What The U S Had To Say Bout Brave Davis

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The Punch ran a false and defamatory story about the Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis.  The Leader announced legal action. The story said that the US found him unacceptable and that this came from the mouth of former Leader of the PLP Perry Christie.  Perhaps Mr. Christie ought to issue a statement clarifying this.  It is certainly false. Here is what Wikileaks revealed about the private opinions that the US had about Mr. Davis.  The note was written by then Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole Avant.

OPPOSITION LEADER CHRISTIE’S “SCORCHED EARTH POLICY” SUCCEEDS
Date:

2009 October 26, 19:48 (Monday)

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09NASSAU657_a

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CONFIDENTIAL

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CONFIDENTIAL

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1839

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TEXT ONLINE

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BF – The Bahamas | PGOV – Political Affairs–Government; Internal Governmental Affairs | PHUM – Political Affairs–Human Rights | PINR- Political Affairs–Intelligence | PREL – Political Affairs–External Political Relations

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TE – Telegram (cable)

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Bahamas Nassau

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Caribbean Community Secretary of State

 

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Classified By: DCM Zuniga-Brown for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

(U) Bahamian incumbent leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Perry Christie retained his party,s leadership position, securing 84% of his party conventions’ delegate votes. In the lead up to the October 21-23 Convention Christie had threatened a &scorched earth policy8 against any candidates who dared to challenge him. His challengers, stalwart Dr. Bernard Nottage, and attorney Paul Moss received 204 and 23 votes respectively. Christie received 1,158 votes. Christie also beat Nottage in, 1997 and 1998. 2. (U) In the race for Deputy PLP leader, Member of Parliament Phillip &Brave8 Davis received 767 votes, beating candidates Obie Wilchcombe who received 401 votes and Jerome Fitzgerald who received 217 votes. In the race for party Chairman Bradley Roberts received 834 votes, incumbent Glenys Hanna-Martin received 367, Ken Dorsett received 141, and Keod Smith received 141. 3. (C) Comment. Christie’s election, despite a highly critical internal report, indicates his continued hold over the party and entrenched support from party stalwarts. However, the election of Brave Davis is evidence of growing dissatisfaction within the party. The negative public perception of the PLP combined with current scandals involving PLP members and the Travolta trial as well as personal legal troubles, could eventually put Davis in a good position to challenge Christie for leader. Should Davis eventually attain the position, it would be unlikely to cause any change to the U.S.-GCOB relationship. AVANT