A possible tandem of Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Senate President Ralph Torres (R-Saipan) could hinge on reunifying the Covenant Party and the Republican Party, along with independents that were previous GOP members.
“We have to address this issue of the [political] party situation… They could go in tandem but definitely you can’t have a running mate that runs under a different political party, right? So that has to be addressed,” Inos told Saipan Tribune.
Inos, a former GOP member, is now the titular head of the Covenant Party, while Torres is a Republican.
Torres said that no final decision has been made on his 2014 political plans. He said his priorities remain the same, including working with the Inos administration on addressing critical CNMI issues and reunifying the Republican Party. The Senate president called on former Republicans, including Inos, to rejoin the GOP.
Inos said the Covenant Party leadership is still deliberating on this.
“It’s something that I would have to seek their guidance and hopefully we do something positive for our future,” he said.
Former governor Benigno R. Fitial left the Republican Party to form the Covenant Party to support his gubernatorial bid.He became governor on his second attempt and was re-elected.
Fitial later rejoined the GOP, causing many Republicans to leave the party. Many Covenant Party members—including Inos—did not follow Fitial to the Republican Party. Some former GOP members later called themselves Independent-Republicans.
Besides Inos, other possible contender for governor in the 2014 elections is former House speaker Heinz Hofschneider.
Hofschneider’s camp is wooing Rep. Ralph Yumul (Ind-Saipan), among others, to be his running mate. As of yesterday, Yumul said he’s not considering the invitation until Hofschneider directly talks to him about it.