“I feel I have a case and can make some reasonable arguments,” Mr. Christian said in a written statement. “I have been advised that the challenge would be both lengthy and costly. Being that I am not in a financial position to pursue with this challenge, I have no other option but to temporarily halt my political ambitions and withdraw my candidacy.”
Mr. Christian said he believed the Cayman Islands needed clarification on what the intent of the Constitution Order, 2009, actually is when it comes to candidacy for elected office.
“I appeal to our legislators and legal community to help resolve this question, as it affects many Caymanians who had to travel to the US in the 60’s and 70’s for work or medical reasons and had children there,” he said. “I feel the intent of section 61 (2) (b) was to allow those born overseas to Caymanian parents the opportunity to run for election if they so desired.”
“Giving up my American citizenship is not the question,” he said. “I would have done it months ago if I had to and will do it if I need to. However, the question is, was that the intent of the Constitution? I don’t think so. In regards to [seeking office in] 2017, I wouldn’t rule it out. However I would first have to see where the country is at during that time and whether it is God’s will.
“Thankfully I still have my job, I still have 2 wonderful children to raise and I still have a number of community commitments that I can still be impactful with. I will continue to serve and make the change I want to see.”
Mr. Christian apologised to his colleagues in the newly-formed People’s National Alliance for his absence in the upcoming campaign.