Cullen, a bit of a star candidate in these parts, actually garnered about 8,000 votes less Thursday than the NDP entry in 2011, Wendy Byrne.
This is the man who owned Bay ward on Ottawa City Council on and off for many years. Cullen was one of the loudest and longest voices on council. But he was also its hardest-working member who didn’t scan staff reports but read them in detail.
One would hope there is still a place for Cullen in the political firmament but voters might have moved on. And that would be a shame.
But the NDP with the Liberals reeling from scandal left over from the last Grit administration, had an opportunity to grow. In Ottawa West-Nepean, Cullen actually shrank the vote.
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