PLP Confirm #33 Candidate: Jamahl Simmons

October 23, 2014

[Updated with video] The Progressive Labour Party has just announced that Jamahl Simmons will be their candidate in the upcoming bye-election in Constituency #33 Sandys South, which will be held on November 18th.

This announcement follows the OBA’s confirmation yesterday that lawyer Georgia Marshall will serve as their candidate.

Jamahl Simmons PLP Bermuda, October 23 2014-4

Mr. Simmons previously served as the PR Director at the Fairmont Southampton, the Press Secretary to former Premier Dr Ewart Brown, and a Member of Parliament from 2002 – 2007. Mr. Simmons began his career as a broadcast journalist with VSB News, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Simmons is considered by many to be the front-runner in this bye-election, as Sandys South has a strong history of voting PLP for decades, having elected the PLP candidate[s] in the 2012, 2007, 2003. 1998, 1993, 1989, 1985, 1983, 1980, 1976, and 1972 General Elections.

Jamahl Simmons PLP Bermuda, October 23 2014-3

However, when asked her view on the area being considered a PLP stronghold, OBA candidate Georgia Marshall said, “I don’t think there is any safe constituency…I think that everybody in Bermuda has power when they exercise their vote wisely.”

The announcement was made at a press conference this morning [Oct 23], which is still underway, and we will update with the video and full statement as able, and in the meantime you can see all our coverage on the upcoming Sandys South bye-election here.

Update 11.28am: PLP Leader Marc Bean’s statement to introduce Mr. Simmons as the PLP candidate

Good morning everyone,

I have a very special privilege today to present the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party’s candidate for Constituency 33. Jamahl Snaith Simmons is no stranger to most Bermudians and certainly not to the people of Constituency 33. Jamahl is Sandys born and raised and possesses the experience to step into Parliament on day one and deliver for the people of Sandys South.

Since 2006 he has been a diligent servant for the PLP, serving in whatever capacity he has been needed, with a positive attitude, a team first approach and a strong work ethic. During our time in opposition, he has eagerly placed his hands in the soil and worked tirelessly to help our Party reconnect with the people, supporting our MP’s, working with our grassroots and our supporters whenever and wherever he has been needed.

Jamahl Simmons brings to the table over a decade of political experience, as a former MP, Chief of Staff to the Premier and Press Secretary to the Premier. He knows the issues, he knows the role and knows what is expected of him, not just from the Party, but from the most important people of all; his constituents. If he is successful at the polls, I will have the ability to plug him in anywhere and in any role with confidence.

Even with all of his experience and what he brings to the table, Jamahl is still a young man, with the ability to connect with people from all walks of life and to speak on their behalf. I know that he will work hard for the people of Sandys South. I know that he will represent them and the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party honorably, intelligently and with a strong work ethic; and with his help, we will make the OBA a one term government.

Our people are focused on issues over personalities and looking for leadership that can deliver for them. Jamahl Simmons is imminently qualified for this role and, if successful, will be a major asset to our team and will help us in our vision of building a Bermuda that works for Bermudians. Our focus will be on the doorstep and with the people.

To the people of Sandys South, this by-election on November 18, represents an opportunity to send the OBA a strong message. OBA broken promises, OBA deception and OBA anti-Bermudian policies are unacceptable, and a new approach to creating jobs, expanding entrepreneurial opportunities, and creating a fairer workplace is needed. On November 18, we are asking the people of Sandys South to speak with a resounding voice and send the OBA a clear message.

With that, I am very proud to announce our candidate for Constituency 33, Sandys South; Mr. Jamahl Simmons.

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Update 11.34am: “Bermuda is headed in the wrong direction and this bye-election represents an opportunity for the people of Sandys South to stand up, speak out and send a clear message,” said Mr. Simmons at the rollout this morning.

“In the days ahead, I will be on the doorstep, reconnecting with you reintroducing myself to you and getting to know you and letting you get to know me.”

