OBA’s Rodney Smith To Challenge Randy Horton

October 15, 2012 | 159 Comments

[Updated with video] The One Bermuda Alliance confirmed that Rodney Smith will stand for them in Constituency #32 Southampton West, and challenge the PLP’s Randy Horton, who has already been confirmed as the candidate for the area.

Mr Smith, who previously served as a PLP candidate, founded R.A.S. Construction and built and sold houses for 20 years, and is also known for his programme involving teaching people how to buy a house for little or no money down.

He was educated at Heron Bay and Sandys Secondary, and went on to Oakwood University in Alabama, where he was awarded first a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies, then a Masters degree. He is a well-known talk show caller, and was crowned ‘The Real Fish Cake King’ of Bermuda in 1998.

In the 2007 General Election, Mr Horton won 69.03% of the vote vs the UBP’s Charlie Swan [629–366]. Mr Swan was subsequently elected in a bye-election held in the neighbouring Constituency #31 Southampton West Central.

The OBA has now rolled out 32 of 36 candidates, with their candidates for C#34 Sandys South Central, C#29 Southampton East, C#20 Pembroke South West, and C#14 Devonshire North West to be announced.

Update 10.54am: Mr Smith said: “I stand here today, under the banner of the OBA, because I believe that it is the only political party in Bermuda able and willing to seriously address these issues.

“And I believe that Bermuda needs the OBA just now. We certainly can’t go on the way we have been going…change has to come if we are going to stop our economic fall and recapture what we’ve lost.”

Mr Smith’s full statement follows below:

I would like to begin by thanking our Party Leader, Craig Cannonier, and the Candidacy Selection Committee for choosing me to represent the One Bermuda Alliance in Constituency 32.

Many people know me from my efforts to promote housing for first-time home buyers in Bermuda, while others will recognize the sound of my voice over Talk-Radio. I have, over the years, addressed a number of key community concerns such as:

  • Reverse mortgages for seniors,
  • Jobs,
  • Education,
  • Drugs and crime,
  • Prison reform,
  • And last, but by no means least, the economy.

I stand here today, under the banner of the OBA, because I believe that it is the only political party in Bermuda able and willing to seriously address these issues. And I believe that Bermuda needs the OBA just now. We certainly can’t go on the way we have been going…change has to come if we are going to stop our economic fall and recapture what we’ve lost.

I think most people sense that the road we’re travelling down is not the right one for Bermuda, and that if we continue down it, there will be more bad blows for our people and the Island itself – which was once considered a world leader in quality of life.

We must have change. We must get off this road.

I’m putting myself forward as a political candidate because I can’t stand by and do nothing. I want to play a part in the rescue of Bermuda.

Constituency 32 is close to my heart for two good reasons: I have a lot of family and friends who live there, and I once owned property there, along Tribe Road #6.

Constituency 32 will be the home of the largest building project in the history of Bermuda, once the Morgan’s Point Development starts up. It will employ some 500 people and I will try to work to see to it that those within my constituency are among the first in line for any available jobs.

It is my hope that this development will also help to curb the problem we see at White Hill, at the junction of Middle Road and Woodlawn Road, where a number of young men hang out. I am a strong believer that work is a great tool to cure many of our social ills.

Work provides focus, meaning and identity in people’s lives, it provides an opportunity for relationships with others, and it provides a means for human development. It does those things legally, and it does them without hurting others.

Finally, to all those who live in Constituency 32, I would say that am happy to represent you on behalf of the OBA. When it is all said and done, let it be known that the fortunes of Bermuda turned with our victory in Constituency 32!

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Update 12.26pm: Video of the full press conference below

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  1. hmmm says:

    Oh my...this is bordering on desperation...they may as well have just conceded the seat.

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    • onion gal says:

      No, it's time for CHANGE!

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      • R Smith says:

        OBA,

        You can't be serious are you. This joker.

        This is desperation.

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        • Black Soil says:

          Rodney is going to hold the OBA accountable to put Bermuda first and bring about positive change for Bermuda!

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          • the spook says:

            Black Soil, You have it correct.Over the years you would note that Rodney has not been afraid to speak to the real issues going on in Bermuda.VOTE OBA.

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      • hmmm says:

        You can't just have change for the sake of it. It has to at least appear to be an improvement. Sorry This doesn't cut it.

        Mr Horton will win this easily.

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      • undecided voter says:

        Now everyone is FLIP FLOPPING LOLOLOLOL. Black Bermudians are the only ones that flip!. Whites just make another party and call it Old Bermuda A$$ (OBA) and everyone jumps in 10 hours. Do I bet on black or white in Vegas?

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        • permit this says:

          Actually in Vegas or in any Casino you would bet RED or Black. With that IQ no wonder you support the PLP. And since you like acronyms how about PLP Politicians Lining Pockets. or Politicians Lying to People.

