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Prominent Local Republican John Yob Disses Territory In PBS Television Appearance

STRAIGHT TALK: Prominent Virgin Islands Republican talks with PBS interviewer Tim Skubick.

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EAST LANSING — In a statewide TV interview in Michigan, prominent local Republican John Yob dismissed the Virgin Islands, where he purportedly lives to this day.

Recall that Yob made national news after moving down just before the 2016 Virgin Islands presidential caucus in an effort to become a delegate to the national Republican convention.

Back then, it looked like the party convention would be contested, meaning every delegate — even those from the Virgin Islands — would be critical in nominating the GOP’s presidential candidate.

Appearing on “Off the Record” with host Tim Skubick and panelists Bill Ballenger, Chad Livengood and Kyle Melinn, Yob was asked directly about his role in the Virgin Islands. Here is a transcript of an exchange that begins at the 24:48 mark of the video.

BALLENGER: What about the Virgin Islands. Don’t you have property down there?

JOHN YOB: It’s a beautiful place and I encourage you to visit — yes,
I live there.

BALLENGER: Have you taken over the Republican Party down there?

YOB: No.

BALLENGER: You havent?

TIM SKUBICK: But you tried?

YOB: I found it wasn’t worth the effort.

SKUBICK: You were trying. Weren’t you?

BALLENGER: I wasn’t trying to takeover the Republican Party. Frankly,
it’s not worth taking over. You can’t elect a Republican in the Virgin
Islands. It’s 80-some percent Democrat. I was trying to takeover the
delegation to the national convention. And I pretty much succeeded in
that. I became a delegate and I think we ended up with half the
delegates or something. So, the effort was successful but probably not
worth the workload.

LIVENGOOD: Plus, you had Dennis Lennox [inaudible] for a while.

YOB: You know, what can I say.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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