Mr. Simmons continued, “I will not stand here and promise you the moon and the stars. We have seen too many promises and not enough progress recently. I will however, commit to working for you, fighting for you and doing everything within my power to preserve, protect and increase the prosperity of all who call Sandys South home.

“On November 18, I hope that you will support me, come out and send a clear message to the OBA that what they are offering…we simply are not buying!”

Mr. Simmons’ full statement follows below:

Good morning

It is an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to represent the people of Sandys South and the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party in the November 18th bye-election.

Bermuda is at a pivotal point in our history;

On one path we can choose to build a Bermuda that works for Bermudians, one that is inclusive and that truly believes…that our people are our greatest resource.

Or we can choose another path.

A path where Bermuda only works for a few and everyone else is pushed aside and left behind.

  • I believe in a Bermuda that works for Bermudians.
  • I believe that while there are tough decisions that must be made, our people are our greatest resource and we must first and foremost, be our brothers keeper.
  • I believe that the best way to judge a country is not solely by numbers on a balance sheet, but in how it treats its people.

Too many of our young people who want to work, who want to be contributing and productive members of our society are beginning to believe that Bermuda isn’t working for them.

Too many of our seniors, who have sacrificed so much, to give each of us so much, are feeling under siege and losing hope

Too many of our civil servants are fearful that shared sacrifice means that they sacrifice while others fatten their wallets

Bermuda is headed in the wrong direction and this bye-election represents an opportunity for the people of Sandys South to stand up, speak out and send a clear message:

  • That we reject Bermudians being treated like second class citizens in our own country
  • That we reject slashing scholarships for our young people and
  • That we reject the mistreatment of our seniors

Yet as we reject that which does not serve the interests of our community we must also embrace a vision that inspires and invests in our young people, protects our seniors and takes a balanced approach to immigration that ensures that no Bermudian is left behind. This is what the PLP stands for and this is the vision that, with your support, we will fight to make a reality.

Over 30 years ago, my father Lionel Simmons was elected as the PLP MP for Sandy’s North. It is his example, his leadership and his commitment to the elevation of Bermudians that inspired me as a child and continues to drive me today.

It was my mother, Cecille Snaith-Simmons and her unswerving commitment to the protection of our seniors that shaped me and help make me the man I am today.

I am grateful to my parents for all that they have taught me, given me and for all the ways that they have inspired me.

I am grateful to my wife, Sherri Simmons. She has been at my side through thick and thin, good times and bad and always remains my best friend. She has been an excellent mother and no matter what the future holds, it is always bright with her at my side.

I am grateful for her courage, her strength and all that she does to serve our people. Unlike some, I will not have the luxury of avoiding her and her tough questions, but hopefully, I will not wilt under the pressure!

I am thankful to my 2 sons; Stephen and Nasir. You have taught me so much. Especially patience!

You are so precious to me and it is for you and for all the young men and women of your generation that I seek a Bermuda that will be better than it is today.

Sandys has been and always will be my home.

It is where I grew up, it is where I learned the important life lessons that shape the foundation of who I am

The people of Sandys South are not simply voters or constituents; they are my classmates from West End, they are the people who went to Sunday school or attended church with me at Allen Temple AME, they are my neighbors, they are my friends and most importantly; the Somerset community is my family.

Our community is one that truly exemplifies the spirit of Bermuda. A spirit that says we must look out for each other, we must be respectful of each other and we must work together to protect, preserve and grow what we have.

Sherri and I saw this firsthand in the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo as neighbors stepped up helped each other, shared what they had with each other and embodied in a real way the belief that you should love your neighbor as you love yourself.

After the storm, the former MP for Constituency 33, Mr. Terry Lister was also out doing his part to restore our community. We are very thankful for his years of service and I hope that I will have the opportunity to lean on his wisdom and experience for the benefit of the people of Sandys South

In the days ahead, I will be on the doorstep, reconnecting with you reintroducing myself to you and getting to know you and letting you get to know me.

I will not stand here and promise you the moon and the stars. We have seen too many promises and not enough progress recently. I will however, commit to working for you, fighting for you and doing everything within my power to preserve, protect and increase the prosperity of all who call Sandys South home.

