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FNMs don’t want disgraced lawyer Michael Foulkes as Chairman

As the Free National Movement (FNM) prepares to hold another convention in February, senior party members say there is no way they will elect one-term MP Michael Foulkes as FNM Chairman.

Foulkes nominated for the position on Monday. However, the only prominent party member willing to stand beside him was his brother, former Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes.

The majority of FNMs believe the disgraced lawyer is incapable of effectively articulating the party’s message or defending its record.

Foulkes is no longer eligible to practice law in Florida as he was found to owe the United States government $132,493.60 in taxes.

The Florida Bar’s website listed Foulkes as being subject to “disciplinary resignation” and “not eligible to practice law in Florida”.

Foulkes had three separate unpaid balances in the amounts of $46,902.96, $38,870.61 and $46,720.03

The Dade County Courthouse noted, “We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid. Therefore there is a lien in favour of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes and additional penalties, interests and costs that may accrue.”

Then in 2019, under a veil of mystery, Foulkes was sent packing from his position as Bahamas Agriculture and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Chairman and shipped over to the Ministry of Social Services as Parliamentary Secretary.

Foulkes managed to win 52 percent of votes to capture the Golden Gates seat while riding the FNM wave in 2017.

However, following his lackluster performance in the constituency over the last four years, the PLP’s Pia Glover-Rolle unseated him on September 16, winning 54 percent of the 3,475 votes cast in Golden Gates.

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