GIVEN there is no designated “strategist or planner for the Democrat Party” I wanted to take this opportunity to add my two-cents worth of suggestions with my whole-hearted support for the Party. It is clear the Republicans have established a “well define game-plan with power plays” already being executed which is why I’m raising my concerns that are shared by many in the community who want to see real change in our government. As I have said on many occasions, “politics is the ultimate team sport” and one of the most important things about a team sport is “making SURE you don’t beat yourself” and always have “good-plays and a executed game plan.”

People are starting to get concerned or curious about “what Democrat is really going to run for Governor” and its truly time for the Democrats to make it known as the race has already started and there is no Democrat in the race. Elections are “marathons” and the one who gets a head-start has a better chance which is why the Governor & Republicans are making their moves & executing power-plays now. But that doesn’t mean they can’t get caught and passed but there needs to be a runner in the race to do that.

There is talk of Kilili running for Governor which he even admitted to entertaining, but I am writing this to humbly and respectfully PLEAD with him to “REMAIN in Washington” as he is our BEST hope for getting the MOST out of the U.S. Congress, which is truly a very BIG Deal for the CNMI in the 10s of millions. So please stay in Washington Delegate Kilili, as we need YOU! However, that leaves the need for a Democrat Governor & Lt. which I believe Ed Propst &Tina Sablan should be the best runners for the Democrats in this race. So, Ed & Tina please do your homework on WHO is best to replace you for the TEAM so you can change-positions on the Team.  There is also talk of some other Democrats in the House wanting to run for Mayor and the Senate which is their prerogative and I will even support them. BUT, desires to move within the Party to change-your-position need to be addressed first with WHO is best to replace you and do you really have a good chance to even win the new position. I am hoping the Democrats will find someone NEW to run for mayor to build on the Party’s TEAM and not weaken the House’s successful Team! Democrats also need to find some NEW people to run for the Senate but please don’t weaken the House’s Team and try to make it even stronger so there won’t be a need for Republican & Independent help.

I’m saying this because the Democrats have only just now begun to take control of our government and to try and change toooo many players in the present positions can upset the cart and turn it over causing the Democrats to end up taking more steps backwards than forward.  Democrats are approaching the goal line and now is not the time for too many players to be changing positions, especially when there are no subs on the bench. I put this in “pure team mechanics be it football or politics” which I hope will be accepted and even appreciated coming from a real coach. I am a real Political Scientist and I wasn’t wrong when I pushed for the “then Independents to join the Democrat Party” and I’m not wrong now about what is BEST for the Democrat TEAM and I pray this won’t fall on deaf ears, just real soul-food for thought.  To be continued: One people One Direction.

 The writer is an Economist, Political Scientist, retired teacher, former CNMI Board of Education Member, James Madison Fellow (U.S. Constitutional Scholar), a Fulbright-Hays & Humanities Scholar who resides in Kagman III.



Kagman, Saipan

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