On November 18, I hope that you will support me, come out and send a clear message to the OBA that what they are offering…we simply are not buying!

I hope you will join us and together, we can begin the process of getting our country headed in the right direction and in building a Bermuda that works for Bermudians.

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- Video/photos from today’s rollout now posted, apologies for the slowness, we are still having some post-Gonzalo tech issues! Please also note that in line with our long standing policy, comments pertaining to politician’s family members are not permitted. 

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  1. Onion says:

    Another ex-UBP from the UBP/PLP.

    Isn’t this the guy who resigned from being party spokesman for making xenophobic comments?

    • Ouch says:

      So you can go to prison for stealing from the courts thousands of dollars worth of marijuana, get reformed pass law school and come out and be a Minister so why can’t he just change clothes (parties) till they fit and make a few comments. Big difference.

      • Former OBA surrogate says:

        It was heroin not weed, big difference! If you work for the OBA as a puppet all is forgiven.

    • Cleancut says:

      It doesn’t really matter if this guy wins the seat, he will be fired once his “TRUE COLORS” surface again.

  2. Unbelievable says:

    This will be a very interesting bye-election.

    Jamahl Simmons, a former NLP, then UBP, then PLP MP. He’s been thru two other parties. He’s proven to be unelectable in the past and not exactly a critical thinker. Had to resign his position as PLP spokesperson a few months ago for a controversial remark. Not a Somerset resident.

    Georgia Marshall, a very long time Somerset resident that is plugged into the community and a lawyer but also a political newbie. Very much so.

    So glad I live in Smiths.

    • BETTTY TRUMP says:

      Congratulations Jamahl Simmons.

      Just work in the best interest of the people. This is about providing services to the people and community. Stay focus and work towards moving Bermuda forward. There is a lot of work to be done, and the people will expect nothing but hard work from you.

      Stand Strong.

      • hmmm says:

        Another head in the sand speech.

        We are heading in the right direction, your direction results in all job losses.

        The guy was part of the propaganda machine….you want more propaganda, then this is your guy.

        Wool to be pulled over Bermuda’s eyes to win back power, for no other reason than to have power and money grab.

        • Tough Love says:

          Right, because the OBA hasn’t pulled anything over ours eyes right? Kept every promise, no surrogate, no hiring freeze – just cut certain people’s pay and hire more high salary consultants. Why not trust them since they’ve done a banger job so far?

          • inna says:

            So you’re content with the way the PLP ran the country for those 14 years they were in power?

            • ya right says:

              For the most part yes. I do not believe the UBP would have had much difference or any political party for that matter. I’m don’t believe government has all the answers to begin with.

              • Raelity Check says:

                Delusional….

                • BETTTY TRUMP says:

                  ” The Current Status of OBA government Moving Bermuda Forward” ????… not much progress to date…

                  This Election will be won on the issues. More so what the Current Government OBAubp have or have not done.

                  It will be won on if life for the average citizen is better under this government?

                  Are the Policies and Laws put into place by this government OBAubp in the best interest of the Bermuda people?

                  Has the current OBA govt better serving the Bermudain vs nonBermudians interest?

                  Are people better off today under the UBPoba govt or worst off?

                  Has this Govt improved our economy and provided any jobs to assist the average person?

                  Has the Govt held to any of its pre-election promises?

                  Has the current govt outlined a plan to grow our economy?

                  We must focus on the real issues, as this is what impacts the average person more than anything.

                  DO NOT BE FOOLED FOLKS, DO NOT ALLOWED THE PAID BLOGGERS OF THE OBA ALLOW YOU TO BE COME SIDE- TRACK with non-issues, but rather focus on what really matters….the “current practices and policies of the government.”

                  We must hold the government accountable to address the needs of all of Bermuda and not a selective few.

                  • SMH says:

                    The PLP sold Bermuda to foreign lenders to the tune of over $2Billion dollars. Bermuda is not longer owned by Bermudians. When the PLP came into power, the Government has a surplus or money in the bank.

