A collection of random thoughts that never quite made it to full blog commentary.
On the NDP:
Not sure why they bothered. An appointed candidate, with no visibility or support. Perhaps Travis pegged it best.
On the SC & Independent (also ran SC):
Both very comical. Toni might actually have a slim chance of coming out ahead of Len.
On Avalon Roberts;
Impressed that Avalon recognized me and approached me at debate to introduce herself.
Campaign manager is top notch fellow.
Too bad they couldn’t decide what to call us; neo-con, right wing, too conservative.
They realized too late in game they had two opponents.
David Swan overheard saying to a Hinman volunteer; “Paul is a good guy. He deserves to win and looks like he might take Glenmore.” I am still pondering this one. Does he not support another Dr. in the Leg? Have they done some polling to show this? Or is he just blowing sunshine up you know where?
On Diane Colley-Urquhart:
Premier Ed Stelmach didn’t go door knocking with the PC candidate. Likely best thing he could have done for Diane Colley-Urquhart. Rick Bell seems to agree.
From everything I have been able to gather DCU door knocked an average of four hours a day. If this map is any indication she couldn’t have covered more than 50% of the constituency.
Speaking of pictures; this one makes you go WTF??? Rule #1 of a campaign; “Don’t let the candidate touch the money.” That’s why Elections Alberta mandates candidates have CFO’s. It leads to speculation. The next picture is worthy of captions. Gentleman contributor; “Really, for $600.00 you will do that for me?”
I wonder if she still is feeling the sting from one of her key volunteers jumping ship midway through the campaign to join a Wildrose Alliance Leadership candidate’s team.
Will Diane’s supportive hugging sessions continue on Election night?
Her number one supporter Jonathan Denis has been eerily quiet since the debate.
There are more, but I've likely said too much already.
As the saying goes; keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.
On Paul Hinman;
I make no bones about my admiration of Paul’s dedication and his ability to lead or serve as an MLA. I could point to many examples of this, but perhaps the most defining moment during the campaign came on Friday, August 28th. That was the day Paul learned of the sudden passing of his brother-in-law. It was the day CTV called him for an on camera interview - - and he agreed. I think that speaks volumes and adds more insight to the man than I can ever attempt to accomplish.
Sadly, it was also the same day our campaign manager learned of the passing of his father. I cannot begin to describe the strength they have each demonstrated to the team. Two of the finest men I am privledged to call friends.
Good luck to all candidates on Monday.