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Alliance of Independents (AOI)
(Third Force Movement) member Gary
Griffith has lauded People s National
Movement (PNM) leader
Dr Keith Rowley for what
Griffith says was "pulling
up" the party s Laventille
West candidate Fitzgerald
Hinds on the latter s
recent "cesspit" remark about Third
Force Movement (TFM) chairman Tim-
"That is the sort of leadership need-
ed," Griffith said on Rowley s action.
At the PNM s Morvant meeting last
week Hinds, Rowley and other PNM
speakers had slammed TFM s entry, say-
ing it would split votes. Hinds, pelting
blistering picong at TFM, playing on
the word "force" and alluding to con-
stipation, also said TFM s symbol should
be Hamel-Smith "on a cesspit in West-
moorings with a can of Flit in his hand
AOI, which is a member of TFM, later
chastised Hinds and the PNM for the
remark. But Griffith said Hinds on an
i95.5 radio interview last Saturday report-
edly said people had voiced concerns
and Rowley had called him in and said
he (Hinds) was rough in the way he
handled the situation. Griffith said Hinds
apologised. He said Rowley didn t make
a public statement on his action with
Hinds. PNM chairman
Franklin Khan didn t answer
calls on the development.
But Griffith said: "We
commend Dr Rowley for
this type of leadership
because at this time that is the kind of
leadership we need where people can
rein in and pull up their lieutenants
when necessary since negative platform
talk is affecting T&T. This can filter
down to supporters and divide T&T.
"This sort of action by Dr Rowley in
seeking to correct people when they go
too far is necessary. In this election, it
cannot be that it is a matter of doing
anything necessary to win. We cannot
continue to have the kind of remarks
about the Calcutta ship and alligators
and cesspits ."
Contacted yesterday, Hinds declined
to speak of the reported radio interview,
save to say: "Once they (AOI
Griffith/TFM) are happy, I m happy."
TFM s Hamel-Smith said he hadn t
heard the interview.
The Tobago Forwards has
selected candidates to contest the
two Tobago seats in the September
7 general election.
Interim leader of the party, for-
mer Justice Minister Christlyn
Moore, confirmed during an inter-
view on i95.5 FM yesterday she will
contest the Tobago West seat.
The seat is currently held by Dr
Delmon Baker who last week was
expelled from the Tobago Organ-
isation of the People (TOP).
Baker won the seat as a TOP
candidate in the 2010 election.
Tobago Forwards is a breakaway
faction of the TOP. Moore denied
Baker is a member of her party or
has applied to be a member. She
expressed some disappointment
about the manner he was expelled
from the party.
Moore will face off against the
People s National Movement (PNM)
candidate Shamfa Cudjoe. The Peo-
ple s Partnership is in the process
of screening candidates and is yet
to identify any contender for the
Moore also confirmed the nom-
ination of Regis Caruth as the can-
didate to contest the Tobago East
constituency, which was also won
by another TOP contender in 2010,
The PNM has selected Ayanna
Webster-Roy as its Tobago East
Public Services Association pres-
ident Watson Duke has also
announced his intention to contest
the Tobago East seat as an inde-
Questions have been raised about
Moore s political stock and her abil-
ity to attract voters. She said while
there may be some validity to the
concerns she was not too worried.
"At some stage you have to stand
for something. You have to put
yourself out there. Too often I think,
we look at life in that light, whether
we fail or succeed and fail to see
the bigger picture," she noted.
She said Tobago needed strong
advocates. "The newer the better.
The more of us who can advocate
for our cause, the better. In that
regard political stock does not mat-
ter. Once there is somebody advo-
cating the Tobago cause, then I am
satisfied," she said.
Asked about the possibility of an
alliance with the TOP, Moore said
they hadnot shown any real interest
in a coming together.
She said all of the advances to
the TOP had been from her side of
the table and if the TOP wanted to
engage in discussions, they knew
her number and how to reach her.
She said she remained open to dia-
Hinds reined in on
Forwards picks Moore, Caruth
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Hamel-Smith said there were no
problems with TFM's symbol which had
been approved last week by the
Elections and Boundaries Commission.
He said TFM was meeting yesterday
with the Scouts Association on an issue
the group had with TFM's symbol but
he said he didn't expect the issue to be
a problem as both sides would speak.
Meanwhile, outgoing Congress of the
People Tunapuna MP Winston Dookeran
says he will not be going with the TFM.
Dookeran confirmed that when asked
about speculation that he may be
guesting at TFM's Tunapuna meeting
next Wednesday. He said: "No, no, no."
Dookeran recently announced he was
bowing out of politics. His colleague,
outgoing San Fernando West MP
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan didn't reply
to calls yesterday on high speculation
she would be supporting or assisting
TFM following her decision to be out of
the election race on a COP ticket.
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