                    So next time any body in the PLP plays the OBA is anti Bermudian card, remember exactly who sold you and your descendants into financial slavery that we make never get out of. That’s right…don’t be fooled folks! Bermudians deserve better

                    • Hypocrites and Snakes says:

                      Yep, Paula bailed out butterfield bank and now can’t get a j o b.

                    • Cleancut says:

                      Would you employ Paula Cox, can she be trusted?

                  • Build a Better Bermuda says:

                    The crucial hypocrisies of your post is that you would never hold the PLP accountable for their monstrous failings that have put us very much where we are now and you yourself are nothing more then a group of paid bloggers.

                  • Creamy says:

                    The PLP put Money Over Bermudians. They sold us to foreign banks.

          • CBA says:

            The PLP did a terrible job and will do so again if elected. This island literally became poor under their leadership. Why would anyone vote for them, seriously?

      • Accuracy says:

        Lots of spare time means this ‘job’ is really needed. Never saw the need for this gentleman’s most obvious skill – using five words where two would suffice. Bermuda’s a little too small for Jamahl and he’d be better off working for an organization that pays people to speak for them. Best of luck anyway!

      • jt says:

        You forgot to say he was brilliant Betty. Don’t forget that.

    • watching says:

      Actually, he was elected twice before. In the Pembroke West By election in 2002 and in the general election of 2003. Not sure where you got that part of him being unelectable from.

      • Unbelievable says:

        Under the UBP, you are right.

        • Kunta says:

          UBP,OPP, he was still elected,LMFAO

          • hmmm says:

            So is he PLPUBP or UBPPLP?

            • Creme Brulee says:

              Opportunist Party… inmho.

              Frankly, two not very attractive candidates from either Party.

            • Uh oh!!! says:

              Funny & a damn good question, but you omitted NLPPLP too!

          • serengeti says:

            So they selected old Potty Mouth.

            I guess he’ll just use his usual sophisticated methods like yelling foul language and tweeting about violence.

    • With this ring says:

      do you realize that Jamahl’s family is from somerset and his father represented the PLP in somerset.

      Mrs. Marshall can never claim her family lineage from Somerset Bermuda. So lets get real and tell David Sullivan that bernews provided the picture of Jamahl.

      Don’t sit on your ass Jamahl, work and show them you deserve the win.

      • hmmm says:

        Where does Marshall live, and where does Jamahl live ?

        • Proud Canadian says:

          Where was Ms. Marshall born and raised and where weas Mr. Simmons born and raised?

          • serengeti says:

            Why are you making that kind of point? I thought you lot thought the PLP would ‘win easily’? Are you so unsure that you think you have to resort to racist attacks already?

          • looking and listening says:

            Good advice… wrong person.

  3. LiarLiar says:

    Is the PLP serious?

    Do they really think that a man who tweeted about shooting people and BDA burning an acceptable candidate?

    Seriously?

    Wow PLP I honestly thought you guys were changing your hateful ways. Always dividing. The more things change I guess.

    http://bernews.com/2014/05/simmons-resigns-calls-on-premier-to-as-well/

  4. watching says:

    This is will be a landslide for Jamahl!
    Great choice!

    • hmmm says:

      Marc

      “I will have the ability to plug him in anywhere and in any role with confidence.”

      So he is a utility player, no exceptional skills, just a fits in.

      Right.

    • serengeti says:

      They’re scraping the barrel. He’s a foul-mouthed guy

      • Kunta says:

        Fowl mouth???
        Guess Dunkley cursing is excepted

          • Craig says:

            So, you corrected FOWL, are you really that dimwitted to not realize you should have typed ” accepted ” as opposed to ” excepted ?? ” now onto the plp poor choice of a candidate, isn’t jahmel the same person that not too long ago was spouting off about putting bullets into people?? and also he lives to my understanding in St George does’nt he?? the plp talent pool is very small I guess, and if he is elected by those eligable to vote in #33, there truly is NO hope for Bermudas future!!!

