Progressive National Party (PNP) candidate in the upcoming by-election in the Cheshire Hall/Richmond Hill constituency, Amanda Misick, who has been making the rounds of the talk shows, appeared on the Conrad Howell show this week and said: “This Turks and Caicos is not ready for a woman premier.”
Misick also appeared on the Courtney Misick show this week, when she repeated the same remark.
“This is not about electing the first woman premier because, when the election is over, what do you do next?” she said, referring to opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, who would become the first woman premier if Oral Selver, who is running against Misick, wins the seat for the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).
Misick’s comments seem to disregard the fact that her own party’s deputy premier, Akierra Missick, is a woman and the PNP has another woman minister, Porsha Stubbs Smith, and the PNP appointed member is also a woman.
On the Courtney Misick show, Amanda Misick backtracked on her previous complaints about ministerial salaries.
When asked why the voters should retain her, she answered, “Because I want to serve and am not concerned about salary.”
However, in her first House of Assembly Meeting late last year, the focus of Misick’s speech was that her $130,000 salary was not enough and she wanted the same $180,000 she made as a minister in the Galmo Williams administration.
Also appearing on the Courtney Misick show were Akierra Missick and Porsha Stubbs Smith.
Education minister Akierra Missick spoke at length about her "three strikes and you’re out" program for the schools, which she says will expel troublemaking students.
"The problem is the parents are always at odds with the teachers," she said, "We need more all around cooperation."
Porsha Stubbs Smith, who is minister of home affairs, spoke of her ministry, saying she expected to continue the community farm program started by the interim administration but she needed the time to pass laws and create administration and rules. She said she had a good team of professionals, including those brought in from outside the TCI. She had previously spoken at press conference about her efforts to capture feral (stray) dogs.