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Democrats: People not happy with GOP administration

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THE NMI people have not seen real progress and are not happy with what is going on in the Commonwealth under the Republican administration, the Democratic Party candidates said.

In a press conference following the announcement of their “pledge to the people” on Thursday, the NMI Democratic Party hopefuls said, “action speaks louder than words.”

Precinct 5 House candidate Leila Staffler said if there is no transparency, it is very hard to see if there really is progress. The lack of accountability, she added, makes it hard to measure the progress being made in the economy. But “the math that we are having right now is we are in the negative,” she said.

For her part, Precinct 2 Rep. Tina Sablan said what they  know is that in the last four years, the Commonwealth government deficit grew.

She accused the Republican administration of "fiscal mismanagement, breaking laws with impunity and allowing a monopoly industry (the casino) to violate our laws and the license again and again without consequences."

NMI Democratic candidates, family members and other supporters held a roadside waving event on Friday at Garapan Fishing Base, Beach Road. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

Sablan said the people have been affected by “deficit spending, mismanagement, poor governance, and unfair furloughs that violated employees’ rights.”

“Ask the people if they are better off. Ask them what progress they see,” she added.

She said the people are not happy. “They have not seen progress trickle down to their level, and only a few really benefited from the so-called ‘super economy’ that the Republican administration boasted about a few years ago.”

She added, “We want the kind of economy that lifts everybody, the progress that means something to the people we represent.”

Rep. Richard Lizama, who is seeking reelection in Precinct 5, said the Democratic Party is committed “to make a change.”

Precinct 1 candidate Antonio Blas “Potu” Cabrera said the people need new voices in the Legislature, and representatives who will “work diligently and strategically to uncover and discover a common vision to move us forward from this economic setback we are facing.”

 

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