‘Nothing Against Damion Crawford’ – Brown-Burke

There are differences in the governing People’s National Party over whether State Minister, Damion Crawford, should be installed as the party’s standard bearer in North Trelawny.

There’ve been several protests in the constituency against the man selected to face the polls, John Paul White.

Now there’s word that PNP Regional Chairman, Lisa Hanna, and others are lobbying for the the installation of Crawford but they are meeting resistance.

It’s understood that the PNP President and Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, would like to have Damion Crawford on her slate of candidates when she calls the elections.

Crawford is one of the most popular second tier leaders in the PNP attracting massive applause at public meetings.

However, there are influential PNP voices saying he should not be installed in Northern Trelawny at the expense of John Paul White.

PNP Vice President Angella Brown-Burke is denying word out of a meeting of the party’s executive last night that she’s among those who’re resisting moves by the leadership to install Crawford in Northern Trelawny.

The PNP Vice President is also refuting a Jamaica Observer front page story today that Mr. Crawford has replaced John Paul-White as the PNP’s candidate in Northern Trelawny

It’s understood that Brown Burke told the meeting that Crawford should sit out the next election as he should be punished for not taking advice.

Contacted this afternoon – Mrs Brown Burke denied saying that.

Our sources say when she outlined her opposition to Crawford during the meeting last night, Mrs. Brown Burke was opposed by PNP Executive member Granville Valentine.

Valentine reportedly insisted that Mr. Crawford is the right man for North Trelawny while citing Crawford’s popularity with the PNP base.

Mrs. Brown Burke told our news center today she will not publicly state her position on Damion Crawford. But the PNP Vice President says JP White is still the party’s candidate for Northern Trelawny.

Mrs. Brown Burke is criticizing PNP members who leaked information from last night’s meeting to Nationwide News.

AND … Mr. Crawford is refusing to comment on the controversy surrounding moves to install him as the party’s candidate in Northern Trelawny.

Damion Crawford, outgoing Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew speaking this afternoon with Nationwide News.

Meantime, Mrs. Brown-Burke says it should be known by tomorrow when and where the next PNP mass rally will be held.

It’s been widely speculated that the Prime Minister could announce the date for the General Election at the next PNP rally.