9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

Eager To Start Dropping ‘Bombs And Missiles,’ Mapp Announces Official Campaign Kickoff

News / Politics / Virgin Islands / May 16, 2018

ST. CROIX — Governor Kenneth Mapp has told this reporter on multiple occasions that he would wait until the Democratic primary had seen a winner on August 4 to launch in earnest his campaign. But at least one person close to the governor told The Consortium that Mr. Mapp has been eager to get into the fight. Indeed, he has promised that “bombs and missiles” will drop on gubernatorial opponents who turn out to be serious contenders.

So it comes as no surprise, then, that the governor will kick off his campaign earlier than expected — on Friday on St. Croix, followed by a selfsame event in St. Thomas the next day — according to promotions running on air and elsewhere, including this flyer.

For the launch, the governor has enlisted Krossfyah, Barbados’s most recognizable band known ubiquitously in the Caribbean for hits such as Pump Me Up, Wet Me, and Oil Pumpin’. Spectrum Band will join Krossfyah for the St. Croix event, and Poizon Band will join the two groups for the St. Thomas event the day after. The St. Croix event will take place at 7:00 p.m. across from Cost-U-Less and Plaza East; on St. Thomas, the kickoff happens at Lockhart Gardens also at 7:00 p.m.

The governor recently said that while his campaign would highlight his administration’s work to better the territory, he was not coy about his intention to hit his contenders where it hurts.

“We’re letting the others understand that it’s not going to be a cake walk; they’re coming to a real war so don’t come with no BB gun; don’t come with no sling shot [because] it’s missiles and bombs we have,” Mr. Mapp warned last Monday while filing his nomination documents at the Elections System on St. Croix.

“And I don’t want nobody bawling because this is not an easy job; public scrutiny is not easy. All of us who have been in elected office, we’ve been subjected to the public light, and there are a number of folks running for this [the governor’s] office that have not had any public scrutiny in their lives.

“We also tell young folks, when they’re running for political office, if there’s something in your life that you’ve done that you don’t want to ever see on the front page of a newspaper, don’t run for public office.”

The governor said many people refer to digging up unpleasant truths about gubernatorial hopefuls as running a low campaign. However, Mr. Mapp said while his campaign would talk about the successes of his administration’s four-year tenure, the so-called dirt about his opponents would be unearthed and brought to the fore.

“People also need to understand who is running for the office,” Mr. Mapp said. “So this year we want to talk about credit scores because you can’t want to handle billions of people’s dollars and then you can’t handle your few hundreds.”

The governor later told The Consortium that politics “is not a church meeting.” “We’re not serving communion,” he added. He said as governor, he is subjected to abuse by the populace. “Well, if you run for the office, you should not wait until you get into the office to feel some of the abuse. You should feel it on the campaign — we’re just preparing you just in case, right? That’s the kind of fun we have to have,” Mr. Mapp said.

Tags: , ,

Ernice Gilbert
I wear many hats, I suppose, but the one which fits me best would be journalism, second to that would be radio personality, thirdly singer/songwriter and down the line. I've been the Editor-In-Chief at my videogames website, Gamesthirst, for over 5 years, writing over 7,000 articles and more than 2 million words. I'm also very passionate about where I live, the United States Virgin Islands, and I'm intent on making it a better place by being resourceful and keeping our leaders honest. VI Consortium was birthed out of said desire, hopefully my efforts bear fruit. Reach me at [email protected]

Previous Post

Board Of Elections Members Appeal Superior Court's Single Board Ruling

Next Post

Mapp Approves Legislation Aimed At Regulating Billboards; Vetoes Measure Calling To Change In Electioneering Bill

You might also like

Leave a Reply

More Story

Board Of Elections Members Appeal Superior Court's Single Board Ruling

ST. THOMAS -- A recent Superior Court ruling that ordered members of the district boards of elections to adhere to the law,...

May 16, 2018