By Kris Scheuer
(For update, click here.)
For political junkies, like me, elections are a fun time to be a journalist.
There’s change, drama, personality clashes, issues debated, suspense, scandals, disappointment, joy, surprise upsets, unpredictability…
Okay maybe it’s just me, but I know I am not the only one who gets excited by politics and elections?
Someone back me up here and write to tell what you think.
So last night, I was at a party with a bunch of left-leaning strategists, politicians, journalists and lobbyists. I am not a card carrying member of any political party and never have been. But it so happened this evening’s party was packed with NDPers.
As I was not working this past weekend,yesterday was my first chance to officially confirm what’s been reported on Friday that Councillor Kyle Rae is out of the game. He won’t run in Toronto Centre-Rosedale in the 2010 municipal race.
I interviewed him today, so click here for a teaser of the full interview I am writing for the Town Crier and will post on my site this Thursday.
But that’s not the only story.
Today Liberal fundraiser and strategist Rocco Rossi made it official that he, along with MPP George Smitherman and councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, is running to be Toronto’s next mayor.
But that’s not all. On a mix of rumour to sure bet others are set to announce their mayoralty hopes too including current city councillors: former journalist Adam Vaughan, Budget Chief Shelley Carroll, Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone and TTC chair Adam Giambrone. I am not hearing councillors Denzil Minnan-Wong or Michael Thompson’s names tossed around much anymore as mayoralty possibilities. And right-wing councillor Karen Stintz has decided to seek her seat again and not run for mayor.
Former Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray, who was rumoured to be running for mayor, is reported to be running on the Liberal banner provincially in Toronto-Centre. But that won’t happen until MPP Smitherman steps down in the new year to register, as a mayoralty candidate, prompting the need for a provincial byelection.
Former provincial Conservative leader John Tory has been rumoured to be running, he’s said he is considering it, for mayor.
Okay, who else will run for mayor and council? Let me know what you think?