When the press spoke with the Prime Minister at the Biltmore Hotel, news had just broken across town at Independence Hall of the announcement of Richard Harrison as the PUP candidate for Cayo North.
The Prime Minister however remained steadfast in his support of Omar Figueroa, the UDP’s candidate.
Here was his reaction.
“I don’t think we were too much concerned as to which of the two aspirants were to be chosen. We honestly feel that Omar Figueroa is an excellent candidate. He has the advantage of having been working in the area prior to his February convention win, and thereafter.
We feel that in all the circumstances, the momentum clearly is with him and with the UDP, and so we are altogether confident of victoty.”
Meanwhile there are rumblings in Orange Walk East of a possible recall drive for PUP incumbent Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez, who has already said he will not seek reelection due to health issues. But if there is one, as alleged by reported UDP operatives on a local radio station this week, the Prime Minister says the UDP are not behind it. .
Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“I don’t know who said that, but that’s not the official position.”