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27 May 2014

Liberia: Dropping Excess Baggage - CDC Gray On Doe's Exit for RAS Camp

Monrovia — The resignation of former Congress for Democratic Change Chairman Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff of Montserrado County seems to be drawing ire from the ranks and files of her former political institution.

Stalwarts of the party who once worked with Doe-Sheriff are calling her a traitor and an ingrate who resigned to engage in covert operations for the President's son Robert Sirleaf in his quest to become Montserrado County Senator, challenging the likes of the CDC strongman soccer legend George M. Weah.

"I have concrete, verified information that Madam Doe-Sheriff has decided to lead the senatorial campaign management in Montserrado County for Mr. Robert Sirleaf," Rep. Acarous Gray told FrontPAgeAfrica in an exclusive interview on Monday.

"Mr. Sirleaf has the right to contest, let us make no mistake. I have no problem absolutely, about Senator Doe-Sheriff being the Campaign manager for any individual. The problem that I have is that, to begin to castigate the institution that made her; the institution that stood for her; CDCians that put their integrity on the line."

Rep. Gray and other members of the CDC say the Montserrado County lawmaker's action was a sign of ingratitude to the party after the party along with other members and its political leader help push her to get elected making her the most popular lawmaker in the country in terms of the number of votes she accrued in two successive elections.

"She betrayed the party. The called meeting for CDC to protest was presided over by Geraldine Doe-Sheriff. She advanced the idea of protesting when the first round was rigged," said Gray as he expressed his disappointment over the attitude of Doe-Sheriff adding that she has lost the essence of being a politician.

"When we were being certificated, Geraldine was being fully guarded by the PSU and ERU. Those are the very people who shot the boys who voted for Geraldine.

Where will she campaign, in New Kru Town, in West Point? Who will listen to her? Who wants to see Madam Doe-Sheriff, who cares about her? She has lost her true relevance and essence in the body politics of Liberia."

"Geraldine was expelled long since. Granted, the results of 2009 and 2011, it was not because her name is Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, it is because of a congress for democratic change. In 2011 could Geraldine Doe-Sheriff as a Geraldine Doe-Sheriff beat a Lewis Brown, a Wilson Tarpeh, a Clemenceau Urey or a Darius Dillon? We pulled the numbers as a party; she was frantically campaigned for by Ambassador Weah."

Gray described the exit of Doe-Sherriff as something that has been long overdue of an unrepentant member who was once granted executive clemency by the party but could not take advantage of it but chose to resign.

"She was an ingrate to a party that made her. Technically, she was just an excess baggage and posturing like some political giant around here," he said.

"The clemency says that all those who defected from the CDC, expelled or suspended can come back, but you must reaffirm your membership to the CDC. Madam Doe -Sheriff did not do that; so we presuppose that she remained an expelled member of the CDC. To issue a statement and say you're resigning from the CDC, then my question is; what are you resigning from when you are not a member of the party? I think it is mere posturing and a mere public relations stunt on her part."

Gray contends that for the last three years, the Senator has done nothing in her capacity as a senator to push bills that are in the interest of the people she represents.

"The Geraldine I knew in the CDC when we go out people turn out in their numbers, today she is seen as any ordinary citizen passing around," he said.

Continued Gray: "She said the party was organized to help emancipate the downtrodden; I agree that one of the philosophies of the CDC is to help emancipate the disadvantaged. But the question is this; since you believe in that philosophy has she presented one bill to emancipate the Liberian people? Where is the economic bill she presented to emancipate the people. Where is the political bill she presented to amend some of the draconian laws we have on the books?"

In her resignation letter Madam Doe-Sheriff cited reason for her decision to quit the party, and primary among them was that the party has lost its true meaning as a grassroot political institution. All efforts to get the senator to comment on the allegations levied by Rep. Gray that she quit the CDC to run Mr. Sirleaf's campaign did not materialize as the senator's mobile phone was switched off and all effort to get her at the legislature proved futile as she was not in office.

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