So close, yet so far

Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to buy something, such as a pair of pants that cost $39, and all you’ve got is cash — worth $36.40? You’re only $2.60 short! There’s gotta be some extra money in my pockets! You empty everything out, pulling out those lint-covered nickels and dimes and then recount all of your money in front of the cashier. Now you’ve got $36.44 but still not enough. Now the lady behind you comes to the rescue, picks up your item and rings it up with her own banking card, and you’re left holding a few seemingly useless bills.

That must have been how Frank Aguon Jr. and his running mate, Alicia Limtiaco, felt during the recent Democratic primary for governor. “Only missed it by 256! Can’t we count it one more time, this time by hand?”

Yep, it’s definitely how they felt.

Well, despite Typhoon Manghkut’s best efforts to delay the certification of the primary election for governor of Guam, the results were certified only a day late on Sept. 12. Local banker Lou Leon-Guerrero and Joshua Tenorio have been declared winners in the primary and, therefore, are the official Democratic Party’s nominees for governor and lt. governor in the Nov. 6 general elections.

The drama doesn’t end there though — will be back to that in a minute.

Speaking of Tenorios, I can only imagine some in the Republican establishment kicking themselves just a little for not having primary challengers to the incumbent candidate, Ray Tenorio on the Tenorio-Ada ticket. Ok, they are kicking themselves a lot after the “gun grabbing” incident on July 7 involving the lt. governor and police officer Carl Cruz. While the details are totally disputed, no one is disputing that Tenorio did grab the officer's gun at the Pleasure Island Block Party on July 7 and that i