Mac shapes up West Bay team

| 26/02/2021 | 58 Comments
(L-R) Ebanks, Anglin and Bush

(CNS): McKeeva Bush urged West Bayers to “vote straight” when he appeared on Rolston Anglin’s campaign launch platform in West Bay North Thursday evening. Bush’s recent conviction for a violent assault against the female manager at Coral Beach Bar has been cited by Premier Alden McLaughlin as the reason for early elections. But it has not damaged the current speaker’s plans to lead a district team to give him leverage in the next coalition.

While Bush and Anglin appear to have abandoned the party labels, he still introduced the former education minister and UDP colleague and urged voters in WBN to vote for him and for those in West Bay Central to vote for Capt. Eugene Ebanks.

Bush and Anglin fell out and campaigned separately in 2013 but Anglin lost his seat after being a West Bay representative under the UDP ticket for two terms. The fallout came in the wake of the charges against Bush in the credit-card fraud case, in which he was later acquitted. But by then the damage had already been done to the UDP, which split into two parties, the CDP and the short-lived People’s National Alliance.

Since losing in 2013, Anglin has distanced himself from politics but rumours that he was returning to the political fray have been building over the last year. It was no surprise when he formally declared earlier this month and did so in alliance with Bush, given the latter’s political clout in West Bay.

Bush also told those in attendance at Anglin’s meeting that on Monday he would tell them who to vote for in West Bay South.

Raul Nicholson-Coe is the only candidate so far to have formally declared for WBS and is presently running as an independent. Andre Ebanks is also expected to run in the district, but given his past connections to the Progressives, he will likely be campaigning in alliance with McLaughlin’s as yet undefined ‘coalition ticket’, even if he does not join the party.

McLaughlin is not completely distancing himself from Bush’s team in West Bay but he is not embracing it either. However, it is clear that Bush intends to carry all four West Bay seats to Parliament, giving him cards to play if he wants to reclaim his speaker’s seat in the next administration.

Meanwhile, Anglin made his pitch to voters based on his own previous experience in government as well as what he said was the poor representation the constituency has received from the incumbent, Bernie Bush. But he also signalled a potential fifth man in the Bush camp when he embraced the appearance of Kenneth Bryan, the independent opposition incumbent for George Town Central.

Currently, all of the West Bay races appear to be head to heads, with Ebanks facing off against Katherine Ebanks-Wilks in WBC, Anglin against B. Bush in WBN, M. Bush against Mario Ebanks in WBW, and Nicholson-Coe against A. Ebanks in WBS. However, there is still time for third candidates to emerge in each race before Nomination Day on Monday.

Having gained more than 70% of the vote in 2017, McKeeva Bush will be hard to unseat in WBW, and it remains to be seen if he will lose much, if any, support over his violent assault on a woman.

When he was heckled on Wednesday evening by local activist and WBN constituent Eden Hurlston, who challenged the thirty-year political veteran over the assault conviction, Bush continued to deny culpability.

As Bush was telling the audience who he might support in the upcoming campaign and that he would not support Ezzard Miller (NS) and Arden McLean (EE), Hurlston asked him, “But do you support ending violence against women , sir?”

At that point Bush said he did not support violence and had not carried out any violence against any women. He suggested he was happy to tell everyone what had happened.

Despite pleading guilty, agreeing to the crown’s case against him in a written basis of the plea and telling a magistrate he was remorseful about the assault, Bush nevertheless denied being violent towards Livia Kwong.

Kwong was injured by Bush when she had tried to help him after he had fallen down, in a state of extreme intoxication, in the bar that she managed.


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  1. Blue shirt white panty says:

    Captain Eugene is way past his bedtime and needs to give someone else a chance but loves the $ too much obviously Rollie got too many vices and papa smurf just needs to give it a rest but Mario ain’t no replacement or competition for him.Find a stronger candidate for him West Bay!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Leave Mac alone you bunch of complainers. Most of you don’t care who gets in as long as he is not too fond of the average Caymanian.

