Barnett not shocked by Blacklist 12 scandal, says his grassroots campaign will continue

Democratic senatorial candidate Darrell “Chris” Barnett is not letting the Democratic Party of Guam’s ex-attorney’s blacklist get in the way of his push to be your senator.

Mr. Barnett was one of nine democrat senatorial candidates crossed out on a sample ballot Vanessa Williams began promoting last weekend. She also crossed out the names of gubernatorial team Michael San Nicolas and Sabrina Salas Matanane, and congressional candidate Sen. Telena Nelson. Ms. Williams resigned shortly after the scandal broke.

“It is sad that I am not shocked by this latest attack from within our Party leadership,” Mr. Barnett wrote in a statement. “The attorney’s resignation was the right thing to do since she crossed the ethical line of her duties to the party and lost the trust of those she publicly tried to cancel.”

That loss in trust is growing as the fallout from the scandal, dubbed The Blacklist 12, continues. The Democratic Party of Guam and Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero have tried to distance themselves from the scandal, though both have praised and defended Ms. Williams in their statements. The blacklisted democrats and their families and supporters have not been persuaded by the rhetoric from the governor’s campaign and the party leadership, which are aligned with her. Speaker Therese Terlaje, another of the blacklisted democrats, said the effort against her and other democrats will not silence her advocacy for the issues that matter to the people of Guam.

“I’ll just keep working hard because I know that our voters don’t need people in power to make up their minds for them,” Mr. Barnett said. “The support I have received from our people during my campaign has been overwhelmingly encouraging and humbling. I am running as a Democrat because I believe that my grassroots campaign will connect with our people, and I refuse to let politics get in the way of that.”


  • Frank Perez

      08/03/2022 at 10:26 AM

    It’s these kind of shenanigans that upset the expected victories of hopefuls who think it is a shoe in for them. Consider the Clinton/Trump fiasco. It could happen here. What is assumed to be the status quo may not happen at all. What is one lawyer at the bottom of a lake? A good start! She had just a tad enough bit of ethics to resign!

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