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US House Republicans endorse Angel Demapan

THE leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives has endorsed the candidacy of Rep. Angel Aldan Demapan for Congress, saying the  36-year-old lawmakers is the right choice to represent the people of the Commonwealth.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, stated that “Angel has a successful track record of service to the people of the Northern Mariana Islands, and I know he will be an effective advocate for the Commonwealth. He possesses the skill-set and the passion to be a powerful voice in Congress, and I am proud to support his campaign.”

Angel Demapan

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said:

“I am very impressed by the experience Angel Demapan brings to his campaign to be the congressman representing the people of the CNMI. His leadership and ability to understand the challenges facing our country show that Angel is the right person to be the voice of the CNMI in Congress.”

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, said he is “excited to endorse Angel Demapan’s bid to become delegate for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Given Angel’s history of service to his community, I’m confident that he will work tirelessly on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth to ensure their voices and concerns are heard loud and clear.”

For his part, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said:

“I am responsible for helping recruit Republicans to run for Congress. When I heard about CNMI Rep. Angel Demapan, I knew right away that the CNMI was sending one of their very best to Congress. I wholeheartedly endorse Angel’s campaign and look forward to serving with him for many years to come.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee, in a statement, believes that Demapan is the right choice for the CNMI in Congress and his campaign mantra, “I will be your loyal voice to Washington, not Washington’s voice to the CNMI” is exactly what the people of the Commonwealth need.

Demapan expressed his gratitude for the ‘unprecedented endorsement” from the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Before I decided to run for Congress, I made every effort to build relationships with its key leaders for the benefit of our Commonwealth.

“I am sincerely grateful for the endorsement of my friends, Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McCarthy, Majority Whip Scalise and NRCC Chairman Stivers. These fine leaders are aware of our unique challenges in the Commonwealth, and they have shown us their concern for the Marianas by swiftly moving Chairman Rob Bishop’s NMI U.S. Workforce Act.”

Demapan said with a Republican White House over the next two years and signs that Republicans will maintain control of Congress, the CNMI will have a “tremendous opportunity to reap more benefits” by electing a Republican delegate.

“We shouldn’t be swayed by the threats of seniority. We don’t have to look very far. Congresswoman Radewagen, a Republican, broke the long-standing tenure of seniority held by her Democrat predecessor and it resulted in many more tangible benefits for American Samoa. Congresswoman Radewagen was also able to arrange a visit by Vice President Mike Pence to unveil the new name of their Veterans Affairs healthcare facility, a facility we still do not have in the Marianas after ten years [of having a seat[ in Congress,” he said.

 “And in Guam, voters there also decided they’ve had enough with seniority by putting an end to the 16-year term of Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo who lost her  re-election bid to 37-year-old Guam Sen. Michael San Nicolas. So you see, there is hope for our future. Our people do not deserve to be suppressed with the bare minimum all for the sake of seniority. We deserve more than settling with the status quo. We deserve representation that will be fueled by new energy and a fresh voice; representation we can believe in,” Demapan said.