Tax."

And that company has now been identified as AIG, which on their own discovered, reported and paid Department of Revenue & Taxation taxes it owed and penalties and interest were waived. The multinational conglomerate has several local companies under its umbrella. "But the bottom line, these are not Calvo family businesses, they're companies to do business with the Calvos," Clark stated. "They do business with other insurers on Guam. The Calvos also do business with other different insurance companies as well."

Although the Calvo-Tenorio campaign is calling on their opponents to issue an apology to the people of Guam, instead in a statement from Gutierrez he says Calvo is continuing to hide behind his spokespeople and attorneys. He continues to criticize him for not participating in recent unscripted debates and forums. The former governor also accuses Calvo of trying to spin the tax write-off controversy in a convoluted way as to confuse the media and the public. 

"No matter how hard his lawyers try to get Eddie Calvo out of this one, I simply submit that their explanations are too little too late."  The Calvo-Tenorio team however disagrees, with Clark saying, "The other side campaign's is a campaign of desperation, so they're trying to throw as much mud in the air as they can, they're hoping some of it is going to stick on the wall. It appears they've hinged their whole campaign on this one allegation, which right now the bubble has burst."

Read Attorney Fisher's letter and Gutierrez's response.
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