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  2. Diamond D says:

    Mckeewa is still no 1 in west bay get over it You naysayers Rollie or captain Cayman have to still ride on his coat tails to get in so all those bout Rollie being educated will never understand WBay political scene.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Leave Mac alone you bunch of complainers. Most of you don’t cate who gets in as long as he is not too fond of the average Caymanian.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Sorry WB but everyone speaking in the video makes Cayman look ugly and stupid. You must be very proud.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Rolston… wtf are you doing?

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    • Anonymous says:

      I couldn’t put it better. What a huge disappointment.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Rolston
      You are an educated man, surprised you would lower yourself to associate with an unprincipled parasite.

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      • Anonymous says:

        To get back in – that’s what some of his committee members are saying. Is that the type of person you want representing you – I would rather get back in on my own merits than having to piggyback on Mac.
        What I don’t quite understand, why he had to get his own constituency office, couldn’t he have just used the office of Mac and Capt – two minute drive from where he just recently opened his. Rollie doesn’t mind Mac promoting him on the platform but can’t share an office with him. Mac that should tell you something !!!!!

        Also for all of Rollie supporters that dislike Mac and haven’t supported him – well you all must feel sweet now being at these meetings and I guess at times clapping when Mac says something or actually just being at these meetings with Mac talking the same talk that you all have criticized him for all of these years. Just my 2 cents.

  6. Handler says:

    Mckeeva Is INNocent XXXX vote straight for these fine gentlemen of virtue! All of you out work will have jobs if you vote for this political team who will never let you starve so long as Fosters Republix is open in West Bay so Vote straight and keep development alive on West Bay beach these environmentalist dingbats will have you eating Weeping Willow pine needles for breakfast lunch and dinner! Vote straight for Captain the Boss and Rollie who is sober and remarried Cmon Cayman keep de party going!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Innocent my assets.
      He is a disgusting shameless self serving piece of greed. A curse on these Islands.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Is the sky green in your world?

    • Anonymous says:

      Innocent? Two of these three stooges have had MULTIPLE court cases! In addition, you’re looking at Dumb, Dumber & “Dumberer”. What a mess.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Release the video! Somebody must have a copy to leak.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    What is it about a society which can produce vile people like McKeeva and Donald Trump (and his minions)?

    What does it say about the people who support them to the very end?!!

    Morons (yes) but still they remain popular! And it’s only going to get worse when McKeeva gets back in Trump makes a comeback!! God help the future of these islands and the world!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      God won’t help. The Christians who vote for corrupt politicians like McKeeva and Trump aren’t helping. The majority of the world’s population worship the Abrahamic God. Countries with higher percentages of nonreligious people usually tend to be politically-stable, higher income, well-educated, low crime, and overall, enjoy a better standard of living. Cayman is an exception, but wait until we go independent.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    So does it matter if they wear blue or red shirts now?

    West Bayers we can do better than this and we must step up this time around and do the right thing..No more CDP or PPM.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Theres nothing else but a handful of people parading as independents but with definitive alliances.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    I am amazed how these people from West Bay can sit their in awe of this man. Jailed in the USA for feeling up a waitress, convicted in Cayman for beating a woman, using Government Amex for his own personal gambling deeds and not to mention his first Cayman Bank fiasco..

    What will it take for West Bayers to see that it is time for McKeeva to retire.

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    • Anonymous says:

      When they get their fridges, bicycles and turkeys from somewhere else. Or forget who got them their status.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    I thought as part of McKeeva’s sentence that he wasn’t allowed to be out at night between 6pm and 6 am?

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  12. Anonymous says:

    WBW needs quality options URGENTLY. Thrash like this should no longer be allowed to misrepresent an honest, hard-working, law-abiding majority. Anyone that chooses to align with him is his equal and deserves a place in the electoral land fill too. Disgusting.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    McKeeva if you want to be transparent- show us the Caymanian people the video- and let us make up our own minds

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Eden! You da bomb son!

    Not a heckle, IMO, more like a legitimate query that was met by more bollock slinging!

