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Gubernatorial teams face-off for last time

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Before hundreds of people last night, your gubernatorial heavyweights matched-up off for the final time before Super Tuesday. From the very beginning the gloves were off in Thursday's throwdown at the UOG Great Debate.

The Eddie Calvo-Ray Tenorio team went was up first - incumbent Governor Calvo started by standing up for his integrity, saying, "My opponent has spent about a month and a lot of effort on just one campaign tactic the lie that I gave tax writeoffs to a family business in the past few days after  I said so many times no it has been proven a lie and I'm sure he's going to say more charges , but I ask you Mr. Gutierrez you're looking in the wrong place but - this is not the Gutierrez administration."

As for the Carl Gutierrez-Gary Gumataotao team, they shared their opening comments. Former governor Gutierrez more reserved while Gumataotao came out swinging as he pounded away on the $3.6 million tax writeoff controversy. "We need leaders who care for every single one not just for a select few leaders who are able to come to you to answer questions directly and unscripted," said Gutierrez.

Gumataotao charged out with, "Why did you do it? Because you are self-dealing. Because you're corrupt. Because you do things to help your family. You didn't do it for the people of Guam - your job is to by the fiduciary to take care of the people where's the $3.6 million, is it the $3 million you gave to the university. Last time I looked, if you rob a bank you give the money back you're still a crook."

And the blows continued in the following rounds with the lieutenant governor candidates who were asked a track of questions ranging from how to effectively market the Guam brand, their plans to protect Guam's marine resources and a question related to public safety. On this particular issue incumbent Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio took time to respond to a comment his opponent made during their last bout before the Guam Medical Association. Specifically Gumataotao's comment regarding how he worked the law and Tenorio worked the streets, referring to Tenorio's time as a police officer.

Tenorio said, "Think about that for a minute - you just work the streets. Well, these officers you see in uniform, they worked the streets every single day they go out there when its time for a storm when its time for Christmas holiday or new years eve or liberation I just worked the streets along with them for 15 years and I'm proud of that so if you want to insult the fire department and the police officers the guys who just work the streets you better think again, Gary, because it comes down to the Customs, DOC, Fore, GPD, working together. Yeah I just work the streets and I got that badge of honor for 15 years."

Gumataotao said, "Let's talk about what you've done through your administration you've done nothing, Ray. Okay, we're down to just under 300 officers if you believe the reports that come out of GPD but when you talk to the officers only about 120 on the street how often do you drive around and you don't see a police officer its because we don't have enough police officers. The first thing we're going to do is hire 100 police officers and buy cars a complete fleet and get equipment for these people because they don't have it because I live on Guam and Guam is very unsafe in the last three and half years because you did not do your job."

Calvo and Gutierrez meanwhile answered several questions related to education and the economy, their political ideologies, investment opportunities, their relationship with the Legislature, homelessness, healthcare, self determination and employment opportunities for graduates. The Great Debate marked the final round of debates before a champ is announced after next week's general election.

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