Sunday 19 May, 2019

Crawford defends his controversial statements about Ann-Marie Vaz

Damion Crawford (file photo)

Damion Crawford (file photo)

Damion Crawford has defended statements he made about Ann-Marie Vaz, his opponent in the upcoming by-elections in East Portland.

In his statements, Crawford cited the contest as being between a candidate with a “beautiful face” (presumably Vaz), and one with a “beautiful mind” (presumably Crawford), with supporting statements suggesting that he was far more suited to represent the people of the constituency.

Arising from his statements, Crawford has been accused of describing Vaz as a Caucasian who is not fit to represent East Portland.

The statements have clearly not gone done well with some supporters of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), who have accused Crawford of making racist and sexist comments about his opponent.

Ann-Marie Vaz

Crawford, however, has rubbished the accusations.

“They say I am a mad man, they say I am a trickster, they say I’m gay, they say I’m a pork dread, they say I’m a reject, they say I’m a clown, they say I’m a bag a mouth... people laughed...,” said Crawford via his official Twitter page.

“I say they are Caucasian with little political potential, and labourites (are now) outraged,” added Crawford.

Political tensions have been growing in East Portland since both of the country’s main political parties have stepped up their campaign for the seat, and party supporters have been throwing political barbs at each other.

The by-election for the parliamentary seat is scheduled for April 4, when Crawford, representing the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), and Vaz, wife of West Portland Member of Parliament (MP) and Cabinet Minister, Daryl Vaz, representing the JLP, will face off for the seat.

Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional affiliate of the JLP, has slam Crawford for his statements about Ann-Marie Vaz.

G2K claimed the comments were sexist.

G2K took particular issue with Crawford reportedly saying, “If you look at potential, the furthest this lady will go is (being) Mrs Vaz”.

According to G2K, "This utterance was part of a presentation that was riddled with divisive comments about race, class and gender."

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