The ANC is one of the four collaborating parties of which Brumskine's LP is a member.
Accordingly, Cllr. Brumskine, 68, died in the United States on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
In a press release signed by Mr. Aloysius Toe, JD, National Secretary General, the ANC recalls that Cllr. Brumskine, in his lifetime, exhibited immense courage in fighting for changing the lives of the Liberian people. He was a leader of his people, a father of many and an astute statesman.
In reacting to the unfortunate news, the ANC’s Political Leader, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings, described Cllr. Brumskine as “without doubt, one of our finest citizens whose patriotism and commitment to his country, both in politics and law will be remembered for generations to come”.
“During this period of mourning, may we all continue to keep the bereaved family in our prayers and commit to ensuring that Liberia becomes better, in continuation of the life and legacy of Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine.May his soul and the souls of all faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace. God Bless you all and God Bless Liberia!” The ANC press release added.
Cllr. Brumskine, who contested the Liberian presidency thrice, became politically prominent in the 1990s as an ally of former President Charles Taylor. When Taylor became President in 1997, Brumskine became President Pro- Tempore of the Liberian Senate.
By 1999, however, they began quarreling, and Brumskine fled the country after being threatened by Taylor’s supporters. He returned to Liberia in 2003 with plans to run in the scheduled 2003 presidential election.
However, Taylor’s resignation that year and the installment of a two-year transitional government led to the elections being cancelled.
In 2004, Brumskine campaigned for the 2005 elections, receiving nearly 14% of the vote, 6% less than the second-place candidate, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and therefore, he was not able to participate in the runoff. Due to his popularity in the first round, he could have significantly influenced the run-off had he endorsed either candidate. He decided not to endorse Sirleaf or her opponent, George Manney Weah in the runoff.
Six years later, Cllr. Brumskine again contested the 2011 elections. This time he chose Bong County Senator Franklin O. Siakor as his running mate.
In the 2017 elections, Cllr. Brumskine came third.
However, the fallen Liberian Politician and others, not satisfied with the results of the elections, ran to the Supreme Court- the final arbiter of justice in the country. The Supreme Court halted preparations for the presidential run-off vote between Weah and former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai until it considers a challenge to the first round results by a losing candidate who alleged fraud.
Although he was not successful in their legal battle at the Supreme Court, many hailed Brumskine for his respect for the rule of law.