After losing convention, Joe Coye blasts his party. Sour grapes?
Is it a case of a fox and the sour grapes? According to Joe Coye who lost terribly to Anthony Mahler last Sunday in the Caribbean Shores, it is rather a case of “grapes of rational wrath.” So ends a statement Coye issued today following his defeat as standard bearer in the Caribbean Shores where he had been a political force for twenty years. It all started this morning when Coye called the P.U.P.’s Vibes Radio to chastise the party and its leadership claiming the opposition is not a credible alternative. Then came the explosive statement against his own party. Coye recalls that in the campaign of 2008, his family got the full brunt of U.D.P. attacks and according to him, he finds its reprehensive that the line of attacks against his family was repeated last Sunday, but this time it came from the blue sea of a paid mob. News Five pressed Coye on what he said is a smear campaign against him.
“Would you believe, at this point, as though your party has betrayed you by the actions taken during the convention?”
“No. I cannot take the action of a group supporting a candidate to treat it as if though that was a party’s decision. I would not do that. I wouldn’t say the party has betrayed [me]. Again I am not in any way opposing or complaining about anyone who chooses to support a candidate within. That was not really my concern although that was there in a very overwhelming way but I am not too concerned about that. I repeat my position that it’s about the negative campaigning, the dirty politics, the smearing which persisted throughout the campaign and right up to the day of the conventions and the undue influence with money. Those are my two concerns mainly.”
“Mr. Coye you ended off your statement by saying that the release is not one of sour grapes but [one] of another kind. One would want to think that you have been defeated [so] why not leave things the way they are?”
“Your question is one that is not surprising because I sense that whenever one makes a complaint about these kinds of things the first thing you will be accused of is that it’s because you did it. Well if someone burglarizes your home and you believe that you have lost maybe then you shouldn’t report it. So I really don’t see it that way. I believe I took a position on principle and I believe that this is an example, it’s an unfortunate example of an irresponsible way of conducting a convention and it will not enhance the party. So it’s easy to be accused of being the views of sour grapes. Those are the grapes of rational wrath and that’s why I made that release.”
“Are you prepared to support the standard bearer in the Caribbean Shores Division?”
“My intention is not to do anything that will undermine the People’s United Party at the poles. But what I am doing here is to enhance it and that’s what I want to make very clear. I am making this known now because it’s something that we must put a stop to and if we don’t it could hurt us in the elections. If we carry out these kinds of campaigns, and I think it should be right across the board, not only within the P.U.P. I think this thing about buying votes to win elections, these things about negative campaigns and the types of negative campaigns; I think we have gone too far. There must be some minimum standing as to how we will choose our candidates and our standard bearers or representatives in this country.”
So what’s next for the defeated Coye? The P.U.P. is not commenting on the statement so it’s hard to know. Coye as former standard bearer of the Caribbean was named chairman of the Eastern Caucus and as such holds an executive position in the P.U.P. But now that he is political wilderness, time will tell if he will be removed.