-Liberians Question Sen. Sherman Over New Bill
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
It seems that Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Cllr. Varney Sherman is trying to play some kind of smart game with the introduction of his new Bill within the legislature.
This game could be that the Grand Cape Mount County Senator is contemplating on remaining in the Liberian Senate after his tenure ends as Senator of the western county of Grand Cape Mount, but this time around as a senator of the entire country as his new Bill suggest.
Sources close to the Grand Cape Mount County Senator hinted this paper that Senator Sherman is eyeing the Presidency comes 2023 on the ticket of the Unity Party (UP), though he failed in 2005 on the ticket of the Liberia Action Party (LAP)
Our source said Senator Sherman is introducing this Bill and ensure that it passes into law so as to allegedly accommodate him (Sen. Sherman) back into the Liberian Senate if he comes second to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) after 2023 elections in the country.
“Look, let me tell you, that old man is crafty. You know the man is a counselor-at-law, so he is trying to be smart here. If you look within the UP there is no other person other than Cllr. Sherman, so this is what the old man is trying to do. Introduce this Bill, when it is passed then he will contest on the party’s ticket and if he comes second, he will still be in the senate. This is the whole background of this Bill,” our source alleged.
It can be recalled that Senator Sherman contested once for the Presidency in the country during the 2005 Presidential and general elections, but loss and later form a merger with the Unity Party.
Recently, Senator Sherman proposed to his colleagues in plenary of the Liberian Senate that in every election the two candidates that come second as Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates should automatically become Senator and Representative respectively of the country.
This Bill according to Senator Sherman when passed into law would not allow politicians with the second highest constituency in the country to go into what he calls political wilderness for the next six years but rather create a space for their voices to be heard and form part of the national decision-making process in the country.
“The proposal says that if you are a Presidential candidate and you came second in the national election, then you should become a senator and the vice-Presidential candidate becomes a member of the House of Representatives and by doing that these two-people become a part of the political process,” Senator Sherman argued.
Meanwhile, all efforts made to reach Senator Sherman to authenticate as to whether or not he is eyeing the presidency comes 2023 did not materialize as his phone was perpetually switched off.