Del’s final annual speech. Michael San Nicolas as Guam’s only elected representative to the U.S. Congress drew strong condemnation from his rival’s gubernatorial campaign.

“(He) took an age-old tradition — the state of Congress address — and turned it into a speech that tore the people of Guam apart instead of uplifted them,” said Rory Respicio, campaign manager for the Re-election committee. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio.

San Nicolas and his running mate Sabrina Salas Matanane are in the hunt for the island’s top local office and are in the midst of their first main challenge against Democratic incumbents.

“True to form, San Nicolas took just three minutes to turn his last speech to Congress into an attack on Lourdes Governor Leon Guerrero,” Respicio said. “And we can’t help but notice the glaring omission of why San Nicolas isn’t coming back to Congress: the Congressional Ethics Committee’s conviction and referral to the Justice Department for campaign irregularities. financial.”

San Nicolas painted a bleak picture of Guam during her speech, a direct contrast to the governor’s recent state of the island address, in which she said Guam was growing and getting stronger every day.

In his remarks, delivered Monday, San Nicolas said Guam’s economy had deteriorated due to local politics, and took a swipe at the governor for allegedly ignoring the delegate’s role in bringing in more money. $1 billion in federal pandemic funding in Guam. .

“San Nicolas has cast a smokescreen by listing all the accomplishments of the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration during the pandemic and claiming them as his own, and releasing a two-year-old video of a fellow Democrat praising him,” Respicio said. “San Nicholas had no messages of encouragement for our people, or for them. Instead, his message was aimed at discrediting our island’s work moving forward. His speech chastised, chastised and said people that we should be spending all of our federal money now, instead of using some of those funds for sustainable investments in our island’s collective future.”

The delegate repeated his criticism of the governor’s plan to allocate portions of US bailout funds to help build a new hospital. He said there was no way Guam would compel and then spend the ARP money to build the hospital by the 2024 and 2026 deadlines, respectively.

But Leon Guerrero told reporters that a hospital would be built in less than four years.

“Blaming others and trying to take credit for the hard-working efforts of our local government employees who have done their best to provide federal and local funds to our people in times of need, but also, at a time when we must encourage our people to look to the future and help them recover and rebuild,” Respicio said. “These are not the traits of a true leader,” he added.