Chipman considering run as independent
Published: Jan 11, 2017
St. Anne’s MP Hubert Chipman confirmed to The Nassau Guardian yesterday that he is considering running as an independent in that constituency.
“Over the past two weeks, a number of people have called and emailed me and come to see me in person asking me to reconsider my decision to retire from politics,” Chipman said.
“They are asking me to run, and I’m listening. I have not made a decision, but I am listening.”
He added, “I have developed relationships with the people of St. Anne’s and I would like to continue to represent those people if it is their desire for me to represent them.”
Chipman is a Free National Movement (FNM) MP. He and six other FNM MPs who wrote the governor general last month and had FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis removed as leader of the Official Opposition, are facing disciplinary action by the party.
On October 2, Chipman announced that he was not seeking the FNM’s nomination again.
In that statement, he said it is clear his contribution to the party as an MP “is no longer desired, required or wanted”.
His announcement came amid speculation that the nomination would be denied to him.
“I initially voted for and supported Dr. Minnis as leader of the FNM,” he said in October.
“Over time, I had differences with my party’s leader and the direction he was moving the party.
“Political parties committed to democracy typically have such debates and disagreements. But under the current leadership of the FNM, such disagreements are far too often met with resentment.
“I remained loyal to the party and continued to work to improve the FNM for the benefit of the Bahamian people.
“But sadly, the FNM that I have supported all of my life has become an organization that I barely recognize.”
It was a similar tone adopted by Central Grand Bahama MP Neko Grant — the longest serving FNM MP still in Parliament — when he announced on August 21 that he was not seeking a re-nomination, and characterized the FNM as being in “disarray”.
Yesterday, Chipman said he will continue to listen to the people of St. Anne’s and decide soon whether to run as an independent. He said he hopes to make a decision by the end of the month.
The FNM has not yet named a candidate for St. Anne’s.
Last week, Loretta Butler-Turner, the MP for Long Island, who initially received a nomination but had that nomination revoked, said she will run in that constituency “no matter what”.