The Saipan Tribune is an amazing read today!
We have a new Letter to the Editor from Holani Smith! How have you been, Holani? I haven't seen you since, oh wait, you're not a real person. I've never seen you! You sure do a good job of attacking Republicans for someone who doesn't exist.
We also have a Letter to the Editor from Dr. Jesus D. Camacho! For those of you who don't know, Dr. Camacho has been to the CNMI exactly one time and has a $48,000 consulting contract with the CNMI government to, um, consult with us and to write the occasional attack piece. We haven't heard from the good doctor in a while, but he makes up for his long silence by actually calling for the Washington Representative to resign. Are you kidding me? The Washington Rep. criticizes the governor and you think he should resign?
Oh wait, I almost started to defend a Republican. I'd better stop.
In political news, Senator Crisostimo officially announced that he is dropping the Democratic Party...after they dropped him. According to Agnes Donato of the Saipan Tribune:
The local Democratic Party refused to endorse Crisostimo's reelection plan because he allegedly displayed disloyalty to the party on several occasions during the 2005 campaign. The party recalled that Crisostimo had formed his own political party, had attended a GOP fundraising event, and had endorsed the candidacy of former Gov. Juan N. Babuata, who is a Republican.Sure, he sounds like a Sheri McInvale Democrat, but come on guys, can't we all just get along?
The incumbent Senator is going to run as an Independent. The Saipan Tribune reports that he'll likely face Republican turned Independent turned Republican Representative Stanley T. Torres, Former Democratic Chair Gabriel B. Babauta, and Covenant Ramon Dela Cruz.
It's going to be a four way race!
I've met Crisostimo and Torres several times, but I don't know Babauta or Dela Cruz. I'm sure we'll get to know them better as the election progresses.
Finally, The front page has a really sad story about a soon-to-be-deported contract worker who set himself on fire at the Department of Labor Office. You read that correctly. He set himself on fire. This story would have made international headlines if it happened anywhere else.
After living and working for minimum wage for 10 years in the CNMI, he chose to take his own life over returning to Nepal. What's going on in Nepal that we don't know about? Coconut wireless reports that this poor soul is in the hospital, but isn't expected to make it. If there was ever a person whose whole body and soul needed prayer, this guy is him.
Alright, it is getting late. I'm supposed to go walking with EJ in the morning.