    • frank says:

      the plp have held this seat for over 40 years

  5. Poor choice says:

    It looks like the PLP are completely disregarding the moderate vote for this one. Mr. Simmons is a hate-monger and a self described “political has been”. Way to take the voters for granted PLP.

  6. Slinger says:

    “What would happen if we stopped shooting each other and started putting bullets in the heads of those who hate us and won’t hire us?”

    - Jamahl Simmons May 4, 2014

    • Xaxa says:

      Was THAT the comment he made? OH MY GOODNESS! and this year too! well they say Bermuda is another world, because elsewhere this would be political suicide

      • High Road says:

        I cant belive they chose someone who made this comment

    • Unbelievable says:

      Oh yeah..there’s this isn’t it? I’m surprised there wasn’t a police investigation into this.

    • With this ring says:

      Not the best comment – but what would happen?

      • Unbelievable says:

        Far as I am concerned, there should have been a police investigation. That was a clear public call for some public executions. But sadly, he’ll be elected.

        • Next says:

          Stop being so dramatic. He can’t be investigated for that vague comment. If he named names then sure.

      • serengeti says:

        From the newly selected PLP candidate, before he had to resign last time, less than 6 months ago:

        “We still on this ‘we will always need to bring in workers’
        **** ‘There ain’t enough qualified Bermudians to fill these jobs’ BS.

        If you are excluded from the society what do you care if
        society burns? You ain’t a part of it anyway. It might even be fun to watch it burn.”

        I’m off to slap senseless anyone who looks like the type of
        tw*t 2 pen a letter under the pen name ‘insulted’… I found ‘insulted’ and ‘sydney’. Now nobody will ever find them again.”

      • mixitup says:

        What would happen? My guess is that Scotland Yard would be here before the bullet hit it’s target and all resourses would be put forth to end it. The perpetrators sent to prison for 50 years, with no reduced sentences. Just my thoughts….

    • I’m finding this despicable. He was forced to resign as the P.L.P. spokesman because of offensive tweets…now can you believe he is running for Parliament? The people in constituency #33 do deserve a better option then this “character”:-( Then again, if they vote with commonsense and not being bias Mrs. Georgia Marshall will win!

      • One Bermuda Alliance candidate for Constituency #33, is lawyer Georgia Marshall, who had been rolled out at a short ceremony at Somerset Bridge yesterday morning. Following is a portion of what she’d said and not read like some others often do. Please take the time to absorb this statement to the press: “I am drawn to the O.B.A. because they have the fortitude to tell Bermudians what we need to hear, not what we want to hear. I have seen that the O.B.A. provides opportunities for the free exchange of ideas and consultation and then is prepared to do the difficult things that need to be done, rather than repeating the mistakes of the past. “I want to be part of the recovery, helping to usher in policies and initiatives that reduce our debilitating deficit, that stimulate the creation of good jobs and that will help Bermuda return to its prosperity of the recent past.”

      • looking and listening says:

        Hey! Wait one minute! When and where was a primary held? My mother us a member of the PLP – poor sight – ad much as I try she can’t be convinced otherwise. She says a number of people threw their hats in the ring for the seat.Somebody please tell me when the face off happened. When was the primary held?

    • Kunta says:

      He said what people think
      Remember Premier Dunkley(What a waste of F@#&img film, he’s probably said worst behind closed doors, Jamal was just BOLD enough to speak it (or stupid enough)
      But when you look at it he’s about 50 years late for that comment, we’re not being hanged no more we’re more CIVIL. (or are we)

  7. ERJ says:

    Curious about the tweets Mr. Simmons sent out in May of this year, which led to his resignation as the PLP spokesman…

    “What would happen if we stopped shooting each other and started putting bullets in the heads of those who hate us and won’t hire us?”

    “We still on this ‘we will always need to bring in workers’ + ‘There aint enough qualified Bermudians to fill these jobs’ BS.”
    “If you are excluded from the society what do you care if society burns? You aint a part of it anyway. It might even be fun to watch it burn.”

