Butler-Turner denies undermining Minnis
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Feb 10, 2016
Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner said since she lost her leadership bid to Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis in 2014, she has kept her head down, moved off the scene and has never condemned the party’s leadership.
“I challenged for the leadership and I lost,” said Butler-Turner in an interview on the Guardian Radio 96.9 FM talk show “Bahamian Bio” with host Gina Morley.
“I lost with dignity. I lost by holding my head up, by congratulating Dr. Minnis who beat me and I observed the constitution of our party and the will of the people, just as I did when I lost my very first election when I ran in the St. Margaret’s constituency.
“Having done that I then introspected because I mean in every defeat there is a lesson and the lesson that I took away from that is maybe I could have done something differently.
“Maybe all of the criticism that was given to me, maybe I can learn a life lesson from that.
“I congratulated Dr. Minnis and the new team for their victory.
“Any personal conjecture that I had with regards to the process was never aired publicly.
“I moved off the scene gracefully to allow the new leadership to be all that they could be.
“From November 2014 to this present day I have never raised my head to, publicly or otherwise, condemn the leadership of the Free National Movement.”
Butler-Turner made the comments amid claims among FNMs and others that she has been undermining Minnis and has refused to support him as leader.
Butler-Turner has been publicly criticized in recent weeks by several FNMs.
Senator Lanisha Rolle, who called in to a Guardian Radio talk show on January 21, accused the former FNM deputy leader of refusing to respect the democratic process of the party.
Rolle said Butler-Turner cannot beat Prime Minister Perry Christie.
She said Butler-Turner should humble herself as former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did after her defeat to Barack Obama during the Democratic Party’s presidential nominations in 2008.
Butler-Turner said her best comment on Rolle has been her silence.
“Let the Bahamian people be the judge of the works that I do and the actions that I take,” she said.
Butler-Turner has previously referred to the matter as “pettiness”.
After Rolle’s comments, several prominent FNMs also publicly criticized Butler-Turner.
On Monday, former FNM Minister Tennyson Wells said he does not believe Butler-Turner has the right “temperament” to lead The Bahamas.
FNM founding father Maurice Moore said, “The lady who they are trying to promote, she needs to go to Long Island and win her seat.
“The convention has made its decision and the leadership of the party, which is made up in the national council, they know why they rejected Loretta.”
The FNM held a one-day convention in November 2014. Minnis secured 290 votes and Butler-Turner got 108, according to party insiders.
Morley’s full interview with Butler-Turner airs on Sunday at 7 p.m.