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Rep. Plaskett Throws Her Support Behind Hillary Clinton For President


WASHINGTON, DC– Virgin Islands Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett congratulates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her definitive win in the New York Democratic Primary Tuesday and encourages the territory’s local delegates to the Democratic National Convention to support Clinton as the party’s nominee.

Plaskett, who is also a super delegate with the territory’s Democratic National Party, said that Clinton’s history and public service record not only makes her the best qualified candidate for president in 2016, but also the best choice for Virgin Islanders.

“I am proud to announce my support for Hillary Clinton as our Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Her decades-long record of public service leads a legacy of championing the very issues that affect Virgin Islanders living both in the territory and in large Caribbean diaspora’s throughout the U.S. Mainland. As first lady, Hillary Clinton fought to ensure easy access to high-quality healthcare for working families, and I am proud to stand with her as she works toward finding a sustainable solution to expanding health coverage to the U.S. Virgin Islands under the Affordable Care Act as our next president,” Plaskett said.

“Having served as Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton understands more than any other candidate, the unique challenges and concerns of the Virgin Islands. She has demonstrated empathy and a willingness to go the extra mile for minorities and underserved communities in the past. She will build bridges of understanding over walls of separation,” Plaskett added.

Congresswoman Plaskett joined former Secretary Clinton, along with other Congressional Members and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on the campaign trail in Brooklyn ahead of Clinton’s resounding victory in Tuesday’s New York primary. Brooklyn, New York is among several cities in the United States with large populations of Caribbean Americans.

Plaskett and her colleague, Congresswoman Yvette Clark (D-NY), are co-chairs of the Caribbean Americans for Clinton Committee.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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.

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