Public Feud Between John Canegata and Herb Schoenbohm Over V.I. GOP Party Continues
CHRISTIANSTED — The public battle between John Canegata and Herb Schoenbohm over delegates to the national presidential nomination convention and other issues — continued today with state GOP chairman Canegata warning “unsuspecting voters” against participating in an event planned by Schoenbohm for Saturday on St. Thomas.
“This illegitimate, unlawful gather has no basis under either territorial law or party rules,” state GOP chairman John Canegata said. “The organizers are illegally using the name of the Republican Party to defraud unsupecting voters and undermine the Republican National Committee-recognized state party of the Virgin Islands. This is a gathering of the Schoenbohm Party — not the Republican Party.”
Canegata said that “the organizers of the illegal gathering — Warren Cole, Leigh Goldman, Holland Redfield II, Fred Vialet Jr. and James Oliver — were removed with immediate effect Thursday as members of the Republican party, pursuant to the rules, principles and policies of the Republican party of the United States Virgin Islands.”
Canegata added that under party rules, “a member must be recognized as being in ‘good standing’ with the state chairman.”
But GOP party member Schoenbohm disagreed.
“The existing chairman can flail away all he wants but he lacks the sole power and authority to ‘dismiss’ any duly-elected member chosen by the people at the last primary election,” Schoenbohm told the Virgin Islands Free Press. “He has just unceremonsiously declared some members ‘enemies of the state (party)’ and wishes to set himself up as ‘chairman in perpetuity.'”
Schoenbohm said the matter will be settled by the court system.
“Everything the majority of legal members of the legal members of the Territorial Committee are doing is in full acccordance with the party rules and laws of the Virgin Islands,” Schoenbohm said. “His actions are akin to something from a brutal dictatorship.”
Herb Schoenbohm on social media.