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Unity eludes Democratic Party

Posted: Sep 07, 2018 4:21 PM +10:00 Updated:

The Democratic Party central executive committee met last night to address the Aguon/Limtiaco team’s possible write-in campaign.

While the team of Senator Frank Aguon and Alicia Limtiaco has not confirmed they would pursue a write-in bid after losing the primary election, Aguon would not rule out the possibility.

This has led to rumblings in the Democratic Party and last night the party passed a motion to write a letter to the Aguon/Limtiaco team. The letter is being drafted and will be served to Aguon/Limtiaco next week.

“Reaching out to Senator Aguon and Attorney Limtiaco to have them recognize the pledge that they signed and to invite them over so we can all move forward together,” Democratic national committeeman former Senator Rory Respicio said. Respicio is a high-ranking member of the Lou and Josh team’s campaign.

Much has been made of the fact all four Democratic gubernatorial teams signed a party unity pledge that said primary election losers would not run as write-ins and would also “repudiate” or denounce any effort by a third party to draft them as write-in candidates.

Aguon today tells KUAM News the Aguon/Limtiaco will a reach a decision on how they will proceed by Monday. The senator said the team is in discussions with their families on what the next move will be.

“Any effort to continue our campaign on behalf of our people is going to be a challenge,” Aguon said.

While the presumptive Democratic primary winners – Lou Leon Guerrero and Josh Tenorio – have made peace and partnerships with the Gutierrez/Bordallo and Rodriguez/Cruz teams, Respicio said there hasn’t been a real effort by the Democratic Party or Lou and Josh to sit down with the Aguon/Limtiaco team.

“They want to give that gubernatorial team time to heal, and the space is what’s going to make them heal – but you’re right – the longer it takes, the harder it is,” Respicio said.

“I don’t think it’s ever too late to have a conversation,” Aguon said.

Respicio seemed to ramp up the rhetoric by saying the Aguon/Limtiaco team – should they decide to pursue a write-in campaign – would be given the cold shoulder by the Democratic Party.

“I know for sure that if they did launch a write-in campaign, the Democratic Party would not recognize their candidacy. The candidates that would be recognized would be the ones who prevailed in the primary. That’s another thing they have to consider when weighing those options out,” Respicio said.

“I think it’s very unfortunate that Senator Rory is going to make that statement on behalf of the party,” Aguon said.

With election results certification slated to happen Monday, expect to see a resolution of some sort by next week. With Adelup hanging in the balance in the General election, Respicio said unity is a must if the Dems don’t want to take an “L” in November.

“When Democrats don’t get along, Republicans win,” Respicio said.

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