By Benjamin Flowers: Albert Division Area Representative Tracy Taegar Panton has publicly condemned her fellow parliamentarian Anthony Mahler for his treatment of a Channel 7 reporter during a recent interview.
Mahler, who behaved insultingly towards reporter Courtney Menzies following a question about the money spent on the International Food and Music Festival, went on to describe Menzies as two different breeds of dog and said that she would be “kicked in the face.”
Panton, a long-time advocate against gender-based violence, noted that she worked alongside Mahler in the tourism sector before and that the outburst surprised her because it didn’t fit his character.
“His attack on the news reporter from Channel 7 is wholly unacceptable and his direct threat to her is reprehensible. The Hon Anthony Mahler had a public MELTDOWN because he was asked a fair question as it relates to the accounting of the people’s money,” she said.
Panton also called for Mahler, the Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, to apologize to Menzies as well as provide a detailed financial report on the festival. Her call mirrors that of a statement made earlier today by Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow.