After a document which appears to be a post-mortem of the 2007 election surfaced, the PLP called on the “OBA/UBP to come clean” about their plan, the OBA said the document was fabricated and the U.S. based consultant the document is attributed to issued a notice to the media through a local lawyer indicating publication of the document will be met with legal proceedings.
After the report initially aired about the document, PLP Chairman Anthony Santucci said: “The revelation of the OBA/UBP’s secret plan to deceive the voters of Bermuda raises serious questions about who that party really represents and what they really stand for.
“For a party that has seen key members deride race as a factor in Bermuda, the racially insulting tone of this document with its references to using black surrogates in place of white candidates is troubling.
“We call on the OBA/UBP to come clean and explain what they mean by ‘black surrogates’ and reveal the truth about who they really represent and what they really stand for,” Mr Santucci concluded.
When asked OBA Leader Craig Cannonier said: “This alleged report has nothing to do with the One Bermuda Alliance.” He referenced a news story that said the report was a post-election analysis about the December 2007 election results, but said “we are told that the document in question was dated October 2007. That makes no sense and tells us it is nothing but a fabrication.”
Calling it “dirty politics,” Mr Cannonier said: “The One Bermuda Alliance has waged a campaign based on facts, focusing on the need to grow the economy, return good-paying jobs to thousands of unemployed Bermudians, restore safety to our neighbourhoods, control soaring debt and make sure our children get the education they need.”
“Their campaign has been a disgrace; putting forward nothing but wave after wave of negativity and distortion,”said Mr Cannonier. “The people of Bermuda deserve better….”
The document — which is a 28-page PDF — was posted on the website yesterday [Nov 28] and Facebook ads [photo] began running promoting the website last night. A quick check of the website indicates that the registration is hidden, the domain name was registered yesterday, and the document appears to have been posted at about 1pm.
The purported document alleges a number of things, such as suggesting the use of “black surrogates” for white candidates, as well a “rebranding” campaign which would involve the UBP splitting into two groups and then re-emerging under a new name for the next election.
Former UBP Leader Kim Swan previously admitted that there was some truth to reports of a plan being in existence which called for the UBP to divide into two groups, with the younger members splitting off and having the older members join them.
This evening Bernews received a legal notice from a local law firm indicating that “publication of the document is defamatory” and “will be met with legal proceedings.”
The notice from Marshall Diel & Myers law firm — which they confirmed was fine for public use — said: “It has come to the attention of Penczner Media that a document has been anonymously posted on the website “ubpleaks.com” entitled “United Bermuda Party, Post election: Analysis & Comments”. The claim that the document was produced by Marius Penczner or Penczner Media is completely false and defamatory.
“The document purports to have been produced in 2007. The attribution is false; the document was not authored by, prepared by, nor was there any input whatsoever from Penzner Media, Marius Penczner or anyone associated with Penczner Media. Someone has maliciously created a document and posted it with the intent of misleading the public that Mr. Penczner was the author. He was not.
“There are obvious signs that this is a fabricated document. Whoever authored this document dated it 22 October 2007, nearly two months in advance of the election held on 18 December 2007. It is impossible that such a document could contain a post-election analysis. The address listed in the header of the document is incorrect, referring to “Washing” as opposed to “Washington”. The banner at the top of each page is not Penczner stationery.
“Since 1986 Penczner Media has collaborated with hundreds of clients. It develops television, print & online media for some of the world’s best known corporations and causes. Penczner Media is not in the business of producing documents of the kind that has been irresponsibly published by ubpleaks.com…
“Publication of the document is defamatory of the good reputation of Marius Penczner and Penczner Media and further publication of the document will be met with legal proceedings.”
Update: Without any mention of who actually produced it, former UBP Leader Kim Swan has said that to his recollection there was a document containing things along the line of those in the document in question produced after the 2007 election. He stated this on last night’s television news, and speaking with him this morning he said “he spoke the truth” last night.
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