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    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    I spoke this week to a person who very much has the pulse of the municipality.

    The verdict on who’s running. Mayor Jim Watson probably is. Senator Vern White is most likely not.

    No word on whether former Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar throw his hat in the ring but it is unlikely given his health problems.

    So it is up to Gloucester-Southgate Councillor Diane Deans and/or College Councillor Rick Chiarelli.

    Watson probably would not run if he faced a serious contender.

    cheers

    kgray

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    Ron Benn

    Only join a fight that you can win. Jim Watson, seeing Paul Dewar’s health problems and Vern White’s reluctance to resign from the Senate, recognizes that he can win. If either of those two were to join the fray, Jim Watson may have decided to cash in on his multiple pensions.

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    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    The problem in a third term for Watson is that all of these problems he has created will come home to roost … debt, late LRT, infrastructure woes, etc.

    The other thing that Watson has is an uncanny ability to wear out his welcome. He did it with me and with voters at the former city of Ottawa. The French community doesn’t like him nor do people in Vanier. The rurals will beat him up over his rain water tax.

    It goes on and on.

    As it stands now, Watson wins.

    But he might regret that victory. Next term will be very tough.

    cheers

    kgray

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    EajD

    What about Mark Taylor? Why isn’t anyone mentioning him as a potential candidate?

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    Ron Benn

    EajD:

    Mark Taylor is Jim Watson’s valet.

    He was Watson’s office manager when Jim Watson blessed the city by leaving for Queen’s Park, and, when Bay ward came up, had Watson’s full election team support. In return for his undying loyalty, Watson awarded Taylor with the nominal title of deputy mayor, which Taylor then had embroidered on a jacket (at our expense).

    In short, Taylor doesn’t step out for a coffee without Watson’s prior written consent.

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    Ken Gray
    Keymaster

    Ron:

    In addition to all these unofficial titles, Taylor has the unofficial title of council whip for Watson.

    cheers

    kgray

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    The Voter

    In addition to Ron’s points which mean Taylor would never run against ‘the boss’, he’s been so busy serving as Watson’s acolyte that he hasn’t developed any presence of his own.
    When he meets with people, he’s there as Watson’s deputy, rarely as his own man. His staff answer the ward phone line calling his ward office the office of the deputy mayor and he and they refer to him by that title rather than ‘Councillor for Bay Ward’.
    That applies even when they’re dealing with a resident on a ward-specific issue.
    There’s no way, at this late date, that he could create the kind of distance between himself and Watson that would make him palatable to non-Watson-supporters or allow him to do the kind of fund-raising that he’d need to run as a non-dependent candidate. He also wears the Watson legacy more than most councillors and would have difficulty escaping the consequences that the next Council is going to have to deal with. The wisest thing he could do is plan to fade off into oblivion in December.

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