While some in the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) are opposed to Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller being ratified to run for that seat in the upcoming election, PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that Miller has nothing to worry about.
“Whether he will be nominated or not is a question that will be made by the candidates’ committee based on the fact [that] first of all, that he is now an incumbent [and] secondly, that he meets what we need for that particular constituency,” Davis said when asked to comment on the issue.
“I know him to be a man of compassion. He’s a caring individual and those are the qualities that we are looking for in candidates and so he meets those criteria.”
Joe Johnson, an area businessman, is also eyeing the PLP’s Golden Isles nomination.
Last week, Johnson told The Nassau Guardian that he has a petition with 1,500 signatures of people who support him getting the party’s nod.
The Guardian viewed the petition but did not confirm the number of signatures on it.
Davis said yesterday that “negative views” will not go to the root of whether or not Miller receives the party’s nomination.
“It just demonstrates the robust democracy that we have within our party,” Davis said.
“There are always views being expressed. Some are passionate and [some] are not passionate, but I don’t think Vaughn Miller has anything to concern himself about. This is the process. Once you engage in a democratic process, you will have views being expressed — some hurtful, some not hurtful.
“But, at the end of the day, democracy will prevail.”
Miller joined the PLP in September 2020.
The move came nearly a year after he resigned from the Free National Movement (FNM).
After Miller, who won the seat in 2017 as an FNM, became a PLP, Michael Halkitis, who ran on the PLP’s ticket and lost to Miller, and who had been eyeing another run in Golden Isles, was forced to look at another constituency.
The PLP has already ratified 17 candidates ahead of the next general election.
When asked when the party will ratify more candidates, Davis replied, “Well, we are continuing our assessment of other candidates for other constituencies. Hopefully, by the end of next week, we should have all done.”
Davis also said he is willing to debate Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis on a national stage.
“If he wants to, I am here,” Davis said.
“I was asked before whether I’d be prepared to debate the prime minister on a national stage. I said yes and I am. I ask you to ask him whether he’s prepared to. You know what’s so interesting? I’m here standing up, responding to your questions and I can’t remember ever seeing y’all asking him questions.
“Don’t you think it’s time for him to be answering you all?”
Minnis attended two ceremonies yesterday but did not stop to speak with reporters at either event.
He also held a national address on Sunday but did not allow for a question and answer segment.