Hon Fraser wants no fight with Hon O’Neal
Dr O’Neal was upset with statements made by Hon Fraser at his public meeting on November 2, 2016 at the Catholic Community Centre on Virgin Gorda.
Hon Fraser had addressed the alleged inability by constituents to reach Hon O’Neal, going as far as suggesting that it may be a case of disrespect for the Representative through assistance by his own National Democratic Party (NDP). He pointed out that the shortcomings of any Representative of the Ninth District could be blamed on them not having clout and having a “lack of reach.”
A furious Dr O’Neal called his own meeting on November 9, 2016 at the Catholic Community Centre and, in a manner most unbecoming of an elected representative, said he is normally a quiet person but he was upset to the point that he would have punched Hon Fraser.
"But I could tell you something, after that I was so angry with that member. If he was anywhere near me, and I am telling you this from the depth of my heart right, if he was anywhere near me, he would find out how much reach I have and he would find out how much clout I have because I was going to hit him bottom up, put a good fist on his jawbone and he was going down."
Hon O’Neal even directly disrespected the House of Assembly (HoA) when he said he would have physically assaulted Hon Fraser in the HoA if necessary.
“I am very serious. I don’t normally do them kind of thing but he had me so angry that was what was going to happen. And I would have done it right in the House of Assembly too if necessary.”
According to Hon O’Neal, he was not going to take any “disrespect” from the Opposition Leader.
“So I want the Member to know that I am not going to take that kind of abuse from him. And if he is expecting me to just crawl up in my shell like a soldier crab and say nothing about it, that is not going to happen either.”
Can’t we just get along?
Meanwhile, Hon Fraser addressed the matter on his Facebook page on November 10, 2016, saying that in a “weird and incredibly ill-advised meeting” Dr O’Neal made a series of threats to him in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition and that he wished to respond with a hope that civility can return to politics in the Virgin Islands.
“Unlike the hostilities and threatening antics of Dr O'Neal -Member for the 9th District-, I thought I was quite civil to the Member as I only pointed out my observations, evidenced by the opening paragraphs of my very comprehensive presentation which had little else to do with him….There have been many observations that I made during the last General Elections Campaign, but none was more pertinent to you the people of Virgin Gorda than the need for you to ensure that your next Representative be someone in a position of high authority,” Hon Fraser said in sticking to his argument that Dr O’Neal lacks clout.
Meanwhile, many Virgin Gordians on social media expressed disappointment with their Representative. Some even suggested that the threats by Dr O’Neal were made outside of the House of Assembly where he was not protected by immunity and that the matter should be reported to the police.
Another said the Ninth District did not belong to the Representative and that any Member should be free to call meetings there. Dr O’Neal had called the meeting in Virgin Gorda by Hon Fraser ‘unprecedented’.
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