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Charles Brumskine Eyes Liberian Presidency Again

By Timothy T. Seaklon

Former Liberty Party (LP) political leader, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, may reconsider his decision of quitting politics as he eye the Liberian Presidency again. When asked whether he could return to politics if petitioned to contest for the Liberian Presidency in 2017, Cllr. Brumskine simply replied, “It will be considered.”

Cllr. Brumskine who contested twice for the Liberia Presidency in 2005 and 2011 said the desire to contest is there but the decision to do so will be made by the people.

Cllr. Brumskine, speaking to journalists when he was honored in Monrovia yesterday by the G. Baccus Mathews Lecture Series, said returning to politics is not about himself but about a desire to serve the people of Liberia.
“When I came back to Liberia in 2003, it was not about me. If it was about me I would not have come back like many others waited for Taylor to leave before they came home. This is about the desire to be of service to the people,” Cllr. Brumskine said.

Explaining further Cllr. Brumskine said for him politics is a calling and he came into politics in 1999 because things had fallen apart in the country and he decided to be of service and help. “Now I missed politics but not about politics itself but to serve,” he added.

He said this is why during his service at the Liberian Senate he instituted some reforms which initiated processes such as public hearings from Government officials to enable the people know the works public servant works do and to judge them by same.

Earlier, receiving a certificate of honor from the G. Baccus Mathews Lecture Series, Cllr. Brumskine said Gabriel Baccus Matthews was one of the most charismatic politicians of our time.

The Counselor said Bacuss, his colleagues and supporters helped change the political landscape of Liberia. “I recall when men like Alfonso Kawah, Wesley Johnson, and Fred Bass Golokeh and I would meet and discuss politics and the direction of our country. I was not much of a politician then, but we became good friends,” he told the audience.

“I admired the resolve of Baccus and his associates to make a difference in our country. It is, therefore, an honorable thing that you have dedicated this intellectual series to the memory of Baccus,” Cllr. Brumskine intimated.

Cllr Brumskine said he was honored at a time when all Liberians, regardless of political, religious, or ethnicity belongings, must seek to conduct their personal lives and the affairs of the country in ways that reflect the love for country above self-interest.

He said Liberia needs men and women of integrity, individuals who speak the truth, regardless of how badly it hits ones wallet or purse, noting that Liberia is crying out for national leaders who practice what they preach.

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