As the political race in the Eighth District heats up, there is a war of words between Virgin Islands Party (VIP) candidate L. Allen Wheatley and the incumbent Representative and National Democratic Party (NDP) Member, Honourable Marlon A. Penn.
It was yesterday, Thursday, February 23, 2023, on ‘Tola Radio’ FM 100.5 with Floyd Burnett aka ‘Heritage’ that Honourable Penn made some allegations against Mr Wheatley.
Mr Penn, who is the Minister for Health and Social Development, claimed that Mr Wheatley is directing public officers to do work in the Eighth District and also alleged it is with the support of the Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) and Deputy Premier and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5).
Minister for Health and Social
Development and Eighth District Representative Hon Marlon A. Penn,
right, was a guest of Tola Radio’ FM 100.5 with Floyd Burnett aka
‘Heritage’, left, on February 23, 2023.
Who is blowing hot air?
Hon Penn also said there are “people blowing hot air at 4:00 AM” but he has done a lot for his district. This was a reference to Mr Wheatley, who is often early in the morning on his WhatsApp platform ‘Eyes of the people’ giving ideas on how the Eighth District and the country can move forward.
There are also reports that Hon Penn went to Governor John J. Rankin, CMG to complain about Mr Wheatley, but when a caller asked the question Mr Penn denied that was the case.
For his part, Mr Wheatley fired back in a voice note posted on his WhatsApp platform and spoke to the many contributions he has made to the Territory. He noted that, while at the Social Security Board, his work was praised regionally and internationally. He said when his opponent says he is ‘blowing hot air’, Mr Penn's Information Technology (IT) system has never been ranked anyplace in the world.
Hon Penn's background is in IT.
The VIP candidate, Mr Wheatley, also noted his work as the Financial Secretary, including when he was able to get through the then Scotia Bank for Double-A Ratings for the Virgin Islands
and restructuring of the loan portfolio.
I have a proven track record- Wheatley
Mr Wheatley noted that when he speaks he does it from proven “work experience”, and he has a “proved track record of IT management, financial and investment management” and when he does speak he is “trying to help and not bring down”.
The VIP candidate for the Eighth District, in concluding, asked Hon Penn if he is willing to sacrifice himself for his district and the territory.
"Are you prepared to put the country first at all costs?" Mr Wheatley asked his NDP opponent.