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THE ethics complaint filed by Independent congressional delegate candidate Jon Diaz has been dismissed.
Sen. Rory Respicio, majority leader and rules committee chairman, sent a letter dated July 25 to Diaz acknowledging receipt of his complaint. But Respicio explained that the complaint didn’t meet the “elements” of the 31st Guam Legislature’s standing rules.
“Consequently, I am returning your complaint due to lack of legislative jurisdiction,” Respicio stated in the letter.
Respicio also referred to Rule 8 under the Rules of Procedure for the Legislative Committee on Ethics and Standards which states that while complaints must be in writing and signed by the complainant, “complaints and information about senators and employees of the Legislature must be verified as true or that the complainant believes to be true under threat of penalty and perjury under the laws of Guam.”
The rule also stated that all complaints shall be made no later than July 2. Diaz filed 17 days after the deadline.
Diaz, meanwhile, said he knew this was going to happen.
“I’m contemplating at this point that the people of Guam need to hold the line as taxpayers because we expect our legislators to work for us and not hide behind a rule,” he said.
Diaz filed the complaint more than a week ago claiming Republican opponent Sen. Frank Blas should have recused himself from voting on the measure to include Independent candidates on the primary ballot. Diaz believes there is a conflict of interest since Blas is also running for Congress.
Diaz has also sent a request to the Federal Election Commission but was told by the federal agency that it only investigates campaign contributions.