Doucet, Holmes Encouraged To Run

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    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Opponents of Mayor Jim Watson are trying to get former councillors Clive Doucet and Dianes Holmes to enter the race for the top job at Ottawa City Hall.

    It’s not because proponents think either can win, but because they hope to split Watson’s vote and let someone else finish first.

    The problem is to convince one of the two to run as sacrificial lambs.

    That said both people are not fans of Watson. That might be enough.

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    Bob LeDrew

    Ummmm, whaaaat?

    The Venn diagram of Doucet voters and Watson voters looks like two wheels rolling away from each other. The Venn diagram of Holmes voters and Watson voters last touched in 1959, when JFK won the primaries.

    This is one of the dumbest ideas I have ever heard. And I’ve HAD more dumb ideas than most people. If you want to split Watson’s vote… don’t get people who are the antithesis of Watson to run.

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    #745933 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Bob:

    Thank you for this.

    The idea is that Watson gets a lot of downtown votes from the white-wine-and-wicker crowd.

    Doucet and Holmes get a lot of downtown votes from the same base.

    Thus the split.

    cheers

    kgray

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    Bob LeDrew

    I could not disagree with that concept more strongly. I figger I am as crunchy a granola as Lowell Green ever spat on, and while I likely voted for the two as councillors when I lived in their wards back in the day, I think my only vote for Watson went to him because I would have voted for a stump before O’Brien. My bad.

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    #745936 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Bob:

    That spitting is high praise indeed.

    All I can say is that there are smart political people who think this can work.

    Me? I’m just a puppet of the system.

    By the way, the stump has merits.

    cheers

    kgray

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    #745964 Reply

    sisco farraro

    Hey, hey. What about Mr. White. I thought he was going to be a shoo-in if he ran. Much as I love Doucet because he has a different way of looking at issues, what Ottawa needs right now is “strong leadership” as opposed to “Jim the Entertainer”, someone who’ll tackle problems head on.

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    The Voter

    Vern White is very much an unknown quantity when it comes to his ability to sit as mayor. He has released no policy proposals and nobody has seen even one plank of a platform but people are already out there supporting his candidacy.
    Hasn’t our recent experience with a guy who had never been inside the Council Chamber until he entered it as mayor taught people anything? I know Vern has visited Andrew Haydon Hall on numerous occasions but it was as an employee, not as a policy-maker. Let’s hold off on the enthusiasm until a) he indicates some intention of putting his name forward and b) follows that up with a plan for what he wants to do if he were to be elected.
    Out of respect for his previous occupation, I won’t refer to him as a pig-in-a-poke but, until we see an actual platform, I think people should hold their endorsements. An important part of that platform would be an explanation of its financing.

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    #746001 Reply

    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Voter the next mayor will inherit a great deal of debt.

    So yes, financing ability is imperative.

    cheers

    kgray

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