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Aug 17, 2015

Pickstock Standard Bearer Francis Smith a No-show in Big Falls

Francis Smith

While Smith attests to not having the means to shuttle supporters from his constituency to Toledo, he maintains that the true idea of public consultation is to have those in attendance from within the district speak openly and frankly on issues of concern to them.


Dr. Francis Smith, Pickstock Standard Bearer, P.U.P.

“I am a standard bearer for the People‘s United Party, my leader is Francis Fonseca but I am a free thinker and my view is that I cannot be in PG at this time because my concept is: our party leader will be there.  He will be there with his deputies.  You will have the principals Oscar Requena and Mike Espat and the whole concept is to have consultation.  So what is most important is that the people in Punta Gorda go out, engage with their party leader, give them their concerns and in an open, frank way, which is what we are trying to encourage if the people in PG feel that, “you know, party leader, we have a doubt, can you assure us that although your name is Fonseca that Ralph Fonseca won‘t be back in the saddle when you win?”  That is what we expect the people in PG to come out without fear and say.  That‘s what‘s called genuine consultation.  I don‘t believe that I contribute by taking two hundred supporters from Pickstock to PG.  It is not convenient, I don‘t have the money for that.  My business is to try and see how I can help and I am doing a very poor job at that because I am not in government but my job is to educate my people, engage them and assure them that when we form the government these irregularities will not be continued and that we will indeed be serving the people.  That is my and that is the view of others as well, like Cordel Hyde who is a part of the group [and] Mr. John Briceño.”

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