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    • Truth says:

      all u have to do is get on the radio n the oba will com after u ray charton now this guy damn

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      • Truth says:

        sorry oba u all will lose the election by a land slide and than all you ppl will b going even crazyer that ur under a black govrnment still lol

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    • swing voter says:

      I'll vote for poop on a stick if it means a change in direction....these last minute gimmicks ain't changing my mind....if you care about your country more than party polictics, vote OBA

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  2. Come Correct says:

    Oh these comments will be priceless...

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  3. Ummm says:

    Didn't this guy toss out his tenant years ago?

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  4. they crazyiness gotta stop says:

    sad, this man has just recieved his masters in Religion, yet he spends more time trying to divide. he should spend more time preaching the gospel and less time worrying about politics. We hear so much from him, we want to see his life and not hear it. Ps wonder what all of those who went to Howard with him, in the early 80's think now? hmmmm, they all know!

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    • Concerned says:

      I guess you haven't heard about the Rev. who obtained a lease for White's Island via the Deputy Leader - another behind the door activity. There are others that have their Masters as well and look how they are using them. MASTERS OF DECPTION!!!

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    • the spook says:

      I see that you did not go to school, " they crazyiness gotta stop". I went to school with Rodney at Howard University, and the example he set there is the same example he has set back home here in Bermuda. If I want something done, I go to Rodney.He's a man of his word. He'll help anyone.Since you know so much about Howard, find out which Minister ran with Stokley Carmichael, and who sold weed.All black men are not crazy like you.Rodney I respect you very much. Using your method, I brought Five Homes.I'm soon to be retired at age 55.Enough Love Rodney. Much Respect. WHOSE LAUGHING NOW------CRAZY.

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  5. onion gal says:

    Go Rodney!!!

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  6. King Jammys says:

    Great choice! Much better than Randy " Ah-Ah" Horton.

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    • hmmm says:

      At least Mr Horton doesn't sound like he wants to fight the world every time he opens his mouth.

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      • Concerned says:

        Randy Horton was released as Minister of Education just a few days after his visit to St. David' Primary School unprepared as usual to tell the Parents and Community that the name of the school was going to be changed - I guess he wasn't forceful enough, so EB told him to sit down. I wonder why Mr. Horton, Ms. Butterfield and Mr. James allows the PLP to abuse them? Good going OBA, finally someone from the PLP has seen the light - well done Mr. Smith, well done.

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        • R Smith says:

          I would say another PLP person who ran out of a room of people listening to his hot air. Please tell me 1 good idea that this man has ever come up with.

          The minute he even mentions reverse mortgages, the PLP should ask him why he doesn't have one.

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          • the spook says:

            R Smith, The more you open your mouth the DUMBER YOU SOUND. Did'nt Rodney show us how to buy a house with little or on money down and tell our seniors what a reversible morgage is? What else do you want him to do for you?

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          • Triangle Drifter says:

            Pretty simple, He does not need a reverse mortgage. His wise investments pay for him to live comfortably

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        • hmmm says:

          Its funny how OBA-ers always try to use these PLP names and put them out there as being used and abused. It is so funny because I'm sure the candidates themselves aren't feeling used.

          The ones feeling used will be the OBA ones put in losing seats never to be heard from again after the next election.

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    • R Smith says:

      You can't be serious, great choice. What do you know about Rodney Smith?

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    • rusty says:

      Where is Randy ? we never hear a word from him ,I think Horton has been around for to long and is comfortable getting his perks from the ruling party.

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  7. media says:

    After hearing Rodney call the talk shows daily in support of the OBA, I was not surprised by this announcement. I think he is a good choice. He has been beating the drum for the OBA over the airwaves for months now and what he says makes a lot of sense. Keep it up Rodney!

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  8. Always Watching says:

    Well i am a constituent of 32 and was seriously, as a former UBP member, going to vote OBA until this. I would never vote for Rodney. He is an arrogant, self serving idiot !!!

    Looks like Randy just picked up one more vote.

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    • the spook by the door says:

      La Vern is that you , pulling our leg again.

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      • LaVerne Furbert says:

        LaVerne never posts anonymously. You haven't learned that yet? Remember, I have the courage of my convictions Spook. By the way, Rodney Smith has offered himself as a candidate for three political parties to date: UBP, PLP, OBA. I need to do some research to see if he put his name forward for the NLP as well. He is not unlike the last candidate announced by the OBA - a swing candidate - swinging from party to to party.

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        • the spook says:

          Laverne,You made an interesting point.Do you measure all your candidates by the same rule? Julian Hall, Wayne Fubert, Maxwell Burgess, Jarmell Simmons, Wayne Santucci, ie. and the list goes on.They all changed parties. Fair is Fair, or do not criticize the men you like. Rodney has saved this country thousands of dollars, just by staying out of jail.Don't you have any thing good to say about Rodney? or are you pervented by your Love for Dr. Brown.? VOTE OBA.

