I love this place
My immediate reaction was that the DrumpfManic promotion of fisticuffs and uncivilized behavior didn't take long to filter down to the local GOP.
I have to say that I believe John Canegata is being maligned here and in the press. Though I have not seen him in a few years, I was an acquaintance of his. Our children attended school together and his wife was best friends with a close friend of mine. We had the opportunity to attend a few social occasions together, (kid birthday parties). On two of those occasions I had the pleasure of having very long conversations with John. He is a delightful man. Very down to earth, kind and he has a burning enduring love for St. Croix. The first time we met he was still working for Hovensa and his shooting range was a hobby that he loved. We talked for hours about his desire to make St. Croix and the VI a better place. He wanted to bring back farming, the dairies, make the schools better, streamline the government, get rid of corruption in the government, his ideas on stopping crime and mentoring teens. He spoke of his life on St. Croix as a child and how much he loved this island.
One thing that really stood out to me in our conversation was how passionate he was about people having enough food. It was something he worried about. The thought of anyone being hungry made him crazy.
I know his wife and daughter a little bit better and they are both so sweet.
I don't have any reason to defend John Canegata. We are not friends and we don't socialize. I spent a few afternoons a few years ago having conversation with him. I really liked him. A very nice man. I just thought I would throw in my two cents even if it doesn't matter.
It is an election year and the thing to do it seems is to hate everyone who disagrees with your politics. I don't understand it. I have many friends who's politics are different from my own and we don't hate each other. We just agree to disagree and have respect for each other.
Ok, I'm done.
I'm not so hot on the Yob takeover, myself.
Chaos is as chaos does and chaos they've created.
Did they fulfill the residency requirements?
The whole election system needs to be reformed.
Not to mention the party system here which are basically non existent, can't fund themselves but depends on taxpayers, regardless of affiliations, and everyone switching parties to suit their needs. It's all a mess.
There is nothing in the VI Code that says 90 day wait time for registration. There is supposedly an Act that states it, but nobody has presented that as evidence in court yet - it has only been mentioned in the paper as a quote from Ms Fawkes. Supposedly the Act was passed to prevent Hess and other employers who brought workers to the island for short term assignments from controlling elections by bringing people in and telling them who to vote for.
Canegata's actions, imo, make it look as though he wants to deny Yob & Co their seats that they seem to be, so far, legally qualified for. Even if there is a 90 day residency requirement, Yob & Co will sue to get it amended and the Supreme Court has ruled in their favor for shorter residency requirements in other jurisdictions. Btw, it was Canegata who was quoted on national tv as calling the Vice Chair a felon and a Nazi which made him look very unprofessional.
Yob has repeatedly been interviewed on the national political news outlets, and every time I see him he's been interviewed in Michigan. It doesn't look to me as though he's representing the VI though he did say the VI was a great place to live and visit in one of his interviews.
Hopefully now people will start paying attention to candidates and voting laws so they can be prepared to make more informed decisions and participate in elections.