Key plans to campaign for PLP
ROYSTON JONES JR.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Mar 20, 2017
While he has not given up the idea altogether of running as an independent, Central and South Abaco MP Edison Key has pledged his support to the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and said he plans to campaign “as hard as I can” for the party he left 13 years ago.
“I will be campaigning against the FNM, especially in Abaco,” Key told The Nassau Guardian.
“I will be campaigning for the PLP, put it that way.
“I came from the PLP and won twice for the FNM, and they did not appreciate that at all.
“They decided they wanted to get rid of me; so be it – they did.
“I’m outside of the FNM realm, and I don’t think I’ll ever be a part of them again.
“They can do what they want to do, but I am going to work as hard as I can for the PLP to win the government of this country and stay the government of this country, because they (FNM) don’t appreciate anyone like myself who worked hard for them in 2007, in 2012, and won both times by big numbers.”
Nearly two months ago, Key showed up to the PLP’s convention grinning from ear to ear.
His appearance followed a fallout with the FNM after a group of FNM MPs, with Key’s support, wrote to the governor general to remove FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis as the leader of the opposition.
Key’s motivation for the move was Minnis’ “betrayal”.
He accused the FNM leader of undermining him and plotting to end his political career behind his back, despite his support of Minnis.
The move prompted Minnis to ask them to leave the FNM.
At the PLP convention, Key told reporters he was only there as an observer.
He resigned as a PLP senator in 2004 and eventually joined the FNM.
His sentiment of the PLP and its leader, at the time of his exit, was bitter.
“I’ve had it up to my eyeballs,” Key said at the time of his departure from the PLP.
“I don’t feel like I need to waste anymore of my life mixed up with this crew here.
“I wish them well, but I think they’re in for a rude awakening at the end of the journey.”
Pointing to his deep roots in the PLP, Key said in a recent interview, “I was a PLP from 1970. I won twice for the PLP and had two terms in the Senate; that’s 20 years right there.
“And then two terms for the FNM, that’s 30 years.”
Asked about his consideration to run this time around, Key said, “I might not be running again, but if I did, I would be running as an independent.”
The PLP has selected its full slate of candidates for the upcoming general election.
Key also shared his thoughts about the FNM’s candidate, James Albury, for the seat he currently represents.
He said Albury, 23, has “no idea what he is doing; he is a child”.
But Albury has said age is not a major factor, as people age and mature differently.
“He’s on life support like a child being nursed by his mother, so to speak,” Key said.
“He has no experience. He has never been in politics.
“... Every soul in his family is with the PLP.”
On the PLP’s chances in Central and South Abaco, Key said the FNM will lose.
He added that Minnis will be the downfall of the party.
Key said the FNM committee that is supposed to be considering the fate of the seven MPs who ousted Minnis need not consider him (Key), "as I'm out".