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          • White sheet says:

            Yes please vote OBA.

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            • Come Correct says:

              Plp tactics are truly sad...desperate. Can't win an election without stirring emotions with racism.

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              • the spook says:

                Come Correct, We the Friends of Rodney Smith thank for your comment. The PLP would even attempt to destory a young successful black man, who has kept himself out of jail, saving the tax payers of this country lots of money. Rodney's only crime is hard work.Maybe the PLP would respect him more if he broke the law? Go Rodney GO. VOTE OBA ALL THE WAY.

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                • Johnny says:

                  Why do you have to put "kept himself out of jail" in your comment. Do you believe it is the norm for black men to go to jail. When you describe Micheal
                  Dunkly do you throw in "he has kept himsellf out of jail". Are you racist Spook?

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    • Zombie Apocalypse says:

      Betty? Special Girl? That's you isn't it.

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  9. hmm says:

    This guy is a clown, this is the same man who's name was down as a PLP candidate a couple elections ago until he kicked out his tenant wrongfully and in a nasty way, Putting the peoples' hard earned property out in the yard. Guess he thinks people will like him because he used to do the fish cake battles with Butler.

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    • the spook says:

      La vern is that you again trying to pull our leg.

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    • the spook says:

      hmm,If you would be so kind to review the newspaper stories of the day you would had read Rodney say 'If he was so wrong, why would this same tenant leave her mother in his apartment for the next three years, right up until the day she died."She should have taken her mother down the road with her, but she didn't!surely, you hmm ,would not leave you mother around a man who is so bad!Why, because even this tenant's mother sided with Rodney. So hmm, you don't know the whole story do you? Rodney, told me just what happen. By the way hmm, of all the stories you remembered, why didn't you mention the 500 plus people Rodney helped to become home owners? Is this the Bermudian way, to KILL ANY BLACK MALE WHO IS NOT PLP? GO RODNEY GO> VOTE OBA-BERMUDA.

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  10. Maybe Dale Butler will follow Rodney Smith. I thought those two were inseparable.

    R. Smith ask, "What do we know about Rodney Smith?" I ask, "What do we know about those in the ruling party?" I am sure that if you turned them upside down and gave them a good shaking, you would be surprised what would fall out of their pockets!

    Go Rodney! Go Rodney!

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    • Out of flight says:

      We all know about you.

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    • Cleancut says:

      I think we will see a few more cross the floor in the coming weeks. At the end of the day its just really about Bermudians deciding that the change is needed with a fresh new start and telling Bermuda's international players that we are going to discard the individuals in the PLP that are disingenuous and rude with ulterior motives.

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  11. Amazed says:

    This election will prove beyond any doubt that people join political parties for personal gain Not because they want to serve their communities. Not long ago Mr Cannoniere announced that the OBA had all their people ready, then two weeks ago Mr. Bascome said he was talking with both sides about running and then choose the OBA not because he believes in them but because he believes in himself! For the people of this country that just want the best for the island it all seems one big mess! We deserve better!

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    • the spook says:

      Amazed, You can always put your name forward ,since you believe that you're better than everyone else.Think that others can love Bermuda as much as you? or are you superior than everyone else? Rodney Smith and Mr. Bascome are strong black men who love and care about the success of Bermuda.Support them with your vote.GO Rodney GO. VOTE OBA.

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  12. R Smith says:

    In other news, Nandi looks thoroughly uninterested in the first photo.

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  13. Honestly says:

    BIG TIME JOKER..NOW POLITICIAN!!!

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  14. Kim Smith says:

    I have been listening to Mr. Rodney Smith's comments on talk radio over the past year or so and have found him to be very balanced and thoughtful in his responses. Politics is a tricky landscape to navigate but I wish him well and urge him to maintain his personal integrity despite what goes on around him.

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  15. OBA’s Rodney Smith To Challenge Randy Horton
    October 15, 2012 | 21 Comments
    [Updated] The One Bermuda Alliance confirmed that Rodney Smith will stand for them in Constituency #32 Southampton West, and challenge the PLP’s Randy Horton, who has already been confirmed as the candidate for the area.

    Mr Smith, who previously served as a PLP candidate, founded R.A.S. Construction and built and sold houses for 20 years, and is also known for his programme involving teaching people how to buy a house for little or no money down.

    He was educated at Heron Bay and Sandys Secondary, and went on to Oakwood University in Alabama, where he was awarded first a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies, then a Masters degree. He is a well-known talk show caller, and was crowned ‘The Real Fish Cake King’ of Bermuda in 1998.

    In the 2007 General Election, Mr Horton won 69.03% of the vote vs the UBP’s Charlie Swan [629–366]. Mr Swan was subsequently elected in a bye-election held in the neighbouring Constituency #31 Southampton West Central.

