64% of CNS readers call for Bush to step down

| 26/07/2017 | 78 Comments

(CNS): A straw poll posted by CNS on Friday found that 64% of readers who took part want Speaker of the Legislative Assembly McKeeva Bush to resign immediately, following his embarrassing arrest in Florida for allegedly groping a casino waitress. Almost 62% of those who said he should resign at some point (now, if he is charged or found guilty) said he should give up his seat as the representative for West Bay West as well as his prestigious and lucrative job as speaker. 

Cayman News Service

McKeeva Bush’s mugshot in Florida

Bush has continued to denied any wrongdoing and has insisted he will be completely exonerated. However, his accuser made a sworn affidavit to police in Broward county, stating that Bush groped her buttocks against her will in the casino where she worked. Police said they had viewed CCTV footage supporting the allegation before they arrested Bush.

Cayman’s speaker spent just one night in the county jail before being released on a $1,000 bond with no conditions. The incident took place on the 17 July and the Seminole police department has just 12 days lefts left to decide if the case will proceed or not.

Bush, who apologised for the negative attention the incident caused, claimed he was wrongfully arrested and his lawyer has suggested it was a cultural misunderstanding.

While the premier has remained silent on the issue and refused to comment on the arrest of his former political foe turned coalition partner, the opposition has called on the government to deal with Bush and the embarrassing attention his arrest attracted. CNS readers are also making it clear they want Bush to step away from the political scene.

Hundreds of comments posted on this website over the last week since the story broke indicate that many people do not believe Bush is fit to remain in such a prestigious post. Over the last four days more than 850 people voted in the online poll and 64% said he should resign regardless of the outcome; another 29% said he should step down if he is charged or found guilty. However, just over 7% of readers remained staunchly loyal to the CDP leader and political veteran, voting that he should never resign.

Most of those who took part also called for him to give up his constituency seat as well as the speaker’s post, while 37% felt he should remain as the WBW representative.

While the accusation that Bush committed an indecency related offence has caused public concern, many CNS readers have also raised the issue of Bush’s persistent gambling. His use of a government credit card in casinos while he was premier in 2010 led to his eventual removal from office and charges of misconduct.

Although Bush was acquitted of all charges, as it became clear there was no law against public servants using government supplied credit cards provided they paid back what they spent, the case revealed that Bush was a regular player of slot machines. It also revealed that he had spent many hundreds of thousands of dollars gambling during his first year in office as premier.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    1.) @ CNS: Why hasn’t as much (or any) attention been given to the charges being dropped against McKeeva Bush as was the case when they were announced?

    2.) All of my many attackers in this thread can consider this development as an elaboration of my original post and my final reply to each and every one of you.

    – Who




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  2. Harauguer says:

    I think we should extend the credit limit on his credit card so that when he “grabs Ass” he has enough money to tip big!




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  3. Anonymous says:

    Only Bush? let’s #RuleByReferenda!




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  4. Anonymous says:

    he look like chuppacabra or bettlejuice o that mugshot???!!!😄😁😄




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  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope the woman has integrity and can’ be bought off..as I’m sure the offers will be coming.




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  6. Something not right. says:

    Mr. Premier the least you could do is issue a statement. It appears that you are ok with all of this. Your silence speaks volume and makes us question your leadership or lack of it ! Either way it’s disturbing.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Grabbing someone by the ass is a very clear statement.




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      • Anonymous says:

        trump grabbed something else and became president…




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        • Anonymous says:

          Comparing Your Bush to Americas Trump is just sad. Bush has never been successful at anything and a loser at anything having to do with money. Especially some one else’s money. Trump is one the most successful business men in the world and was elected President of the United States for his business skill. Bush was voted in because he would pay of the voters. Comparing American voters to Caymanian voters is even sadder.




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        • Anonymous says:

          Obamites still blaming President Trump for all your woes. You are among the rest of the disapointed left wing socialist who cant get over loosing the election.




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  7. Anonymous says:

    Regarding the actual allegations – I am awaiting the release of CCTV footage.

    How anyone can trust the police arrests, police reports, and even criminal accusations against an individual on their merits alone in the USA today is beyond me.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Is this in comparison to Cayman arrests, police reports, and criminal accusations or a personal observation? Cameras don’t lie.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Not in comparison to any other jurisdiction – simply an observation of long-standing trends.

        Agreed, cameras don’t lie but American cops sure da’ ‘eff do (as do people when presented with a potential monetary come-up) – hence my original post.

