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Godfrey Smith leaves campaign manager post

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.godfrey smith

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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  1. David Acosta says:

    I believe the PUP still needs to regain the people’s confidence. The credibility which they lost between 2003 and 2008 is still a factor why they are losing election after election. People who are stained need to leave and make way for people who will return the Party’s credibility. The PUP is not a club that belongs to a few but it is an Organization that belongs to the members, supporters and anybody else who believes in the philosophy of the Party. This country is suffering under the UDP and will continue to suffer unless the Leadership of the PUP does the right thing. Open up the party to people who will bring back Credibility to the Party. Ad if you are stained then do the right thing. Pack up and leave.

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