EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT IS very disheartening to see the staunch Free National Movement (FNM) supporters of Long Island with their heads down and tails between their legs as though they are in mourning.
In fact, Mrs Loretta Butler-Turner won her seat in Long Island with almost half the votes - so where is the love?
At the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) headquarters in Deadman's Cay Monday evening following the results, supporters celebrated at a grill and chill with their candidate Mr Mario Cartwright, and congratulated him on his efforts.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate Mr Alex Storr celebrated late into the evening with the PLP's victory at his headquarters in Lower Deadman's Cay Monday evening as well, and continued with a motorcade yesterday evening despite his loss on Long Island. And where was Mrs Butler-Turner throughout these festivities? Who knows, as she and her entourage dispersed upon seeing the favourable results for the PLP early Monday evening and haven't been seen since.
In fact, Long Island is celebrating the victory of middle school student Paloma Cartwright today on her win of the National Spelling Bee, the first government school student to win this award, yet Mrs Butler Turner left Long Island early this morning, choosing to exclude herself from this accolade..... Is this because Paloma's family supported the DNA?
So why the long faces, Long Island? We have so much to celebrate and yet the red flags are down, along with the mouths. They are blaming the DNA for the FNM loss in the Bahamas and yet prior to the election, bragged that if a donkey was on the ballot for Long Island, they would still put their X to the torch. Long Island, you elected Loretta, so please put a little faith in your candidate, stop acting like you elected a donkey and give her the opportunity to prove her campaign. We are pleased to anticipate the new airport, the new mini hospital, the cruise ship arrivals at Gordon's, and water in Salt Pond amongst other campaign promises.
We are one Bahamas. No matter who won the race, the government is still the government of the Bahamas and is obligated to attend to all the needs of all Bahamians.
May 9, 2012.