Monday, October 24, 2011

Charles Brumskine: “Pres. Sirleaf Did Not Make Any Job Offer to Me”

By: Liberty Party-USA
Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine
Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, Standard Bearer of Liberty met with members of Liberty Party- USA (MoLP-USA) and other supporters of the party in the United States in a conference call on Saturday, October 22, 2011 to express his gratitude for their tremendous support and involvement with the party during the campaign. He encouraged supporters to continue the work of the Party because “our country remains our country and our country must move forward...we must be united as a country.”

Cllr. Brumskine also took the opportunity to inform the group that he was stepping down as the Political Leader of the party and that Senator Franklin Siakor, the Vice Standard Bearer will act as the Political Leader until the party’s next convention. The Cllr. also informed the group of steps the party is taking to determine which of the two parties Liberty Party should endorse in the second round. In that effort, the party has met with Cllr. Winston Tubman of the CDC and Madam Ellen John-Sirleaf of the UP. The meetings were intended to afford Liberty Party an opportunity to more fully understand what each of the parties propose to take our country, as well as determine the disposition of each of parties toward issues on which Liberty Party campaigned. Cllr. Brumskine informed the group that the meetings were quite informative and productive. Both UP and CDC agreed to constitute a committee that will meet with a Liberty Party committee to discuss the party’s concerns and interests. The outcome of those meetings will inform the party’s decision makers as to whom to endorse. 

In response to a direct question about the alleged job offer to him by President Sirleaf in exchange for the Liberty Party endorsement of Unity Party during the second round, Cllr. Brumskine remarked, “President Sirleaf has not made any job offer to me.” He informed the group that Liberty Party’s primary consideration in determining which of the two contending parties Liberty Party will support would be what’s best for our country. He indicated that although we were not given the opportunity to govern, we are confident that we have won the respect of the Liberian people by the professional campaign we ran. Even when we differed, we did so with maturity and professionalism. Those same principles will guide us as we determine whom to endorse as a Party.

Liberty Party-USA recently (Friday) submitted its collective vote to the Party Chair, Senator Clarice Jah, advising her of our recommendation as to which of the two contending parties Liberty Party should endorse. The Party will formally announce its decision this week, prioritizing what we believe is strategically best for Liberia. We want to inform our supporters and Liberians in general that our party will be united in its decision, even when there are competing ideas. Liberty Party-USA will support the decision of the Party and work along with its strategic plan to keep the Party viable and active in the political landscape as we prepare to contribute to the success of Liberia over the next six years. We are convinced that together, Liberians can do better.

During the last several years, Liberty Party built an institution with a platform of ideas that any administration can use to spur economic growth, reconciliation, reformation of our governing values, and respect for the rule of law; an institution that is far bigger than any individual(s) within the party. It is from this platform that we make decisions, critique the government, and carry out our responsibilities as a viable opposition party. The process of making a formal decision regarding endorsement of the Party in the second round does not start and stop with Cllr. Brumskine; rather, it is a process informed by the views of all parts of the organization, including Liberty Party-USA.

May God bless Liberia, and may He bless the next President of Liberia as we all unite do what is best for Liberia.

Philip B. Suah, Jr.

Chairman, Liberty Party-USA

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