Sunday, September 24, 2006

Joe Volpe leaving race?

Looks like Joe Volpe is going to withdraw from the Liberal leadership race tomorrow, after revelations this weekend his campaign in Québec registered new members who didn't pay the required membership fee ... and, in one case, even enlisted someone who has been dead for seventeen years. A couple months back, I was headed down Lawrence Avenue in Toronto and rode by Joe Volpe's constituency office. He had already been under fire for some other irregularities, and I felt so tempted to stick my head out the window and scream, "BOOOOOO!"

The sooner he's out of the race, the better. This is a serious race requiring serious candidates and serious thought by its members as we approach Super Weekend, starting this Friday. Joe Volpe, with all due respect, is not a serious candidate and wasn't from the very beginning. He has been successful in gaining new members, about 35 thousand, but being a kingmaker without having at least some credibility may weaken what is supposed to be a rebuilding exercise for the Liberals.

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