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CSC: Blas resignation renders complaint "moot"

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 3:49 PM Updated:

The curious case of Amanda Blas continues. The republican senatorial candidate made headlines after KUAM News reports questioned whether or not she should have resigned when she officially decided to run for senator The Civil Service Commission said yes, Blas and the Governor said no.

A written complaint - based on our reports - filed at the CSC questioning Blas’ eligibility as a candidate. The Governor standing by his opinion that Blas was a special assistant – even though she was listed as an ‘executive director’ of the Commission on Decolonization on Adelup staffing patterns and she signed off on financial disclosures as an ‘executive director.’

“I am a special assistant,” Blas told KUAM News on July 2.

“As far as my legal advice, she has all the ability to run for office,” Governor Eddie Calvo said when we asked him if Blas should resign.

 “Bottom line, we’re following the rules and the law,” Calvo said.

Special assistant, executive director – the two different titles didn’t add up. When KUAM News obtained Blas’ personnel files, the only thing that added up was the pay raise Blas got when she resigned as a staff assistant in 2017 – her salary jumped from $45,000 to $82,000 when she was hired – in black and white - as executive director of the COD.

Long story short – Blas should’ve resigned from her job when she filed her official candidacy for senator on June 22. Other senatorial candidates and at least one Lt. Governor Candidate had to resign from their GovGuam jobs to run for political office.

Now, KUAM News has learned, it appears Blas has suddenly seen the light.

KUAM News was able to obtain an email Blas sent to COD members – saying she gave the Gov her resignation letter on July 6 – just a couple days after our stories aired. Blas saying her last day as executive director will be on July 23.

“I don’t believe it was necessary,” Governor Calvo said today. “I do believe that by law she was able to run for the Legislature, Amanda did come to me and advise that she felt it was in the best interest for all involved including focusing on the key issues affecting our government, that she step down,” Calvo said.

Blas tells KUAM News she has no intention of returning to Adelup as a special assistant and today the Governor agreed when we asked him if Blas would be rehired.

“Uh, No,” Calvo said.

But what about the complaint filed against her? By the time her last day at Adelup rolls around, Blas will have been running for senator for a month – holding down a job she should’ve had to quit the minute she became a candidate – a glaring violation of Guam law.

“If she’s no longer working for the government, the issue is almost moot, well actually, it is moot because the only action we could’ve taken would’ve been a suspension,” Pete Calvo said.

Calvo says the CSC has been learning new information about Blas by watching KUAM News – in fact, the CSC hasn’t been able to get Blas’ personnel files or resignation letter yet – but he says when they do, it’ll be presented to the CSC board, but by that time it may be too little, too late.

“The commission may decide - well, we don’t want to move forward with this, it’s not relevant anymore, what more can we do,” Calvo said.

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