    The OBA has now rolled out 32 of 36 candidates, with their candidates for C#34 Sandys South Central, C#29 Southampton East, C#20 Pembroke South West, and C#14 Devonshire North West to be announced.

    Update 10.54am: Mr Smith said: “I stand here today, under the banner of the OBA, because I believe that it is the only political party in Bermuda able and willing to seriously address these issues.

    “And I believe that Bermuda needs the OBA just now. We certainly can’t go on the way we have been going…change has to come if we are going to stop our economic fall and recapture what we’ve lost.”

    Mr Smith’s full statement follows below:

    I would like to begin by thanking our Party Leader, Craig Cannonier, and the Candidacy Selection Committee for choosing me to represent the One Bermuda Alliance in Constituency 32.

    Many people know me from my efforts to promote housing for first-time home buyers in Bermuda, while others will recognize the sound of my voice over Talk-Radio. I have, over the years, addressed a number of key community concerns such as:

    Reverse mortgages for seniors,
    Jobs,
    Education,
    Drugs and crime,
    Prison reform,
    And last, but by no means least, the economy.
    I stand here today, under the banner of the OBA, because I believe that it is the only political party in Bermuda able and willing to seriously address these issues. And I believe that Bermuda needs the OBA just now. We certainly can’t go on the way we have been going…change has to come if we are going to stop our economic fall and recapture what we’ve lost.

    I think most people sense that the road we’re travelling down is not the right one for Bermuda, and that if we continue down it, there will be more bad blows for our people and the Island itself – which was once considered a world leader in quality of life.

    We must have change. We must get off this road.

    I’m putting myself forward as a political candidate because I can’t stand by and do nothing. I want to play a part in the rescue of Bermuda.

    Constituency 32 is close to my heart for two good reasons: I have a lot of family and friends who live there, and I once owned property there, along Tribe Road #6.

    Constituency 32 will be the home of the largest building project in the history of Bermuda, once the Morgan’s Point Development starts up. It will employ some 500 people and I will try to work to see to it that those within my constituency are among the first in line for any available jobs.

    It is my hope that this development will also help to curb the problem we see at White Hill, at the junction of Middle Road and Woodlawn Road, where a number of young men hang out. I am a strong believer that work is a great tool to cure many of our social ills.

    Work provides focus, meaning and identity in people’s lives, it provides an opportunity for relationships with others, and it provides a means for human development. It does those things legally, and it does them without hurting others.

    Finally, to all those who live in Constituency 32, I would say that am happy to represent you on behalf of the OBA. When it is all said and done, let it be known that the fortunes of Bermuda turned with our victory in Constituency 32!
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    .hmmm says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:00 am
    Oh my…this is bordering on desperation…they may as well have just conceded the seat.

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    onion gal says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:24 am
    No, it’s time for CHANGE!

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    R Smith says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:27 am
    OBA,

    You can’t be serious are you. This joker.

    This is desperation.

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    hmmm says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:33 am
    You can’t just have change for the sake of it. It has to at least appear to be an improvement. Sorry This doesn’t cut it.

    Mr Horton will win this easily.

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    media says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:41 am
    You sound like you are a diehard PLP supporter, not a swing voter. So you would say that.

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    Come Correct says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:01 am
    Oh these comments will be priceless…

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    Ummm says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:10 am
    Didn’t this guy toss out his tenant years ago?

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    they crazyiness gotta stop says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:20 am
    sad, this man has just recieved his masters in Religion, yet he spends more time trying to divide. he should spend more time preaching the gospel and less time worrying about politics. We hear so much from him, we want to see his life and not hear it. Ps wonder what all of those who went to Howard with him, in the early 80′s think now? hmmmm, they all know!

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    Concerned says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:41 am
    I guess you haven’t heard about the Rev. who obtained a lease for White’s Island via the Deputy Leader – another behind the door activity. There are others that have their Masters as well and look how they are using them. MASTERS OF DECPTION!!!

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    onion gal says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:23 am
    Go Rodney!!!

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    King Jammys says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:28 am
    Great choice! Much better than Randy ” Ah-Ah” Horton.

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    hmmm says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:34 am
    At least Mr Horton doesn’t sound like he wants to fight the world every time he opens his mouth.

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    Concerned says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:41 am
    Randy Horton was released as Minister of Education just a few days after his visit to St. David’ Primary School unprepared as usual to tell the Parents and Community that the name of the school was going to be changed – I guess he wasn’t forceful enough, so EB told him to sit down. I wonder why Mr. Horton, Ms. Butterfield and Mr. James allows the PLP to abuse them? Good going OBA, finally someone from the PLP has seen the light – well done Mr. Smith, well done.

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    R Smith says:
    October 15, 2012 at 11:14 am
    I would say another PLP person who ran out of a room of people listening to his hot air. Please tell me 1 good idea that this man has ever come up with.