        – Who




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        • Anonymous says:

          So you’re saying all cops in the USA lie ? Get a grip




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          • Anonymous says:

            I’m saying American cops, as a collective, have long proven themselves to be an untrustworthy bunch.

            Fact.

            – Who




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          • Anonymous says:

            If your complete and thorough knowledge of the American justice system is only what you saw on TV then I can see his point. Actually living in the United States as a real American is different from TV but why would who know that?




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        • Anonymous says:

          sometimes you’re Who and sometimes you’re not? Almost could look like you’re trying to show support for your point of view by repeating yourself under different names.. SAD.




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          • Anonymous says:

            Or could simply be a matter of forgetting to sign-off with every post.

            Whatever the case you appear to be quite obsessed.

            That’s cute.

            – Who




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            • Not 12.34 says:

              I’ve noticed that too. So if someone questions the way you post means they must be obsessed with you? Man, that ego of yours really is unbelievable.




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              • Anonymous says:

                For a number of people to assume Who is exchanging posts with Who in the threads is very…disturbing.

                That is a clear sign of investing far too much energy in another person’s point of view.

                However, to each his own.
                Just another day in the circus that is CNS.

                – Who

                P.S. The fact that every single post diverges into a multi-person onslaught of baseless insults and ad hominens also speak to an obsession.

                Why can’t your crew stick to the issues at hand rather than joining forces to attack an individual poster … at every given opportunity?

                Just sayin..




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            • Anonymous says:

              Your ego knows no bounds Who…




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        • Fred. says:

          So your case is that the police, who were not witnesses to the incident, were lying about what they saw on the video – the same video that they took a copy of, so any lie would be immediately apparent?




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        • Anonymous says:

          So…. what do you suggest as a solution?




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        • Anonymous says:

          You are the very definition of ignorant. I bet you voted for Bush.




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      • Anonymous says:

        CNN,CBS, MSNBC Cameras lie 24/7




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    • Anonymous says:

      This is not a question of whether or not he is guilty this is about protecting the integrity of the Speakership! He needs to stand down until this is settled if he doesn’t and is convicted then that means the Speaker of our LA was convicted which is a huge embarrassment




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    • Anonymous says:

      You are right. Some people should not trust the police. In the USA or even here. Personally I am glad I can trust them. It has kept me and the folks I love safe and sound for the last 62 years as I know it. Bummer to be you.




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  8. Anonymous says:

    She said she’d never been,
    Never been touched before
    She said she’d never been
    This far before
    She said she’d never liked,
    To be excited
    She said she always had
    Had to fight i
    She said she’d never been
    Never been balled before
    And I don’t think
    She’ll ever ball no more
    Fixed her good

    Hey
    (Squealer) when I held her hand
    (Squealer) I made her understand
    (Squealer) when I kissed her lips
    (Squealer) sucked her finger tips, hey
    (Squealer) got too much
    (Squealer) I think I’ve got the magic touch




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  9. Anonymous says:

    That face though…. The wonder and confusion. Someone has just pulled the proverbial rug right out from under him.
    I’m surprised he’s not feigning Momentary Lapse in Sanity. Like he doesn’t realize exactly, that he’s not in Cayman and might not get away with this one.




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  10. Anonymous says:

    Honestly it doesn’t even matter whether he did it or not anymore. The negative publicity is enough.

    Especially when you’re in the act of contradicting your own countries laws (gambling) every time your sh*t hits the fan.

    How are we supposed to take our own country seriously when our higher ups don’t?




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    • Anonymous says:

      I’m not defending Bush, but this comment with 81 thumbs up is utterly idiotic.

      So basically what you’re saying is: Who cares in if the individual actually committed the crime he’s accused of or not, all that matters is that its all over the news!”

      Seriously?




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      • Anonymous says:

        For Christs sake the man is 62 and is one of the most top ranking leaders in one of the most famous countries (supposedly Christian) globally. Does it not concern you that he is in the news more often than not either spewing ignorance or having to defend himself for something involving a casino?

        Are you waiting for a solid guilty before you cast judgement?

        “Innocent until proven guilty” doesn’t mean one is literally innocent, it just means no-one has been able to prove their guilt. And in a legal system you could be blatantly guilty as sin, and excuse my slight contradiction but if your defense team can somehow sway the courts otherwise by some stroke of luck then you’ll be let off as guilty.

        Read up on the OJ Simpson case. Whatever they saying he did, he did that sh*t.

        Seriously?




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      • Blue Man says:

        Sounds like a cultural misunderstanding here.




