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DPW Commissioner Nelson Petty Called ‘Petty’ For Removing Political Candidates’ Signs

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A candidate in the gubernatorial race has accused Virgin Islands Public Works Department officials of interfering in the gubernatorial election.

Public Works employees removed two sets of signs for the political campaign of Warren Mosler and Ray Fonseca from roadways because of concerns about their permitting, officials said.

“Permits are required for public land and permission for private land and both Reuben and Ray have told me they have been in compliance,” independent candidate for governor Warren Mosler told the Virgin Islands Free Press this morning.

Reportedly the DPW Commissioner Nelson Petty Jr. considered the signs “derogatory” and told his employees to remove them.

If Petty did order the removal of the signs based on their content it would be considered an official state-sanctioned violation of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech under the United States Constitution and official government interference in the “free and fair” election process.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. Patrick Deery
    October 26, 2018 at 10:03 AM — Reply

    This is a flagrant violation of Federal Law!

    Hopefully, Warren Mosler will sue the shit out of Mapp, first as an individual, and second as Governor.

    No worries as far as pig ?snout remaining in office. His days are numbered.

    Doesn’t he look sickly, and sickening? ??

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