Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rumours of another candidate?

So it seems the Wheat City Journal is throwing Drew Caldwell's name out there:

A career politician who served on Brandon city council from 1992 to 1999 and then MLA for Brandon East from 1999 to present day, Caldwell told The Journal shortly after Doer’s resignation that he hadn’t ruled out a bid for the leadership. He said a number of people — “mostly from outside Brandon” — had called to urge him to run.

Caldwell could not be reached for comment Tuesday to get an update on his potential leadership status.

All very well, but Curtis from Endless Spin Cycle was able to reach Caldwell for comment before that story ran, and he seemed to throw cold water on the idea:
"I'm not neutral at all- I am a commited and active NDP supporter! ... I am also generally of the view that one should actually listen to what the candidates have to say, assess their platforms, and then reflect thoughtfully on the quality of their positions before making a decision."

Now, after this "story" broke, he says that his "role in this campaign is exactly as we have discussed." In other words, bringing the leadership campaign to the Brandon area as much as possible, but not engaged in it as a contestant.
Curtis interprets this as a definitive no; I don't know if I'd go that far, but it doesn't seem likely that he will run at this stage.

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