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The Republicans' top vote-getter tells KUAM News she 'anticipated' she would have a hard time becoming the Minority Leader because she did not support the BOTA team. Sen. Mary Torres today speaking out on the controversial Republican caucus that saw Sen. Wil Castro and BOTA loyalists take minority leadership positions for the incoming 35th Guam Legislature.

"Yeah, I anticipated it," Torres said, saying she knew getting the votes she needed to become the minority leader would be a challenge. "But at the same time too, I was getting a lot of people reaching out to me saying hey if we're going to rebuild, we really need you to help."

GOP party chair Jerry Crisostomo told KUAM News in an exclusive report that Torres should have been the minority leader - and Torres agrees, saying she had what it took to lead Republicans at the Guam Congress Hall.

"The experience, not only the tenure, but the successes I've had being a Sen. - plus my success in the bipartisan reach - not only with the leadership now, but potentially with the incoming administration - that's a huge plus," Torres said.

 

Torres did not support the losing Republican team of Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio and Tony Ada, and we asked her if that was why she was left out of leadership positions after caucus.

"Absolutely," Torres said. "It's really a matter of trust, I think. I was made to feel that I wasn't chosen because I couldn't be trusted by them."

Torres did admit she attended Lou and Josh campaign events - but she says she wasn't the only Republican who did so.

"You show up where the crowds are," Torres said. "You show you're humble enough to ask for the vote of the other party - and I wasn't the only one that showed up."

Torres said when she saw the writing on the wall in caucus, she went with it - voting for Castro as Minority Leader.

"I'm not going to be bitter," Torres said. "And I'm not not going to go along with the vote if that's the consensus of the group - sometimes we lose, and that's fine."

While Torres did say she felt she would have been the best choice for minority leader, she's more upset that she was listed as a 'minority member' on the GOP's press release about the caucus. Torres said that release seemed to rub in that she was shut out of leadership by her colleagues.

"It's not even a legitimate title, so why do you have to do an official press release, putting in something that wasn't even part of the discussion, is not even part of the agenda? Really, it's very condescending," Torres said.

Torres said the events that took place in caucus come with the territory.

"Some people in politics can be very narcissistic and ambitious, and I see through all of them," Torres said.

Torres, the most senior Republican Sen., said she'll continue to work with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle and when we asked if she was confident in Castro's leadership, she stopped short of saying yes.

"I'm just going to go with the flow at this point, Chris," Torres said.

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