Tag: Virgin Islands Republican Party (VIGOP)

RNC Threatens John Canegata With Criminal and Civil Legal Action

A six-page cease and desist letter from the top lawyer for the national Republican Party threatened John Canegata with legal action. The letter, sent by Republican National Committee chief counsel Justin Riemer, comes after the national party recognized Gordon Ackley as chairman of its V.I. affiliate following Ackley’s win in a territorial caucus on March […]

Ackley Wins Republican Caucus; Gumbs-Hecht Gets The Most Votes

Political newcomer Antoinette Gumbs-Hecht was the top vote-getter in the caucus to reconstitute the V.I. Republican Party. The St. Thomas real estate agent and mother of two bested April Newland — ironically her boss at Newland Real Estate — with 90 percent of the vote. “It is humbling and a great honor to be entrusted […]

BREAKING: National Republicans To Seat Caucus Winners; Lawyers Threaten John Canegata With Legal Action

The Republican National Committee threatened legal action against John Canegata on the eve of a territorial caucus to reconstitute the territorial Republican Party. The warning was delivered in an email message from RNC Chief Counsel Justin Riemer after Canegata announced he wouldn’t recognize the results. “The RNC hereby puts you on legal notice to preserve […]

BREAKING NEWS: Gordon Ackley Will Win GOP Caucus Without Opposition

The longstanding intra-party fight for the leadership of the V.I. Republican Party was settled this week without a contested election. St. Thomas businessman Gordon Ackley will assume the chairmanship after John Canegata failed to file by the March 22 deadline, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned exclusively. Canegata, who won the party chairmanship in […]

RNC-Run Virgin Islands Republican Caucus Going Forward, Despite Suppression Efforts

A territorial caucus on March 29 to reorganize the Republican Party in the U.S. Virgin Islands is going ahead as planned, according to sources with knowledge of the caucus. The caucus, which was first reported by the Virgin Islands Free Press, is being administered by lawyers from the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. It […]

Republicans Running For Territory-Wide Offices In Upcoming Caucus Overseen By RNC

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Republicans in the U.S. Virgin Islands are rebuilding their party after years of inactivity. The first step is a caucus in March administered by lawyers from the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. The caucus will elect new leaders after the Republican National Committee decided in 2020 that John Canegata was not […]

AUDIT: What Did John Canegata Do With $10 Million From VIGOP?

CHRISTIANSTED — A recent audit into the finances of U.S. Virgin islands Republicans reported the territorial party under now-former chairman John Canegata raised and spent almost $10 million since 2013. The money was funneled through VIGOP, a federal political action committee, that Canegata operates separately from the party’s territorial activities that nominally report to Supervisor […]

Canegata Gets Re-Elected With 100% Of The Vote, But RNC Will Have The Final Say

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Republican National Committee will determine if John Canegata won, as he claims, re-election to a fourth term as the Virgin Islands Republican chairman during a caucus at Bluebeard’s Castle Resort on St. Thomas Saturday. Results from the caucus show Canegata receiving 56 votes — 100 percent of the votes cast — […]

John Canegata Faces Hearing Before Republican National Committee Over Legitimacy Of His USVI Chairmanship

CHARLOTTE — John Canegata faces the equivalent of a trial before the Republican National Committee in the lead-up to the party’s convention re-nominating President Donald Trump. The hearing will be held after a group of Republicans filed a 77-page contest — basically a lawsuit under national party rules — with the RNC against Canegata, GOP […]

VIGOP Party Chief Resorts To Name Calling Prior To Superior Court Decision

KINGSHILL — In a sign of desperation a day after Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay extended a temporary restraining order against John Canegata, the disputed Virgin Islands Republican Party chairman resorted to racial slurs. Responding to a Facebook comment on his page, Canegata described Gordon Ackley, who was the only Republican to file for party […]