    The minute he even mentions reverse mortgages, the PLP should ask him why he doesn’t have one.

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    R Smith says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:40 am
    You can’t be serious, great choice. What do you know about Rodney Smith?

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    media says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:39 am
    After hearing Rodney call the talk shows daily in support of the OBA, I was not surprised by this announcement. I think he is a good choice. He has been beating the drum for the OBA over the airwaves for months now and what he says makes a lot of sense. Keep it up Rodney!

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    Always Watching says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:51 am
    Well i am a constituent of 32 and was seriously, as a former UBP member, going to vote OBA until this. I would never vote for Rodney. He is an arrogant, self serving idiot !!!

    Looks like Randy just picked up one more vote.

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    the spook by the door says:
    October 15, 2012 at 11:14 am
    La Vern is that you , pulling our leg again.

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    hmm says:
    October 15, 2012 at 10:52 am
    This guy is a clown, this is the same man who’s name was down as a PLP candidate a couple elections ago until he kicked out his tenant wrongfully and in a nasty way, Putting the peoples’ hard earned property out in the yard. Guess he thinks people will like him because he used to do the fish cake battles with Butler.

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    October 15, 2012 at 11:02 am
    Maybe Dale Butler will follow Rodney Smith. I thought those two were inseparable.

    R. Smith ask, “What do we know about Rodney Smith?” I ask, “What do we know about those in the ruling party?” I am sure that if you turned them upside down and gave them a good shaking, you would be surprised what would fall out of their pockets!

    Go Rodney! Go Rodney!

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    • R Smith says:

      You felt the need to repost the story for what reason.

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    • hmmm says:

      Why would u post the whole comment thread again?

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    • Mayan says:

      Good god...I lost interest in that by the third paragraph.

      Listening to Rodney Smith is like nails on a chalkboard to me...vould the OBA not get any more desperate???

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      • OBA Get a Life says:

        We'll see who is next, you never know.

        Kenny, Rodney, Ed Bailey.. So much for new and improved UBP, just call it UBP

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      • Triangle Drifter says:

        I guess that you have never listened to Paula Cox then have you. The public speaking abilities of an awful lot of MPs, particularly the uneducated ones, leaves much to be desired.

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  16. Randal says:

    I had some tenants in a condo I purchased and they initially paid their rent but after the first year the deposits became more and more infrequent to the point that they were more than six months in arrears - while I still had a bank mortgage and other obligations on the property to meet every month. I eventually lost my patience and any remaining goodwill I had to these folks and went the magistrates court route and got the court order, etc. The tenant just laughed at me and there was nothing I could really do - it took about another seven months to get them evicted and they left the place a mess. My point is that if Mr. Smith threw his tenants out in the way that he did because of non-payment of rent, I wholeheartedly applaud him because in this case the law is a joke and deserves to be treated as such.

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    • the spook says:

      Randal, You should talk to Rodney.He made the point that the Landlord Tenant Act places all the up front cost on the landlord to have the tenant removed from the property/court cost.The courts know that they have no where to place bad tenants so they try to leave the problem with the landlord for as long as possible.See the point.As I can recall Rodney's former tenants found somewhere else to live that same night. Problem Solved.

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      • OBA Get a Life says:

        you seem to know a hell of a lot abou this situation. Are you sure you are not Rodney yourself?

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        • the spook says:

          OBA Get a Life,If you would take the time to talk to Rodney, he would tell you the same thing.Why you don't believe the truth because you want to make Rodney look bad. What's up with you? Would you leave your mother with a person whom you thought to be so bad? As bad as the situation was,the truth is the truth.The fomer tenants speak to Rodney today.Hey OBA Get a Life, get over it.Go Rodney GO. VOTE OBA BERMUDA.

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  17. Staying focus says:

    Looks like Pat Ferguson has gone off the cliff. She seems to display the same kinda of behavioural characteristics as Rodney. Rodney has been in every party in Bermuda, he seldom is committed to anyone or anything. It is all about Rodney. For the OBA to select him, suggest a lack of quality candidate exist, or they had no other folks willing to run. Looks like the OBA were desperate for a candidate. Ferguson long dribble salivate, drivel, and sloppy comments are evident of that. Rodney finally got his place in the Sun, for Show only. He is not capable of much, as he tends to flip, flop on all things. It is about himself, and what he can gain, and forget the main purpose of the party. Well OBA I will wait and what the cartoon show, as Rodney often displays such behaviours.

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    • the spook says:

      Hey Staying Focus, The party is over for the PLP.Let's judge them by their record.Surely, Rodney's done some good for Bermuda.

