PNP's Brown Burke, Crawford take squabble to social media

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Turmoil is growing between People's National Party (PNP) vice-president, Senator Dr Angela Brown Burke and Damion Crawford, the state minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.

The tension between the two, OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt, stems from Brown Burke's objection to Crawford becoming the PNP's standard-bearer in Trelawny North. But Brown Burke, in a radio interview last month, denied the claim.

On Thursday, Crawford, the nationally popular Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural who lost his bid to represent the party in upcoming parliamentary elections, added fuel to a raging fire.

Having been invited to St Vincent and the Grenadines by the ruling Unity Labour Party to address its youth rally ahead of the country's December 9 general election, Crawford wrote the following on his Facebook page.

"Thank God Angela Brown Burke's punishment never extended to St Vincent; up here nice," he said.

But Brown Burke fired back saying: "Damion Crawford lef mi name alone. Ask Ralph if a nuh me tell him fi mek you come."

Crawford replied, "Angela Brown Burke Ralph not even mention you as someone to say hello to...ur influence nuh pass William Grant Park."

The squabble drew the attention of several users including former state minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Kern Spencer, who appealed to both comrades to bury the hatchet.

"Come on Damion Crawford and Angela Brown Burke. This cannot be the way. I went through hell and back and I hold no grudges. Let's settle this!!!" he urged.

The outspoken Crawford last week tweeted: "It seems me and the party heading towards irreconcilable differences #prenup."

Efforts to contact Brown Burke and  the party's General Secretary Paul Burke were unsuccessful.

More later.

Kimone Francis

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