Sen. Linton Lewis of opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) says the speech his contender for the East St. George seat in the next general elections, Sen. Camillo Gonsalves of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), delivered in Calliaqua two weeks ago was the worst maiden address he has heard from an election candidate.
“Do you know that for a debut, for someone who is speaking for the first time, first public political presentation, it is the worst I have heard?” Lewis, a lawyer, said on radio last week.
“Not because he is opposing me… It was terrible,” he said of the speech, which was delivered at a rally to mark the ULP’s 14th anniversary in office.
“There was nothing inspiring about it. There was nothing was said that he is going to do for the people of East St. George, nothing was said that he has done for the people of East St. George, and all that he is saying is that he should vote him, because when you vote him you are voting for a leader and you must vote for Ralph Gonsalves as the leader and then vote for him as a result of that,” Lewis said.
“So he is saying to you and the people of East St. George that he doesn’t have to do anything at all. He doesn’t have to the ability to do anything. He doesn’t have to have a track record, just vote for the prime minister, vote for Ralph Gonsalves.
“So, he believes that the people in East St. George are stupid. People aren’t that stupid that you will tell them that and expect them to go along with you. What is your track record? What has he done? What has he ever done for Vincentians in St. Vincent and the Grenadines of any community nature, of any national nature, of any public nature? What has he done? And what does he intend to do, that wasn’t mention at all,” Lewis said.
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In his address, Gonsalves, a lawyer and first time candidate, told party supporters that he was not running against Lewis, who he portrayed as a loser who has failed to win a seat in the two St. Georges constituency in three attempts.
“And then he says he is not running against anyone, which is very true. He says he is not running against anyone. He is absolutely correct about that. He’s absolutely correct. He is certainly running against himself, and we will see it at the end of the day, because if he believes that the people of East St. George will go and vote for him who they don’t know, who has never done anything in the area, and anything that is being done is done by taxpayers’ money because he personally never make any contribution, not only to East St. Gorge but to the country as a whole, none whatsoever, something I have been doing since I was a little boy,” Lewis said.