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      • Staying focus says:

        It looks like it is more over for the OBA, what will you do after the election? The OBA picked a bad candidate, and it is evident by your need to comment on everyone's statement. You’re working hard to cover the big mistake, followed by the other bad choice of Ras. You are defending the indefensive mate. Hey I see it is easy to become an OBA candidate, just call into the Talk Show a few times, and I do not even have to do the more difficult interviews on HOTT radio channel to past the test. No just have to pass the weaker interviews on ZBM. OOH stay away from that radio channel, like the other entire OBA candidates out of fear that I may fail or do poorly on HOTT to address the issues. Bad random choice by the OBA. Desperate times call for desperate decisions.

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        • the spook says:

          Staying focus, You could put your name forward, but we know you won't. What's in your closet? Name one perfect person.What's up with your hard on for Rodney? He's a young black man trying to show people how to buy homes with little or no money down, and you can't even appreciate that. What else is left for him to show you! VOTE OBA.

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      • OBA Get a Life says:

        Spook,

        Which part of the record do you not like?

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    • street wise says:

      "He is not capable of much, as he tends to flip, flop on all things. It is about himself, and what he can gain, and forget the main purpose of the party."

      That sounds just like the plp. Y'all a bunch of hypocrites.

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  18. swingingfrom the chandeliers!! says:

    Go Rodney !,GO Rodney! its your turn to shine. People that meet you face to face and have a conversation with you ,will immediately realize that you are a warm, friendly person and not bad on the eyes...apart from that I enjoy hearing you everyday on the radio, you are not afraid to say whats on YOUR mind..at least you have one!We know you care about Bermuda because you will go to any party to try and represent us... so far you have been an added pleasure to our community and hope you garner lots of votes! even though I am a swinger.

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    • the spook says:

      Swinging from the Chandeliers, The last time I heard Rodney speak on the radio, he was looking for people like you to vote O B A. You are just one of the 5% needed to change the direction of Bermuda.

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      • swingingfrom the chandeliers!! says:

        @spook--BOOOYA!!!!BOOO!!! you don't have a clue about me thats why you assume''not voting at all just like Rodney!!

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      • OBA Get a Life says:

        Seems like the OBA have paid bloggers now.

        Websites - Bought and paid for
        Bus Stations - Got that too
        Slick Ads on TV - Grant fired some people at Cap G to free up room for that
        Blogs - Got a few people in pen names to lure people in

        What exacly are you selling people on?

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  19. Bermuda Mom says:

    OBA is a JOKE !! Nandi has the nerve to show up at the press conference and she didn't even canvas her own area this weekend !!

    RODNEY will NEVER win this seat. I need to start calling into the talk shows, maybe OBA will roll me out next !! LMAO

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  20. K. Thomas says:

    Bermudians' favorite activity is mudslinging. He who is without fault, let him cast the first stone. Rodney Smith has accomplished a lot, he tries to help others, and he tries to be a good citizen. He voices his opinions on the radio to stir up conversation and participation of those who just like to talk and sling. Is he perfect? No! But if you look in the mirror, you'll see someone else who is not as well!!!!

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    • the spook says:

      K Thomas, Are you related to Rodney? You sound as if your in his corner 100%. He needs more supporters like you.There are some good people left in Bermuda.

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  21. Hmmmmm says:

    Lord, we are in so much trouble. If this is the best we can produce to run for the House then we are in a sad state. On both sides, with few exceptions, we have the worst selection of non-intellectuals in the history of this country. How can anyone take us seriously?

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    • the spook says:

      Hmmmmm,With no one else qualified to run for the House, you can always put your name forward. But no ,your Chicken Liver would not allow you to.Man- up, and take your dress off.Maybe we'll all love you for the woman you are.Go OBA. Rodney is a good choice.If more young men would follow his example maybe there would be less trouble with our young black males.

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      • OBA Get a Life says:

        You can't be serious. Please name me one thing Rodney Smith has done of note except for throw his tentant's belogings into the street?

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        • LOL (original TM*) says:

          Apparently he's helped many people become home owners. Guess that doesn't help people you must own your own house.............

          LOL

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    • street wise says:

      "Lord, we are in so much trouble" thanks to the amateurs in the PLP! It couldn't get much worse! We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by voting for change. Think long and hard before you vote for the PLP again....

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  22. SoMuchMore says:

    Where is Laverne in all this? LOL

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  23. The Eye Is On The Sparrow says:

    You gotta be bloody well kidding me!!! "Hey OBA I need a job too. Can I run for one of your constituents also? Come on man set me up."

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  24. Vulpes says:

    PLP Guy:

    Rolfe, convicted armed bank robber who has never apologized.

    OBA Guy:

    Crockwell, convicted of stealing illegal drugs from Supreme Court safe, where he was employed. He did apologise.

    PLP Guy:

    Andre Curtis: convicted swindler who claims to have ended gang violence while in jail.

    OBA Guy:

    Rodney Smith: removed a deadbeat tenant without following due process.

    Not much of a choice frankly for any voter stuck with any of these candidates who wants to vote for the party they think best - but on the balance, the two OBA candidates seem a little less off the wall, but only by a few degrees... Please feel free to add to list.

