04 Apr 2018
- By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
ACTING Gov. Victor Hocog said the Rota Republican Party slate is now complete with him and former fire chief Felix Santos running as senatorial candidates.
In an interview on Tuesday, Hocog said he and Santos will team up with House Floor Leader Glenn Maratita and Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, both of whom are seeking re-election.
Rota’s incumbent Republican senators are Teresita Santos who will run as an independent candidate, and Senate Vice President Steve Mesngon who will run against Mayor Atalig as an independent.
Hocog said it took the Rota GOP some time to finalize the slate because there was some confusion on whether Mesngon was seeking re-election as a senator or running for mayor.
“So I talked to the party officials and asked them to go back to Senator Mesngon and clarify his intent. I told the party that the tradition is when an incumbent is still interested in running for another term, he or she should be given the opportunity to run again for his or her seat,” Hocog said.
He said he understands where Mesngon is coming from, adding that what happened between the Rota party and the senator was “purely a case of miscommunication.”
Hocog added, “But Senator Mesngon should understand too that there are some guidelines when responding to applications. There are opening and closing dates for accepting applications. As an incumbent he should know that and he should have just waited for the party to respond to his letter of intent. He is an incumbent so he should be the priority but then, we didn’t know that he was also considering to run for mayor so that’s where the problem and miscommunication started.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103423-hocog-says-gop-rota-slate-complete