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Rowley endorsed Sandy after ‘Calcutta’ comment

Thursday, January 10, 2013

PNM Political Leader Dr Keith Rowley closely endorsed THA Deputy Political leader Hilton Sandy, as he spoke at the same Friday meeting in which Sandy made what has been deemed racist remarks. Guardian Media Limited has acquired an audio recording of Rowley’s speech, moments after Sandy made his ‘Calcutta’ comment at the political meeting in Lambeau.


Dr Rowley could be heard saying, “And of course the tireless Hilton Sandy, he knows what it is to serve. He represented the PNM for decades. He has done a fantastic job in improving the community of Roxborough/Delaford, and he still has energy, that drive, that desire and I ask you to support Hilton Sandy and send him back there. Send him back to the THA.”


“Let him bring his experience to guide the youngsters who would put him there,” he added. Rowley has been adamant that Sandy, who has since apologised for the comment, was chided after the statements were made, but the PNM leader has been cricitised for not acting quickly enough.


TOP leader Ashworth Jack meanwhile reiterated his call for the Sandy to be withdrawn as a candidate in the elections. “Mr Sandy has no place in public life,” he said at his office in Scarborough yesterday. “He should not be running for public life. To make a racist statement like that it cannot be something that just rolled off the tongue. That is a very calculated statement designed to create a kind of mischief, that the PNM has been pushing for the last couple of months.”


Sandy, however, said he had no intention of stepping down. “I really don’t want to discuss anything more. I have made my statement and do not want to say more on it. Step down from what? I am a candidate. Let Jack go to the EBC. I have my campaign to run,” he said yesterday.


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