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  25. the spook says:

    Vulpes,With such a poor selection of candidates to chose from, PUT YOUR NAME FORWARD.NO LITTLE BOY DON't VOTE THEY RUNnnnnnnnnnnn.ANd you want Bermuda to follow you. Your a JOKE!!!!!!!!GO Rodney GO. Bermuda VOTE OBA.

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  26. Spikes says:

    I was thinking that the OBA stands a good chance to gain key seats in the next election. What in the world were they thinking of to put up Rodney Smith for election? He is the most hated man in Bermuda. Everyday that he comes on talk show, people would come up to me to express how much they hate his arrogant, self-hating ways. That selection is definitely scraping the bottom of the barrel. OBA is going to pay for this mistake, it is an unwise move.

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    • Zombie Apocalypse says:

      No. We all know who the most hated man in Bermuda is.

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    • the spook says:

      Spikes, Why are you being so rude. Of the billions of sperms released by your father YOU WERE NUMBER ONE? The rest must have been very Dumb.Rodney has done some positive things for Bermuda. Showing people how to own their home must count for something.? You think! GO Rodney GO. VOTE OBA.

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      • K$% says:

        Lets keep putting the black men in front to fight the battles for us.

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        • the spook says:

          K$%, WHY IS THAT THE UBP=OBA and PLP/UBP still = PLP.With all the over spending and sorry excuses you have nothing to say? WISE BLACK MEN SPEAK UP AND THEN MOVE ON. I guess since you stayed ,you've answered the question for yourself .

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          • K$% says:

            Bernews.......The Spook is another name they refered to blacks as back in the day. When I typed KKK you blacked it out, please keep it real and not because the OBA are supporting you're website top right of my screen! : (
            If you going to do that to me block spook out also please.

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  27. tidbit says:

    In previous blogs here I stated I will give my vote to the OBA. However if I was living in the Southampton West area I wouldnt vote for anyone( and I like Randy Horton and would love see him become the leader of the PLP). OBA how well did you vet Rodney Smith? ------ OBA I am totally disappointed. Trust me if he dont get elected he is going to want a Senate seat. Beware because your current leadership will be challenged(if he hangs around long enough.

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    • the spook says:

      tidbid, Upon investigation, why would you as a close friend of Rodney be carrying on like that? Jealousy is something.Are you the guy from St. David's?

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  28. Yankee Boy says:

    Laverne's headed to south to a cabinet member wedding

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  29. Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

    this jus goes to show how stretched bda is in havin people that step up to running this island....just stop for a moment and think ....who would get up and be a better candidate ......plenty of armchair quarterbacks here for sure....if YOUR ideas for this islands recovery will work then STEP UP and get voted in....sitting behind ur pc screen never solved a problem ...be proactive ....the cure for prevention....too much diagnosis from you all...we have already been diagnosed ....we're dying ....now all hands on deck stat!!....wake up and learn the unknown ...its almost too late

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  30. Concerned Bda citizen says:

    Ooops big mistake if you vote for R.Smith, because he is not a good example as a good candidate, as you Rodney talking in the radio and I'm sick of listening you. Just look up yourself in a mirror and ask yourself, Am I good model? of course you are not, solved your own family problem first, because you have so many issues in your life. I will not vote for you.

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    • the spook says:

      Concerned Bda citizen, As your family is some example of public virtue.Rodney has had problems but they have not stopped him from achieving his dreams.Do I tell the problems about what I know about you personally? You can't hide. There are devices that reveal who you are and the things that have gone on inside your house. By the way, put your name forward as a candidate and see what the public says about you.Since your such a saint, please show my friend Rodney,how to live better by following your example. BY the way, are the police still looking for you?

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  31. tidbit says:

    Bernews it is obvious you control the mindset of the people! Why didnt you print the earlier statement about Rodney Smith and the OBA needing to fully VET him before they announced him as a candidate. Maybe if they did his ----- would have told them a word of two that would have made them scratch their head.

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    • the spook says:

      tidbid,We the Friends of Rodney, know of no such statement. You must be confusing Rodney with some one else.Do you dislike him that much, that even if he could help you, you would refuse his help? Now if that's the case, who really has the problem, you or Rodney? You don't recall all those positive things he did in the community?Surely helping a man become a home owner must count for something? or raising the issue of the reversible mortgage for seniors are just two important points. Or must he give you his fishcake recipe in order to make you his friend? VOTE OBA ALL THE WAY.

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      • OBA Get a Life says:

        Reversible Mortgages!!!

        Why don't you go back to your OBA meeting and ask Grant Gibbons (WHO OWNS A BANK) why his bank won't write reversible mortgages.

        They are however good at firing people!

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  32. The Eye Is On The Sparrow says:

    With these candidates on both the OBA and PLP this island is in deep trouble. OMG!!!!!

