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Jul 2, 2020

Darrell Bradley Withdraws from U.D.P. Leadership Race

Darrell Bradley

According to Darrell Bradley, the timing during which Lee Mark Chang is attempted to collect a four-year-old debt is interesting, especially since it is two weeks before the U.D.P. leadership race. Chang is a close ally of Minister Patrick Faber who wants to succeed Dean Barrow as the party’s leader.  Bradley also had that aspiration up until this week when he decided that he will bow out of the race, leaving Faber, John Saldivar, and Wilfred Elrington in the race.  Bradley doesn’t have the support of the number of delegates needed to have a fighting chance and so he decided to step aside and not be a spoiler.

 

Darrell Bradley, Former Belize City Mayor

“There would have been certain practical limitations to my candidacy that which recognized before I got into the race as party leader. There are certain challenges. I am not an elected person. And so many of the delegates had raised that. It is not regrettable and one of the things people may look at this and they may say well, you are a quitter, you are this and that. I hear it all. In politics one of the things I say you have to have very broad shoulders and you have to be very a little bit immune from public criticism. You do what is right. You try to base your decisions based on principals but no matter what you do, you will never make everyone happy. So it is not something that in reflection I would ever say it was a mistake. One of the things that you need is that you need a messenger. You need somebody who can communicate that information effectively, somebody who has credibility that can do that. I thought that I could, I still believe that I could fill that space. Again, it is for the delegates to make that decision. If one does not see themselves making a pathway to the leadership then you don’t want to be a spoiler, you don’t want to be in there just to disrupt the thing. I am a member of the United Democratic Party contrary to popular belief, I am team player and I want the United Democratic Party to do well.”

 

Omar Figueroa also withdrew from the leadership race.


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