Mayor Robertson in hot water for publicly supporting Premier Campbell and the BC Liberals
The story of Mayor Gregor Robertson campaigning for BC Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell got a bit stranger today now that he is distancing himself from his own statements. Boy, Mayor Meggs must have really taken the 'real' Mayor out to the back of the wood shed for quite a while over Robertson's remarks about the Premier winning a 'three-peat'.
Regarding his effusive comments for Premier Campbell and the BC Liberals, the former NDP MLA told fellow civic affairs blogger Frances Bula:
“I was over-exuberant in introducing the premier to an international audience. There were almost no voters there. I wasn’t thinking politically."
Huh? Does Robertson make one statement when voters are in the room, then another when voters are out of sight? That is in essence what he told Bula. What else could explain his remarks?
I'm increasingly hearing that a number of NDP folks are choked with Robertson, and that includes the leader of his own NDP party.
Now that Robertson's comments have shown up on page 31 of the BC Liberal campaign platform document, there are more than a few NDPers I've spoken to today who think the Mayor didn't make those comments without realizing the impact they'd have on Carole James and her team. As one of them whispered to me...'it's just too convenient. James loses on May 12th and Robertson is well positioned to become heir apparent."
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out for Robertson over the coming weeks, but in the short-term, his supportive statement of Campbell's BC Liberal team have served as a major blow to the NDP in the early days of this provincial election campaign.
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