Friday, October 17, 2008

Globe: Key Liberals send out feelers for Dion's job

This is no surprise.

If there are any Frank McKenna supporters out there, let me know in the comments or by email at Frank4PM@yahoo.ca or by joining up on our Facebook Page.

If there are any Frank McKenna organizers out there, of which I am not as yet one (other than this site), I've already received many many emails from interested and enthusiastic supporters. My hope is that Frank is made aware of this early groundswell of support.
Key Liberals send out feelers for Dion's job

MICHAEL VALPY

With a report from Jane Taber in Ottawa

October 17, 2008

Envoys for at least half a dozen prominent Liberals have begun making exploratory forays for cash and support for leadership bids as St├ęphane Dion's tenure as headof the federal party slips closer to history's dustbin.

Mr. Dion had not made up his mind yesterday whether to step down or continue as leader. However, there were persistent reports he was moving toward resignation but that details - including what continued role he would play in the parliamentary caucus - still had to be worked out.

Meanwhile, people close to MPs Michael Ignatieff, Bob Rae, Gerard Kennedy and Dominic LeBlanc, former deputy prime minister John Manley and former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna were contacting influential party members to test the waters.

An associate of Mr. Manley sent an e-mail to 40 people suggesting "coyly," as one of the recipients put it, that Mr. Manley might be interested in the party leadership. Similar but even more low-key overtures were being made by associates of Mr. McKenna, although they emphasized that he was far removed from putting out feelers.

What representatives of would-be candidates made clear in conversations was their strong wish to avoid the optics of any indecent clamouring for Mr. Dion's job while he still occupies it.
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