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THE Democratic Party of Guam wants the island to know they are still united.

The party held a meeting Tuesday night at the Sinajaña Community Center, where 200 Democrats attended and witnessed Delegate Madeleine Bordallo and former Gov. Carl T.C. Gutierrez shake hands in full support of vetoed Bill 413-31, the election reform measure.

Sen. Rory Respicio, the Majority leader, said seeing the two icons together again felt “like old times.”

“It was energizing,” Respicio said.

“Our party is alive and well. While the opposition would have residents believe otherwise, we remain united as the Democratic Party of Guam and continue to be a force to be reckoned with in our island’s political landscape,” Respicio added.

Democratic Party spokesman Carlo Branch said one of the Dededo constituents asked Bordallo if she heard about any progress in the case related to the 2010 election. Bordallo said she had not.

Branch said the member then asked if she would be willing to begin a congressional inquiry as to the status of those complaints, wherein Bordallo answered yes, she would do so.

The party has already drafted a resolution on the matter which will be submitted to Bordallo today.

The Variety contacted Bordallo’s office about the inquiry by the constituent and she issued the following response: “Tuesday night I was informed at the Democratic Party’s Central Executive Committee meeting that they are awaiting a response from the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the status of their complaint of alleged election irregularities. As part of my official duties as Guam’s Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, I informed them that once I receive a formal request,  I will consider the request and make an official inquiry with the U.S. Attorney relative to the disposition of the complaint, and ask the U.S. Attorney to respond and take appropriate action.”

Calvo response

Upon hearing the Democratic Party’s plan, Troy Torres, Gov. Eddie Calvo’s communications director, issued the following statement: “They can call the President and invite the United Nations to conduct an investigation. They can also call Ghostbusters if they want,” Torres said. "Perhaps that will stop this insane desire for power when it's revealed that Gov. Calvo and Lt. Gov. (Ray) Tenorio won the election, despite improprieties that occurred from the other side. While they are spending all their time on this one issue, Gov. Calvo, his administration and the Republican senators will be busy doing the real work the people expect from them.”

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