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  11. Anonymous says:

    the man broke man! cant you understand that? first of all he spent a million probably fighting credit card fiasco the other day..just to be exonerated…then he has a terrible gambling habbit? he need the highest honest paid job in government?😣😣😣😮




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  12. Anonymous says:

    He said it was a cultural misunderstanding? Here we have the Speaker of the House saying it’s okay to grope women if you are Caymanian….




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    • Anonymous says:

      New cultural heritage event coming to Cayman!
      First Annual Cayman Grope Fest MC’d by the Honourable himself. Ladies, you guessed it, you get in free. Just need to decide what month to do this in. This would be a great way to spice up the slow season!

      Cool your jets detractors, it’s a sarcastic joke but take it how you want. Given that our Honourable has now set a precedence😱It just might happen.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Go to the OFFICE and watch tworking. Idont see any thing that comes close to a misunderstanding there.




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  13. Anonymous says:

    He should step down before he falls down, or grabs someone’s …..oh.




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  14. Anonymous says:

    He should resign if he had any decency in his heart. Alden’s silence is deafening…




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  15. Mokes-for-all says:

    Could we at least take away his title ‘Honourable’, and replace it with ‘Laughable’?




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    • Anonymous says:

      none of the politicians should be giving the title “honourable’. that should be earned not giving.




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  16. Anonymous says:

    Leave our representative Mr. Bush alone. If he is found guilty then that will be a different story. This is a witch hunt! More foreigners just trying to destabilize our home. Mr. Bush is a true man for us.




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    • Anonymous says:

      You read too much Trump 12.27…most of the comments are from Caymanians it would appear…and a witch hunt is not necessary, the witch is in the open for all the world to see.




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    • Anonymous says:

      The destabilizing your home? Lol that’s funny. Grow up




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    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t think any of you need foreigners to destabilize anything!
      You and your elected are doing a great job without us …. Lmao.




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  17. Anonymous says:

    We have Dive Tourism, Medical Tourism, Sports Tourism, and just plain Vacation Tourism in Cayman. Maybe Mac is trying to get free publicity for a new product; Groping Tourism. he was just letting the world know it is OK to come to Cayman and behave that way ’cause it is our culture”. Just for your information the definition of Groping: “feel or fondle (someone) for sexual pleasure, especially against their will.”




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  18. Anonymous says:

    The figures show that 61 respondents chose option 4 (never) for Q1 but 89 respondents to question 2 voted that he should resign from neither post. This seems to be an anomaly. CNS, any insights on the likely cause?

    CNS: No idea. There is some wiggle room, in that some people answer one question but not another, but it doesn’t fully explain. For example, respondent #854 answered Q1: Only of he is found guilty, and Q2: Neither
    Your guess is as good as mine as to why.




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    • Anonymous says:

      You are trying to work out the thought processes of those that support Mac. That cannot be done. Perhaps between Q1 and Q2 they sobered up or took a hit of crack or something.




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    • Anonymous says:

      Reflects the general education and IQ level of Bush supporters.




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  19. "Anonymousir" says:

    .However, just over 7% of readers remained staunchly loyal to the CDP leader …… YOU 7% are part of the Cayman Islands problems, thanks for contributions!

    “Anonymousir”




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    • Anonymous says:

      You anonymousir are one of the people who have come in and are ruining our home so your kind can do what you feel like and ravage our country. There needs to be an income tax put on to your kind, lets see how long you hang around then.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Excelent point.




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      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed as all they are here for is to get what they can for themselves. We were here before they were and will be long after they have raped and pillaged our island home. Look at the huge pay inequity for our people and all the so called “bright ones”




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  20. Anonymous says:

    Nothing more to say except that I do not believe that Bush is a “persistent player of slot machines”. He gambles on much higher stakes games – cards, dice, etc. He feels so important.
    If the CCTV of the slot machine use associated with the credit card infraction had been available, I feel confident that we would not have seen Bush but one (or more) of his associates playing slots with the funds coming from the credit card associated account. That would have been the positive proof of the credit card misuse.




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  21. Anonymous says:

    If McKeeva falls then Alden falls and the Premier won’t let that happen




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  22. Anonymous says:

    Hon. Bush…..is groping my mother or sister cultural? if not groping is hugging her waist and pulling her close cultural? If not hugging her is gentle touching her on the shoulder cultural? Would groping, hugging or toughing a male employee be cultural?




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    • Anonymous says:

      Wat? I think you can just ask if it’s acceptable to touch anyone in such a manner against their will.




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  23. Anonymous says:

    give him a raise! tha how it works in cayman 😂




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