Del. Michael San Nicolas has released a letter from Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary Michael DiRoma that affirms San Nicolas' war claims co…
It's Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero's choice to continue to pay former Del. Madeleine Bordallo to be her liaison officer, or communicator, in Washington, D.C.
However, when it comes to who ultimately represents Guam in the nation's capital and in the U.S. Congress, a majority of Guam's voters decided last year it's time for Del. Michael San Nicolas to be that voice without any distractions. Bordallo was Guam's delegate in Congress for more than a decade but she lost to San Nicolas, in a clear victory for the latter, despite many Guam Democratic leaders' lack of support for the freshman member of Congress during the primary.
In an ideal situation, Bordallo's $50,000-a-year liaison work for the governor's office would be focused on supporting rather undermining – whether intended or not – San Nicolas' efforts in the nation's capital on behalf of the people of Guam.
On Wednesday, San Nicolas had to release a letter from the U.S. Treasury Department to clarify that his legislation, H.R. 1365, would suffice as corrective legislation following the lack of language in the Bordallo-introduced war reparations bill. Bordallo's bill, which became law, authorized payment of reparations to the CHamoru victims of Japanese atrocities in World War II. However, Bordallo's bill lacked key language that would authorize the Treasury Department to cut the checks for the Guam war survivors who have been awarded wartime reparations.
San Nicolas' bill is scheduled for a markup hearing Thursday in the House Natural Resources Committee.
On the eve of the markup, Bordallo unnecessarily criticized San Nicolas' bill as flawed.
Bordallo told The Guam Daily Post in a phone interview Wednesday that she spoke with certain House Natural Resources Committee members who told her there were errors in San Nicolas' bill that needed to be corrected.
San Nicolas said there was no need for so-called corrections because the legislation was reviewed by staffers at the committee level as it was being developed.
The bottom line for Bordallo is she needs to either step back or be supportive of Guam's current representative in Congress, especially on efforts that are aimed to benefit Guam as a community.
She cannot continue to use her Guam taxpayer-paid position to appear to sound – still – like a sore election loser.
It's her bill that San Nicolas is trying to fix, ultimately, to get the checks cut for our wartime victims and survivors.
We need her to be helpful.