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Rollins Tries To 'Take Over' Butler-Turner Fnm Event On Long Island

Andre Rollins speaks in the House of Assembly.

Andre Rollins speaks in the House of Assembly.

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Loretta Butler-Turner

By SANCHESKA DORSETT

Tribune Staff Reporter

sdorsett@tribunemedia.net

LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday accused Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins of attempting to “take over” a Free National Movement town hall meeting in Long Island on Monday night by bringing his supporters to the event organised by the party to officially endorse her.

Mrs Butler-Turner told The Tribune that Dr Rollins came to the meeting with a “handful” of people who began campaigning for him to be the next Member of Parliament for Long Island.

However, Mrs Butler-Turner said Dr Rollins and his group were outnumbered by her supporters and his attempt to “hijack” the event “fizzled”.

Mrs Butler-Turner said the meeting went so well that she is “even more convinced” that she will be re-elected, despite reports that she was heckled and booed at the rally by a faction of FNM supporters who claim the party is imposing her on the constituency against their wishes.

Last week Dr Rollins, a member of the FNM, said he would challenge Mrs Butler-Turner as an independent candidate if the voters on the island urge him to do so.

His threat came hours before the FNM announced it had ratified Mrs Butler-Turner as its standard-bearer for the constituency in the next general election.

“The meeting went very, very well even though Dr Rollins was actually campaigning there,” Mrs Butler-Turner said. “He was trying to give the impression that he has a major following and the majority of people in Long Island don’t want me, but that plan fizzled. If I were him, I would be embarrassed.

“He only has like eight or 10 persons with him and there were at least 100 or so people at the meeting. My people outnumbered them. I didn’t plan this meeting at all; I was on vacation and when I came back I was told the town meeting was to take place.

“The meeting eventually felt like a rally because once I spoke the people became excited and you can tell that I had the support. It went better than I would have anticipated and I am not concerned about Dr Rollins.”

Despite Mrs Butler-Turner’s optimism, a well-connected FNM insider who spoke to The Tribune on condition of anonymity said the event was not a town hall meeting but a “poorly attended, terrible rally”.

“It was a disgrace,” the insider said. “I have never seen an FNM function have less than a few hundred people and there was barely 120 people there. Loretta was even booed at one point. No one came out because the people don’t want her and she can’t seem to understand that.

“I don’t see how she can win, the people just don’t have the confidence in her anymore. The people now mad with Dr Minnis too; he came here with the intentions of having a town meeting, that is what we were told. It then turned into a rally and the people were not given a chance to speak. They shove her down our throat and we do not want her.”

A senior FNM source who witnessed the goings on at the meeting described the event as “a hot mess”.

The Tribune attempted to contact Dr Rollins for comment but calls were not successful up to press time.

He and Mrs Butler-Turner have a history of animosity.

In 2013, the Long Island MP slapped Dr Rollins, who was then a member of the Progressive Liberal Party, in the House of Assembly. At the time she said she was “provoked” by Dr Rollins, who she said whispered “horrific” things in her ear and would not let her go.

Dr Rollins, however, denied making any derogatory comments to her but said he encouraged Mrs Butler-Turner to seek therapy because of her outbursts in the House of Assembly.

Earlier this month, former Cabinet minister Tennyson Wells told The Tribune that he instructed a group of voters in Long Island to draft a petition for Mrs Butler-Turner’s removal if they truly wanted another FNM candidate.

Mr Wells said this group approached him for counsel during the most recent regatta on the island where he advised them that the most effective way to get the party’s attention was to gather as many signatures as possible to prove that she is no longer supported.

Last week, the FNM also ratified Mark Humes as its candidate for Fort Charlotte.

Comments

theplpsucks 1 year, 8 months ago

This is so childish for this man to do. If you are confident you can beat her have your own rally or meeting idiot.

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sp1nks 1 year, 8 months ago

Better yet, if you wanted to be an FNM so bad, you shouldn't have threatened to leave. The good Dr. made good on his threat then immediately tried to back track. Rollins should go res' he sef for a few good months.

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 8 months ago

Why do yall believe that LBT has it "all together"????? ........ how many FNM MPs joined her on stage at the FNM convention?????????......... ZERO

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sp1nks 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm less inclined to suggest that LBT is the best thing from heaven, than I am inclined to believe that Rollins has no idea what's going on. LBT at least demonstrates sustained conviction. Rollins' ideas and motivations seem to change within a single sentence.

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ThisIsOurs 1 year, 8 months ago

Sustained conviction??? She quit

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 8 months ago

The truth is that the LBT supporters were outnumbered at the so-called town meeting (rally) by 3 to 1 ................ if Rollins runs head to head against LBT without any third candidate, he stands a good chance of beating her as of today ........ LBT has burned too many political bridges in Long Island ......... she has no effective ground game and she has lost the support of Long Island men (who were against the gay agenda referendum) ....... the PLP is salivating right now!!!!!!!!

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Sickened 1 year, 8 months ago

"I didn’t plan this meeting at all; I was on vacation and when I came back I was told the town meeting was to take place."

What! Who then planned this and why was LBT no involved in the planning? This happens to her A LOT, where she doesn't know when FNM meetings/conventions are taking place. At least Minnis was nice enough to invite her to this one. WHAT A JOKE!

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TalRussell 1 year, 8 months ago

Comrades! You Bloggers now know I wasn't making up that Loretta always comes up with her patented excuse how Minnis does keeps sprunging his surprise meetings on her when she has prior commitments to attend to. Only long Island's Loretta, could come up with a suzi like- "I didn’t plan this Long Island Town Hall 'not at all.' I was on vacation and when I came back I was told the Town Hall was to take place."
I say more power to Dr. Andre, who unlke the way she pushed Minnis around like a baby's carriage, he is definitely not afraid to take his fight for the Long Island House seat, directly to Loretta - in her face.
But some Long Islanders, have previously informed me how uniformed and unconnected Loretta has become with the going on's happening from day to day in and around Salt Pond? How she wanted so badly run back in her old Montagu?
Of all the red Movement's 2017 General's candidates to run against to beat and win handsomely, its Loretta.

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Socrates 1 year, 8 months ago

Why did Rollins show at this meeting? He is not a LI resident/voter and he is not the FNM candidate. Rollins has a pattern of operating like the mob.. go my way or I come and burn down your house type mentality. This guy is dangerous.. he can become a dictator in the right circumstances....

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sheeprunner12 1 year, 8 months ago

Both Rollins and LBT (and the PLP guy) are not residents of Long Island ........ they claim generational roots but are strangers to the intimate realities of the residents ......... he who feels it daily knows what it is like to be a real Long Islander

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proudloudandfnm 1 year, 8 months ago

LBT should've slapped the taste outta his mouth.....

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