November 14, 2012
It was reported that Lt. Governor Eloy Inos is ready to step into the governorship.
Will Governor Fitial respect the mandate of the people and Legislature and step down now? If he follows his pattern of putting his personal and political agenda before the needs of the people and the Commonwealth then he will hang on to his position for as long as he can. He will use the months or weeks that it takes to hold the new impeachment hearings to make the final backdoor deals and push through the last unethical wink and nod schemes.
Dragging out the inevitable by staying in office instead of resigning will further harm the CNMI, as legislators will be focusing on impeachment rather than pressing issues. Fitial corruption has lead to economic, political and social disasters. The longer that the governor stays in office, the longer the decline and suffering will continue. It is past time to focus on the fiscal calamity, the healthcare disaster, the retirement fiasco, the mafia-like attitude that has poisoned the Department of Public Safety and the many problems with the CNMI-Only Guest Worker Program. All of the critical problems that face the CNMI have Governor Fitial's fingerprints are all over them. Governor Fitial must step down.