Drop the partisanship, GOP tells Plaskett

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett should drop the partisanship and stop her petty political gamesmanship, the territory’s GOP said.

“Virgin Islanders expect and deserve their voice in Congress to get the job done,” said Jevon Williams, the Virgin Islands Republican national committeeman. “The election is long over. Congresswoman Plaskett should focus on working with the Republican majority on passing real solutions to the very real challenges facing our island communities—not meaningless late night speeches to an empty House chamber.”

Plaskett, a second-term Democrat from Frederiksted, has been incapable or unwilling to act in an independent and non-partisan manner like the members of Congress from the other four U.S. territories.

“It’s not that Congresswoman Plaskett is a Democrat—there’s nothing wrong with being a Democrat,” said Williams. “The problem is Congresswoman Plaskett has shown zero interest in putting herself above petty partisan politics, which is required of a member of Congress from the territories.”

Williams, Virgin Islands Republican Chairman John Canegata and National Committeewoman Lilliana Belardo de O’Neal, a former territorial senator, were in Washington last week meeting with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.

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