    Mr Simmons threatened two correspondents — ‘Insulted’ and ‘Sydney’ — who had written letters to The Royal Gazette editor criticising a radio talk show hosted by his wife, Sherri Simmons.

    “Don’t tell my wife, but I’m off to slap senseless anyone who looks like the type of tw*t 2 pen a letter under the pen name ‘insulted’,” Mr Simmons wrote, later adding: “I found insulted and sydney. Now nobody will ever find them again.”

    And now he’s a CANDIDATE for the PLP….

    • Onion says:

      He’s arrogant as well. His Twitter said “Some say I’m a genius. I don’t correct them”

  8. Navin johnson says:

    Again?

  9. Justin says:

    The target couldn’t get any bigger for the OBA…haha

  10. flikel says:

    I am very surprised by this choice. Wasn’t he forced to resign as party spokesman as he said controversial and crazy things?

    In this critical time for Bermuda, we need leaders and MPs who inspire confidence….especially business confidence as we need money to flow into Bermuda in order to dig us out of this debt, recession and poor employment situation. We need leaders who can deal, perform or act on the international stage as we need international money to come into Bermuda.

    No offence to Mr. Simmons, and I do not know him personally, but I do not think he has this.

    • flikel says:

      “He’s an intelligent Black man. Educated. Comes from a good family. He’s a good father and family man – what more is required?”

      Well, so am I…and so are lots of other men. But businesses look for other virtues in political leadership before investing heavily in a country.

    • Nastiness says:

      Educated and intelligent people shouldn’t have to resort to threats of violence, civil unrest and killing people.

      And that goes for any white, black, purple people.

      In the real world this man wouldn’t come even close to being put forward as a candidate.

      In the PLP world (as exemplified by your comment) he would be anointed as King due to his hatefulness and intolerance.

      Nasty, nasty, nasty. And that adjective applies to ANYONE who would support such a hateful being.

      • TSOL says:

        It’s not just Bermuda, there’s some doozies in the U.S. House of Representatives.

        • Triangle Drifter says:

          If you believed any of the mudslinging that goes on in their political adds, going on right now in the run up to next months elections, you would not vote for any of them.

          I am currently drifting in the US & the political adds on over the air TV & radio are constant.

          Incredibly brutal!

          Even on these forums we are so polite in comparison.

    • hmmm says:

      Ethics, the interest of the people and not self, honesty…We are moving in the right direction.

      The PLP were moving us to abject poverty, yet he pretends the opposite.

    • Marge says:

      It obvious that Simmons has some serious issues … his recent comments on social media are very disturbing, and what ever happened to his Sunday night talk show on Hott ?

  11. San George says:

    See you at Cup Match Jahmahl.

    Georgia claims to be plugged-in.

    At least Mike BS’s his way.

  12. LickMyChicken says:

    I’m sure most people won’t vote for the person, they’ll vote for the party. Anyway, you can never fool me because the majority of these politicians don’t care about you and I. I’ve witnessed it myself.

  13. Boarders says:

    This guy is a mixed bag of peanuts! This is a true politician that is desperate for political status!

    • SMH says:

      Political trash

    • Uh oh!!! says:

      And also perhaps a salary?

      Just so surprised they didn’t select Marc Daniels as he would have been a far more sensible choice. Then again this tells me that EB is behind this selection too!

      • Unbelievable says:

        Oh yeah…that’s right. Where is Marc Daniels in all this??? I mean, Marc has gone a lot more aggressive and far right in his PLP views since the last election (he used to be quite centrist) but he does have some reason and logic.

      • looking and listening says:

        Marc Daniels? He is laying low waiting for Randy Horton’s seat. Just watch and see!

  14. Christopher James says:

    This will be a true test for PLP. If JS is voted in over Ms M, it will show that PLP voters have no interest at all with progress of any kind, and that PLP has to do nothing other than fan the flames of racial hatred.

