Tuesday, July 14th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Attorney Godfrey Smith has confirmed that he and PUP leader Francis Fonseca reached “a mutual agreement” for him to leave the post of national campaign manager with immediate effect.
While it is not a resignation, it does bring to an end a year and two months of Smith’s management which has been, to say the least, unsuccessful.
The PUP lost January’s by-election by a landslide in Cayo North; crumbled in the March municipal elections where they lost two southern strongholds in Dangriga and Punta Gorda and just held on to Orange Walk, and then lost further ground in Dangriga when area representative Ivan Ramos resigned, the PUP hesitated to put up replacement Anthony Sabal, then jumped fully into a three-week campaign for the by-election and lost by six hundred votes.
Smith is now out and the party has not yet named a replacement. Neither Smith nor Fonseca would speak on the record to the press but Fonseca said last week at his briefing in the wake of the by-election loss and said the party would do a proper assessment of its campaign, with everyone including Fonseca himself at their disposal.
At the time, he said, he was satisfied that Smith had tried his best to steer the campaign and support Sabal; he was not there, he stated, to “bring the Ashcroft money.” Smith remains Fonseca’s personal advisor.
Smith had replaced deputy party leader Julius Espat who led the party’s 2012 campaign; Ralph Fonseca had led the campaigns before that.
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