Spokesperson for Angela Brown-Burke’s campaign team, Venesha Phillips is expressing supreme confidence that she will be the People’s National Party’s next constituency representative for South West St. Andrew.
In an interview last evening on, Ms. Phillips also confirmed that former Prime Minister and MP for the constituency, Portia Simpson Miller, has been on the ground campaigning for Mrs. Brown Burke. But a spokesperson for Councillor Audrey Smith Facey — Mrs. Brown Burke’s challenger — believes the people of South West St. Andrew are already looking beyond Mrs. Simpson Miller.
Mrs. Simpson Miller, the former President of the PNP, has followed up her endorsement of Mrs. Brown Burke by campaigning with her in South West St. Andrew. It is support, which Venesha Phillips says excites the campaign team of Mrs. Brown Burke.
In last evening’s interview with, Ms. Phillips says she’s jubilated and believes Mrs. Brown Brown’s victory is a ‘done deal’.
Still, the campaign of Councillor Smith Facey remains upbeat. They’re not convinced Mrs. Simpson Miller’s support for Mrs. Brown Burke means she’ll win.
In fact, they believe it could present a difficulty. Former MP, Heather Robinson, spoke on behalf of the Smith Facey campaign in last evening’s interview.
She also believes the constituents of South West St. Andrew aren’t fixated on Mrs. Simpson Miller.
It’s a local election in a single constituency but it’s somehow taken on a bigger stature and will be keenly watched
LBC NEWS ANALYSIS.
Even though it’s a local election matter, the contest over the vacated seat of Former Member of Parliament, Portia Simpson Miller, is shaping up to be a battle for the future of the PNP top brass between Peter Bunting and Phillip Paulwell, and also a referendum on the current party president Peter Phillips.
As the endorsements has come in from members of the pnp, it is clear who is falling into which camp for the leadership battle for the PNP leadership in the coming years. Peter Bunting who announced his support for Audrey Smith Facey, seemingly accusing Brown Burke, of not going to fight corruption and cronyism. That may be because Brown Burke, husband, Paul Burke, blew the lid on a Chinese-PNP contract kick back scheme running in millions of Jamaican dollars.
As the PNP strongest Garrison in the country, the fight is not about who will do a better job of representing the people of Southwest St. Andrew, which is sad for more than one reason.
Whatever is the outcome on Sunday, the bloodletting in the old, antiquated PNP will not stop.