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The Senate Race In Caribbean Community

From Caribnews
By Michael D. Roberts

The 20th Senate District in Brooklyn is yet another district where the overwhelming ethnic population is Caribbean American. This was the district that was held for many years by Brooklyn’s present Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Earlier this year Carl Andrews won the remainder of Markowitz’s unfinished term in a special election where the only challenge came from Ms. Frances Purcell who ran on the Republican line and lost. Now Andrews appears set to win in November.

Jamaica-born businessman Wellington Sharp is among the names being tossed around to challenge Andrews who has the backing and support of the Brooklyn Democratic machinery on account of his chumminess with Assemblyman Clarence Norman the leader of the machinery.

It was Norman who flatly refused to support the on-again, off-again political guffaw of Roy Hastick the President of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, who moved from setting up an ‘exploratory committee’to run to just plain whimping out.

This campaign that never jettisoned any real candidate from the race since the political antics might have just been things to bring some short-term publicity and since Hastick perhaps never really wanted the job.

But he certainly was the best candidate that would have united Caribbean American support, making his victory as easy as taking candy from a kid. But in the end cowardice prevailed and Andrews romped home in a largely uncontested race that was run by the county who anointed one of its own. This showing by Andrews was the first since his defeat by former City Councilwoman Una Clarke in 1991. So a decade later, having done sweet nothing for the Caribbean American community in the interim, Andrews suddenly develops a burning love for us.

Just like former Councilman Noach Dear, who waged a bitter battle against poor van drivers trying to make a living in Brooklyn, who all but ignored the Black parts of his district, and who now professes a new-fangled love for Caribbean Americans, Andrews is now seen in every Caribbean American event. Both he and Dear know what the numbers are, and if our people get mad and energized a credible Caribbean American candidate that can take out Andrews, and deny Dear any shot at the State senate not withstanding the fact that both have managed to attract to their ranks a set of political prostitutes from our community.

 

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