Earlier you heard Hyde say that he does not believe in free passes. Yet, the Party of which he is Deputy Leader seemingly gave a free pass to Gilroy Usher in Port Loyola. We will recall that a couple months ago, Dr. Candice Pitts’ application to run as a candidate for Standard Bearer in Port Loyola was rejected. Instead, Gilroy Usher was endorsed by the PUP to represent the party in Port. According Hyde, his Party made the wrong decision in that instance, but he is hopeful that they can make better choices moving forward
Hon. Cordel Hyde, Area Representative for Lake Independence: Of course, because my position is this, if you can’t win a contested convention, you don’t deserve to be the standard bearer. I just go from my own personal experience, I had to beat my opponent more than 20 years ago twice in two conventions; first, for chairman of the division and then for standard bearer. We won the city council election back then by over 700 votes and we helped to make the party victorious in the city council election. The next two months when there was a convention my opponent said he is coming back. But once you go through that and come out of that, you are ready for the general election. I just feel like in hind sight, the party should have… The party got it wrong in Port Loyola, that’s my belief. When you look back you can always say, well we should have done it this way or that way. I think we have to learn from where we went wrong. I think at the end of the day, if you were going to allow a challenge in Albert Division, then you should have allowed the challenge in Port Loyola and everywhere else. We don’t always get it right, but I think we have to learn from our mistakes and hopefully going forward we get it right.