Politics

Guam Delegate Leaving Congress After Primary Loss

Madeleine Bordallo loses after 16 years in office

Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo got 48 percent of the vote compared to challenger Michael San Nicolas’ 51 percent in the Democratic primary in Guam. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Guam’s Del. Madeleine Bordallo will leave Congress after losing the Democratic primary in the territory on Saturday.

State Sen. Michael San Nicolas said Bordallo conceded in a phone call to him after he defeated the incumbent who served for 16 years, the Guam Daily Post reported.

“I respectfully ask that all honors and respect due to a paragon of public service be afforded to her, and look forward to working hand in hand with her to ensure continuity of the people's interests in Washington, D.C.,” San Nicolas said.

San Nicolas won with 51.48 percent of the vote to Bordallo’s 48.08 percent.

San Nicolas now will face Republican Doris Flores Brooks in November.

“I thank the Lord and the people for their blessings, trust and confidence, and look forward to continuing to serve both if it be their will come November,” San Nicolas said.

Last year, the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics found “there is substantial reason to believe that Del. Bordallo received profit from a foreign government” after it was revealed she was landlord to Japanese consulate in Guam.

Bordallo’s free lodging and meals at Outrigger Guam Resort were also scrutinized because the resort was owned by a family member.

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