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    • the spook says:

      There;s always you, Mr.Sparrow.Why not put your name forward as a candidate? I think your a little sweet.At your last visit to the doctor, did he tell you that you had too much sugar in your blood? Is this the way of the NEW PLP< to kill every black male who is not a part of you? Rodney has done alot of good in this community. Just ask him to help you, or are you too proud? GO Rodney GO. VOTE OBA.

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  33. Staying focus says:

    @Concerned Bad citizen says; YOU are correct, it looks as if the OBA did not screen Rodney Smith very carefully. Rodney is not all that stable up top; he is so self-consumed it is not funny. This must be a joke, or it really reflects the level of desperation by the OBA. Rodney of all people is not a good or very well thought out decision. I am glad the OBA has him, as he can often be a mad-dog most of the time. Looks like the OBA do not know the real Rodney Smith; they took his resume from off the "Talk Show"....WOW that is weak process for selecting an OBA candidate. Hey all I need is a few call in “Talk Show” comments, I will be eligible as a new candidate for the OBA. Well time will reveal the real Rodney Smith, especially to those that do not know him. Desperate move by the OBA.

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    • Mad Dawg says:

      Hi Betty

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    • K. Thomas says:

      Staying Focus, based on your criteria for what a good candidate is, Mother Theresa wouldn't meet the mark. Do you want saints running the Bermuda Government or people dedicated to making changes that will improve the standard of living for its people? P.S. There are no saints in Bermuda. Base your vote on the party not the personality.

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    • the spook says:

      staying focus, your not Rodney's ex brother in law are you? or that other guy, the ex- pastor. reveal your true self.

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  34. 16s32e says:

    i would like to use this forum to congratulate the candidate for coming forward and stepping up to the plate and running. Good luck.

    However, those that use this blog to bash and make comments know full well that you can take the podium and like this candidate step up and serve your country and the people that reside in it. So be mindful of words they are hurtful and can come back to bite you later.

    Good luck all in the election. Go the Monster Raving Looney Party.

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  35. welldone says:

    Wow...is all I can say.
    This must be Craig's choice because UBPers (Bob, Grant, Trevor) would not be happy with this. Which is probably the reason none of them are there.

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    • street wise says:

      How many members of the PLP are ex-UBP...? Plenty!... including the hardest working man in show business, the ex-leader of the UBP.

      So stop yer noise!

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      • the spook says:

        street wise, thank-you for supporting our candidate. The PLP have no real argument. When you put the PLP to the test, they come up SHORT. VOTE OBA.

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    • the spook says:

      welldone, It appears that your argument is half baked. Had you been listening, you would know that Rodney supports Bob Richards 100%.Grant and Trevor are friends of Rodney.They could not make it that hour in the morning, but bet your boots they support him standing for OBA.VOTE FOR CHANGE, VOTE OBA.

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  36. tidbid says:

    @ spook

    If he was being totally truthful with you he would also tell you were the receipe came from that he uses for the Fish Cakes!

    spook you might be a supporter I dont knock you for that, but look before you leap. There are those that know so much more than you do about this candidate.

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    • the spook says:

      What's Up tidbid, Rodney could not stop laughing at your comment. Look, the ex- wife got the big house, and Rodney got the fishcake recipe. FAIR is FAIR.Since you know so much more about Rodney than anyone else, PLEASE TELL!but allow us to look into your background also.GO Rodney GO. VOTE OBA.

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  37. Dats A Fact says:

    Bash Rodney all you want PLP. What I know is this government can not run a business. There are no financials. The auditor general has sai d she has concerns because they will not release the proper finanacials from various captial projects. We know we have not seen financials from the hospital.

    Would you trust them with your money? Oh yeah we have. :(

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  38. 161820 says:

    This is going to be interesting!

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  39. Mryron smith says:

    as much as i want to, i cant anymore, i gave them the benefit of the doubt the last election but they are struggling to do it. i want to believe but i cant again.

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    • K. Thomas says:

      Vote for change. The definition of INSANITY is doing what you've always done, but expecting a different result. Want a different result? You need a new party! If they don't do right by the people, throw them out, and try again. The former party has shown it colors. Vote for change!!!

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    • the spook says:

      Mr. Smith, There's a place for you at the OBA. VOTE OBA>

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      • swinging fromchandoliers!!! says:

        @spook--you are a good cheerleader, keep cheering,your persistence may pay off!Anyone as so called "self-consumed" as Rodney must surely know what he wants!

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        • the spook says:

          @ swinger, If my friend was a problem to the community,would you than be proud of him? Rodney's a young black progressive man. Why do you think people fight against his ideas? I wonder why he waste his time trying to share his ideas with a group of people who really does not appreciate them. His ideas have paid off for him. Go figure.Sometimes we are unable to see what we need , even when is't right in front of us. GO Rodney GO. VOTE OBA.

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