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Nov 12, 2015

What’s the Status of P.U.P.’s Finances?

Cordel Hyde

The battle for leadership of the People’s United Party is currently being waged primarily in the social media. Whoever wants the title has until December fifteenth to submit their names, and the battle will certainly start in earnest on the ground then. Four names are circling around – John Briceño, Julius Espat, Cordel Hyde and Kareem Musa. All have expressed some degree of interest, but none has committed. One reason for that could be finances. Keeping the Party together for the next five years and making it viable – through Village Council elections, Municipal and then another General Election – will cost millions. One of those interested in the job, Hyde, spoke frankly to News Five about the financial challenges which will face any leader.


Cordel Hyde, P.U.P. Area Representative, Lake Independence

“That’s the big gorilla in the room really. How do we pay our bills every month? How do we contest elections with enough resources to win? The truth of the matter is that, firstly, I have always been a personality that’s focused on social justice, focused on providing policies and programs that will benefit the vast majority of the people. That hasn’t necessarily endeared me to many of the financiers. That’s a given. But the truth of the matter is we will never have more money than the ruling Party, so we have to figure out a different way how to win. It’s not about having more money than the government. We’re never going to have that. It’s about having a fresh face, it’s about having a fresh package, a more attractive package, a more inspiring package…it’s about bringing something new to the table, ensuring that the people are convinced that we are committed to our social justice platform…that we are the party of George Price and we are not the Party we’ve been over the past few years, and I think we can do that. Money will always be an issue, but if you have success that will bring money, and I think we have to be prepared to do it the hard way, the old-fashioned way. We have to give back the Party to the people. We have to ensure that the people have a stake in it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We have to get back to selling our BBQs, selling our turkey dinners, having people who are willing to contribute a five dollars a month do that. We have to get back to the way we used to do it. I’ve never had more money than my opponents in Lake Independence, and we still figure out a way to win. It can be done. It’s just that we have to reproduce that across the country. It’s a unique opportunity for us to do that.”

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1 Response for “What’s the Status of P.U.P.’s Finances?”

  1. youserious says:

    I agree, let the people feel they are part of a success story from the start to the finish.

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