NEWS: Hotel room party at taxpayer expense

By Troy Torres

troy@kanditnews.com


(Tumon, Guam) On November 30, 2017, at 1:26 in the morning at the Biltmore hotel in Arizona, the Commonwealth's taxpayers bought Gov. Ralph Torres and his friends two glasses of Johnnie Walker Blue Label at $124, two glasses of Grey Goose vodka at $24, and four glasses of Jameson Irish whiskey at $48. The total round of alcohol cost including taxes cost you $232.86. He paid with cash and was reimbursed by the Commonwealth through a memo signed off by then-Secretary of Finance Larissa Larson.


An hour and seven minutes later, the governor ordered room service amounting to $133.75 for four pizzas, one quesadilla with chicken, and an omelette.


In the justification for cost he said he was hosting a Western Governors Association delegation. It was 2:33 a.m.


This $366.61 hotel room party does not even include the cost of Mr. Torres's first class travel, his room accommodations, or even the other expenses he charged to the Commonwealth in a January 8, 2018 reimbursement memo for $3,043.70 of your money. This is just the latest in Kandit's expose on the governor's blatant misuse of public funds and corruption.




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