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Bush hopeful for clean campaign for 2017

Well it’s official Cayman is in election mode.
We’ve now seen public meetings from the Independents the Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) and now the Progressives.
We’ve seen a brutal US election campaign, the question is will it be the same here?
Opposition Leader Hon. McKeeva Bush says he hopes not.
“Our campaign must be about issues, not personalities,” he says commenting on what he believes Cayman’s campaign 2017 should be. But on the heels of a bruising US elections he says shades of those same tactics are evident here.

“I certainly see some aspects of the acrimony building up here. I see the scare mongering, I see the smearing of characters and certainly they are good at it, those that are doing it now,” Mr Bush says.

In the run up to the US elections contentious immigration comments were made by now-President Elect Donald Trump and similar sentiments have been echoed here, but Mr Bush is hopeful.

“Certainly, I do not want to see hatred. I do not want to see any blowing things out of proportion, but you must be prepared and you must protect your people,” he says.

And the Opposition Leader says his campaign will be clean, but that does not mean he will keep quiet.
“I certainly is not going down slandering anybody, defaming anybody. I will defend myself,” he adds.

As Cayman heads to polls on May 24, 2017 and parties are gear up for battle with 19 single member constituencies up for grabs. It remains to be seen what battle ground Cayman will look like.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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