  15. aceboy says:

    The man had to resign as PLP spokesman due to inflamatory remarks made online. Too funny that PLP supporters are saying this is a great choice. What a joke. You could run a paper bag with PLP written on it and they would vote for it in that area.

  16. SMH says:

    Bermuda and especially the good people of constituency #33 deserve better than this useless windbag

  17. Cow Polly says:

    Can we have an independent person to run please………. anybody????

    • PBanks says:

      What good will it do though? Independent candidates simply don’t get enough support in Bermuda, and there’s no sign that trend is going to change in the near future.

  18. Whathesaid says:

    Finally.. the PLP gets to vote for a UBP member and not feel bad about it…… WTG PLP!!!! Put up the Flip Flops!!!!

  19. wwatcher says:

    Another Ewart henchman, surrounding Bean. How anyone could vote for a man who has voiced such aggressive and threatening words is beyond me. But knowing that area, he’ll walk into the seat.

  20. karma says:

    This guy is a political jumper!!!

  21. Always Watching says:

    Great !!! two candidates that no one wants!!!

  22. aceboy says:

    Is this the “depth” the PLP kept prattling on about? Seriously?

    What about Paula? The PLP have been trying to get her into a job in the real world and can’t even find work for her in their own party.

    This guy is just bad news.

    Great candidate PLP….LOL

  23. Bermuda Jake says:

    Many PLP supporters are disappointed, as am I. I’m sure people will stand strong and vote overwhelmingly for him, but not enthusiastically. He is a loyal Party member but well known for errant comments that come back to haunt. Some of his best zingers were directed at the PLP and the (then) leadership. We need people with compassion for the needy, which he has, but also educated in the levers required to turn around the economy. PLP members want results and will not stay quiet if what is delivered is less than that. 2012 was a demonstration. I wish him well and hope this term in office will see him as a matured politician sharing his ideas.

  24. Raw Onion says:

    Sorry, I just couldn’t vote for Jamahl, He is about a divisive as the usual PLP diehards that have successfully put this island where it is today… I cringe at the thought of him ever running for Govt again…..and now here he is running in a PLP stronghold. Lord help us all and not just #33.

    • Marge says:

      I thought Simmons had a top position at the Fairmont Southampton Princess…I thought his remarks on twitter were obnoxious.

      • Scratching post says:

        He hasn’t worked there in a few years. Judging from some of his tweets/Facebook comments it sounds as though he had a problem with management.. particularly ex-pats in management positions.

  25. Christopher James says:

    Sandys voters will be happy with an MP living at the other end of the island I guess.

    • Hypocrites and Snakes says:

      just like gibbons, pamplin, cannonier etc etc etc

  26. Non 33 Voter says:

    http://bernews.com/2014/05/simmons-resigns-calls-on-premier-to-as-well/

    …Read the above. That is all I have to say.
    Voters of 33 – Do you really want to be represented by such a hateful, angry man? One who thinks it “might be fun” to watch the Island “burn” ??
    PLEASE PLEASE excercise your vote wisely!

  27. Creme Brulee says:

    EFB is putting his surrogates in place.

  28. Christopher James says:

    This will be a true test of how utterly gullible PLP voters are.

    • Tolerate says:

      Yup, suppose so. I think the PLP has missed an opportunity to show a new direction with their selection; or are intentionally showing they have no problem with their current one. Mr. Simmons has proven to be ALL that the anti-PLP people accuse the PLP of being?
      If what he said was strong enough grounds for him to resign as PLP Party spokesman, why the hell roll him out? Maybe after hearing Dr. Browns last comments, he fits the bill.
      Don’t really make sense? Also a slap in the face to #33 to be put in the position of supporting a candidate they I’m sure the majority don’t back his type of behavior.
      SMH

  29. Unbelievable says:

    I was literally just with a PLP supporter who wasn’t aware of today’s roll out. I asked her what she thought of the Party Leader challenge and she said that Marc had to go. He’s just too outspoken and unpredictable.

    When I told her about Jamahl, she just rolled her eyes, walked past me and muttered an obscenity not even fit for the House of Assembly.