    Proud of you, Mr Eden and the wonderful example you set for your son, your family, and your friends. True Cayman, true Lion Heart.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I too think that referring to him as a heckler was inaccurate. He asked a legitimate question. That question was “answered” with a rant and busting into song….WTF!?! Why is he not being reprimanded by the court for stating he didn’t do something that he plead guilty to and for which he received a (weak as hell) sentence.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    They all getting back in

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Bizarre – first says he didn’t commit any violence, and then breaks into a hymn. Shades of Dwayne and his donkey story. Under pressure, wave the bible – no matter how crassly.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Lock him up!!!

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  18. Anonymous says:

    A mute, woman beater and a drunkard … now that’s a team bobo … West Bayers have some self respect and vote these losers out …

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    • Anonymous says:

      3:33. Don’t forget Bernie.

      Can someone anyone name one thing Bernie has achieved.

      Criticism of successful Caymanians doesn’t count.

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      • t says:

        Bernie voiced his opinion against the McBeater.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Bernie stood up for principle and for what he believed was right for the majority of Caymanians.

        Ralston was considered dirt under Mckeeva’s foot when he and Julie threw McKeeva out, now he is right back in his camp until Mckeeva is ready to kick him out.

        I see so many similarities between Trump and McKeeva. I watched those people jump up and down and clap for him as if he were a god. What next will he bring a golden statue of himself for them to worship or will he have them storm the Parliament if he doesn’t win?

  19. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know the laws around this but it seems like the judge in his case would have an issue with him going around stating he didn’t do it after (finally) admitting to it in court. Either, he perjured himself in court or is lying now. The video answers which scenario is the lie.

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  20. JTB says:

    Anyone who votes for this violent, drunken thug needs to take a long hard look at themselves.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    What a disgusting, pathetic image for the district of West Bay. This picture says it all, so sad. When will the electorate of WB become politically educated to know what they should be voting for?

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  22. Anonymous says:

    How many DUI flee-the-scenes does somebody get before it’s jail time? Asking for a friend.

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    • Anonymous says:

      The same amount that allows somebody to touch a woman’s behind in a casino or beat up the manager of his son’s bar, cuss her out and call her a lesbian…

      and oh yeah..Mckeeva is now playing Shaggy…wasn’t me..Really you would not have pleaded guilty if you thought you had one chance of beating the wrap..

      The video will come out and I hope that when it does people can see how lewd and crude this so called “Christian” man behaves..Sickening..

  23. Anonymous says:

    Revolting man. Why can’t our court hold him in contempt for denying his own criminal act guilty pleas? Shouldn’t he be remanded to Northward as a matter of normal procedure? What about consequences of his illegal Dec 26th treating event while violating terms of his non-custodial criminal sentences (3 of them)? With this kind of tolerated corruption, it’s really no wonder we’re on sanctions lists.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Wtf.

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  25. Anonymous says:

    West Bayers, don’t fill the halls of Parliament with a woman beater, a drunkard, and a sleeping MP, who needs No doze to stay awake.
    You can do better.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Rolston , are you totally beyond help???? Running with this sinking ship? Moron

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    • Anonymous says:

      You can bet he’ll continue to do what he does best…run right off the road into a fixed object, and then flee the scene.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Well they do have something in common – encounters with the police following excessive alcohol.

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    • WBN Voter with a change of heart says:

      Well Rolston has lost 5 votes from me and my family. Was willing to give him a chance again but NOT if he is tied to the drunken woman beater. Rolston, you have daughters- have respect for them for Christ sake and distance yourself from this man known as McKeeva Bush. Forget about Eugene, he couldn’t make a decision on his own to save his life. Bernie, things are starting to look up for you hopefully👍

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    • Anonymous says:

      There is little difference between Anglin and Bush. Their moral compass is the same. West Bay deserves better than these two.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    They need to show (the video of) McKeeva beating up a woman at every Political meeting he hosts. Let’s have the “whole truth” so as to allow us voters to “vote straight”…

    What a bunch of Bobo the Clowns.

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