Statement from the One Bermuda Alliance on action taken in the House of Assembly, November 14, 2014
The One Bermuda Alliance today demonstrated its outrage and disgust at the vile comments made by Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Marc Bean, that were directed at a female member of the OBA at the Sandys South bye-election advanced poll on November 6th.
Government members left the Chamber as the opposition leader commenced reading the Reply to the Throne Speech to demonstrate that such behaviour cannot go unchallenged.
During the bye-election, the Opposition Leader accosted two female members of the party and subjected one in particular to a misogynistic, hate-filled attack, calling her a ‘political whore’ and saying he would have and pass her around to his friends for ’10 cents a lick’. It was a 20-minute tirade that ended only when the OBA member drove away.
The Opposition candidate running in the bye-election and other supporters were witness to the attack, but did nothing to stop it.
The Opposition Leader’s track record, both in the House and in public, shows a blatant disrespect for and sexual objectification of women. The OBA condemns this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.
The decision to exit the Chambers during the Reply to the Throne Speech is not one that was made lightly and we call on the Opposition to take action to address the situation. Their continued silence, otherwise, can only be seen as condoning behaviour that shows categorical disrespect for women.
Senator Lynne Woolridge, JP
OBA Announces Appointment of Senator Vic Ball Jr.
The OBA is pleased to announce the appointment of Vic Ball Jr as the new Government Senator following Nalton Brangman's decision to step down to focus on the Morgan's Point development.
Senator Ball was sworn in at Government House on November 5th and said his focus will be to help Bermudians who are unemployed or underemployed to regain the dignity that having a job offers.
Constituency #33 Sandys South Bye-Election Candidate: Georgia Marshall
Who is Georgia Marshall?
Georgia Marshall is part of a family that has lived in Constituency #33 for four generations. Her husband’s grandmother lived on Somerset Road, across from Traditions Restaurant, and ran a dry goods store to raise and educate her children. She raised two children as a single parent and ensured that both of them achieved success, with her eldest son becoming an architect and Georgia’s father-in-law, Zack Marshall, eventually becoming the Headmaster of Warwick Academy.