On the Campaign Trail 2012


(PRESS RELEASE) — Gubernatorial Candidates Afoa Moega Lutu and Le’i Sonny Thompson support S.2009 noting, “our economy is so fragile now, as we are still trying to recover from the loss of the Samoa Packing tuna plant — an increase in minimum wage rates right now would further devastate any effort to stabilize our economy.”

Candidate Afoa stated that “Le’i and I believe that our people should be fairly compensated, and while it would be ideal to have wages comparable to other workers in the mainland U.S., we cannot be ignorant of our remote and unique situation and the fact that American Samoa can not, at this time, afford mainland wage rates. While the wages must be fair, we must ensure that any increases are affordable and our economy can sustain such wage increases. Our businesses must continue to survive and thrive to provide more employment for our people.”

According to the team, “Economic development will be a priority in the Afoa & Le’i administration. The development of businesses and industries will generate jobs and income which will directly result in progress and prosperity in our community. We are committed to working closely with the private sector and especially the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce on initiatives to develop our economy.”


PAGO PAGO — Congressional candidate, American Samoa's GOP nominee for Congress and the longest serving Republican National Committee Member Aumua Amata today expressed her appreciation to her friends in the U.S. House Leadership and Conference without whose votes it would have been impossible for American Samoa to delay the minimum wage hike in an effort to boost the local economy.  

The U.S. House Republican Conference is the formal assembly or caucus of all Republican Members of Congress who outnumber the Democrats by 241 to 191 with three vacancies. 378 Members voted in favor of the bill, 11 were against.

"I want to thank the Big Four: Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling for their support and understanding of the unique circumstances faced by American Samoa which have necessitated this postponement.  As a former congressional staffer who worked for the U.S. House Leadership for ten years I am grateful that when some of us reached out to them at this critical time, they extended a helping hand to American Samoa."

Aumua worked for House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts (R-OK, House Republican Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (R-OH) and Dean of the House Republicans Cong. Phil Crane of Illinois. 

Aumua concluded by saying, "I am extremely proud of our local work force whose product and output is of high quality and I stand behind them all the way.  They absolutely deserve a fair wage for their work and I am confident they will get there when our fragile economy is strong and able to sustain it. I salute them for their patience in understanding the unique situation that calls for a postponement in the minimum wage hike at this time in order to strengthen our local economy and improve the day to day lives of our people."  



Candidate for lieutenant governor, Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young —running mate for governor candidate, Save Liuato Tuitele — waves to passing motorists last Saturday at the Avau area of Nu’uuli. She was joined by friends, family and supporters of the “Save and Sandra” team during the wave event. [photo: FS]


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