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Stuart explains why he chose FNM

The Free National Movement’s (FNM) Bamboo Town candidate, Cassius Stuart, said it took Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie eight months to respond to him when he was deciding which party he would join.

Stuart said he reached out to the heads of the two major parties after his crushing loss in the 2010 Elizabeth by-election.

The former leader of the now disbanded Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM) said he was “tired of losing” and was set to abandon his political hopes.

After advice from his wife, Stuart said he contacted Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Christie.

“Shortly after the last by-election, I made the decision to leave frontline politics after being unsuccessful on three occasions as the leader of the BDM,” said Stuart yesterday at the official unveiling ceremony for the Free National Movement’s election candidates at the Wyndham Nassau Resort.

“I said to [my wife] I can’t do the third party thing [any] more because I don’t like to lose. So the idea was to look at both the FNM and the PLP.”

He said Ingraham contacted him in an hour while Christie did not respond until eight months later.

Stuart said this was indicative of the major leadership styles of the two men.

“There is a big difference between this party and that party. There is a big difference between [the FNM’s] leader and that leader,” he said.

“I sent messages to both Ingraham and Christie. Mr. Christie took eight months to call me back. Mr. Ingraham took one hour. FNMs now you tell me what leader I should work with.”

In April 2011, after a 13-year turn in politics, the BDM dissolved and most of its members joined the FNM.

During his time in the BDM, Stuart was a harsh critic of the policies of both the PLP and the FNM.

He took part in protests against the sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) last year.

His former party previously said both the FNM and PLP failed the nation when it came to policies on education.

Stuart will face off against DNA leader Branville McCartney, Renward Wells of the PLP and independent candidate Craig Butler in Bamboo Town.

Wells was once a part of the National Development Party (NDP).

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