Saipan Rep. says Sen. Espaldon must have "flawed telepathy"Written by Rebecca Elmore
Guam - More details have been revealed in the ethical scandal facing Republican Senator Jim Espaldon.
Saipan Representative Ed Propst told Bob Klitzkie on K-57’s “Tall Tales” that the senator must have some sort of “flawed telepathy” to know enough about the procurement deal without knowing that his former chief of staff was involved.
Probst said the first red flag popped up when a newly incorporated company called “GPSM” acquired a lucrative deal for a so-called emergency contract in the CNMI. GPSM was trying to secure an 11.7 million procurement for a megawatt generator until allegations of a conflict of interest came to light.
“I had some confidential informants that sent me some information on it and continued to uncover, all the things were major red flags and were essentially fraudulent. Essentially, the first day of negotiations, (we were told that) the chief negotiator or spokesman was Sen Jim Espaldon, and when he said that a lot of eyes lit up and of course, we had several questions about that," Propst said.
Apparently, Espaldon’s former chief of staff Phillip Roberto served as the Vice President of GPSM, but somehow, Probst says Espaldon claims he didn’t know this, even though the local lawmaker served as the chief negotiator for the exact same company.
Propst said the entire matter was, “deeply concerning” and is now questioning why Espaldon would go through all those negotiations for free.
At one point during the Tall Tales interview, Klitzkie asked Propst, “are you saying that Espaldon didn’t know that Phil Roberto was the Vice President of the company?”
To which Propst said, “Yes, when after the hearing, and Senator Espaldon wanted to talk with me, I asked him if he thought there was a conflict of interest and he said he had no knowledge. I find that hard to believe that this would never come up...Is Senator Jim Espaldon saying he was never promised anything for being the chief negotiator because why would you do it for free?” Propst quipped.
Meanwhile, Senator Espaldon told PNC yesterday that there is currently an ongoing investigation with CNMI's OPA.