  30. Real says:

    As a young bermudian reading these comments sometimes makes me laugh ! I hear everyone complaining about how bad of a job plp has done why in the world did it take so long for you the people that were old enough to vote to remove them?

    • hmmm says:

      They fooled alot of people using divisive race tactics. those people finally saw the PLP for what they are and voted against or abstained from voting.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Because, there is still a far too many who would vote party, irregardless of party failings. The OBA has a core that will vote for them no matter what, but the PLP has more. Though while this trend is changing, for the PLP, they have a strong historical emotion that they use to whip their membership behind them and unfortunately too many that will allow them to be directed so. Until people stop voting party and ideology and start voting policy and politics, the PLP’s campaign of of high toned emotion will be tough to beat by the OBA’s more subtly emotion and higher tone of logic.

      • SMH says:

        Agreed Build a Better Bermuda…and the OBA’s incredibly naïve policy of clean politics at all time faced with dirty, nasty emotional politics isn’t helping them any. The PLP are effectively distancing themselves from their dismal failure as a Gov. and the OBA are sitting back and letting this happen when they should be holding the PLP’s feet to the fire every time. Bringing kittens to a dog fight. SMH

  31. Truth is killin' me... says:

    I’d vote for “Jinx” Darrell before I’d give my vote to this bie!! You won’t see my ras in November PLP!!!

  32. serengeti says:

    What happened to outing up Paula Cox as the candidate?

    I guess even the PLP won’t employ her.

  33. Santa says:

    I was just talking to a friend and told them Mr.Simmons was running for the PLP.
    She said” gosh,they must be desperate!”

  34. HA! says:

    Opportunist political pariah, filled with anger and resentment, in need of a paycheck. I fear anyone whose ability to support their family is completely reliant on party politics. A very dangerous combination in deed.

  35. Balanced Facts says:

    Wow…the PLP really are the UBP/PLP now…Wayne, Kim and Jamal..probably a genius level I.Q (if you add them all together.) After Walton Brown and Kim Wilson the intellectual pool gets pretty shallow in the Opposition…Bean isn’t dumb…he just says and does some really dumb things….but now he may have loose cannon Simmons to back him! There will be a lot of money transferred out of the jurisdiction before the next election just in case the Green deception works and the “gravy train to contracts” takes charge!

  36. Joop says:

    You have to ask yourself why the PLP doesn’t run him in the East End, where he lives. Could it be they know St Georgians wouldn’t elect him if he ran for town sweeper?

  37. Christopher James says:

    I wouldn’t vote for anyone who had switched sides once. But twice? HA! Not this bye!

  38. Christopher James says:

    Heartiest congratulations to Jamahl – for giving Georgia a real chance of winning. Any person who votes for you would have to be delusional.

    Congrats again sir! You have just done Bermuda a huge favour.

  39. EX PLP Supported says:

    PLP is nasty…what happened to the primary election they were suppose to have? Not following proper protocol is ridiculous. The people of that constituency should have had a right to vote not Marc Bean.. This is unfair to the other people running for the constituent who actually went out and did what they had to do. PLP would lose my vote!

  40. Rhonnie aka Blue Familiar says:

    I don’t particularly care that he’s jumped from party to party. I don’t care about his employment history, his age, his skin colour, or whether or not he has a criminal history.

    What I care about is the things he’s publicly said.
    What I care about is that they weren’t all that long ago.
    What I care about is that the PLP believe this man, with his publicly spoken violence-supporting beliefs, is a good choice to represent them.

    I hope all PLP supporters take the time to consider this and what it says about the PLP in general.

  41. Hey Look !! says:

    only a matter of time before the PLP self-destruct! They are truly at a ZERO talent pool to run an opposition let alone a Government!!

  42. just wondering says:

    as I recall wasn’t there a guy who worked at Elbow beach who was thrown off the island – no hearing – no nothing – because he made some inappropriate comment about putting arsenic as opposed to aspic in Ewart’s food? Isn’t what JS has done so much worse? How does the PLP manage to square these two utterly different stances?