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Oct 11, 2017

Despite John Briceño Support, Others May Challenge Him

Kareem Musa

Since the announcement of the national convention, letters of endorsement for Briceño’s leadership have been issued from an overwhelming number of caucuses; in fact, from as many as twenty-eight those close to Briceño say.  According to Musa, it’s strange that the incumbent party leader would seek to solidify his seat even before a challenge is officially made.

 

Kareem Musa, Deputy Party Leader, P.U.P.

“I am aware that over the last two days and this is very surprising to me that at this very early stage the party hierarchy has been getting signatures of endorsement for the party leader, but when in fact, nobody is in the ring yet.  So I find that a little weird that they’re actually, there’s this high degree of insecurity, I don’t know where it’s coming from, but there’s no challenger in the ring but yet we are getting these letters signed.  And a lot of the area reps and standard bearers are calling me and saying they are being pressured to sign on to these letters of endorsement and my suggestion to them is, I understand what you’re saying but I’m not in a position, this is a huge decision for me and for all of my supporters.  So I can’t just make a rash decision, even though it’s a very small window that we have to make the decision, I can’t make that decision right now.  So my advice to them was, he is our party leader, there is no problem signing on to an endorsement letter at this stage.  Come October twenty-sixth or whenever the rules of engagement are put in place the ball game changes.  Whether it’s me, because I know Ms. Marisol mentioned my name, but I will be honest with you, other leaders have indicated that they would like to challenge as well and that is the beauty of the PUP.  We are a democratic party that has a lot of potential, a lot of possible leaders who would love the opportunity to lead.  And so, I’m not saying it’s going to be me, I’m not saying any names who have been contacting me in terms of they want to be leaders, but I can tell you it’s a high possibility we might get a challenge come October twenty-sixth or whenever that deadline is set.  And at that point, all of these area reps and standard bearers will have an opportunity to reconsider.”

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