What a tempest over the hard-fought Conservative nomination here in Simcoe Grey!
Wasaga Mayor Cal Patterson seemed really very angry today distancing himself from the letter sent out this week by the Kellie Leitch camp, ostensibly by him, endorsing her for the federal Tory nomination. While Cal has been a supporter of Leitch's for a while, he told me today not only did he not write the letter, he wouldn't have. As a result of what happened, he says he's taking himself out of the endorsement business entirely.
So if Patterson didn't write it, is this another case of Simcoe Grey's Conservative minions getting ahead of their leader? Can we expect other endorsers' letters to arrive soon?
Having worked in PR (albeit briefly) I know a few little things about how quotes work in these situations. That knowledge is one of the reasons I don't quote news releases if I can help it at all.
So here's how I figure this situation came about: (and please remember I'm just guessing here, but it's an educated guess) Patterson endorses Leitch, (which he did; openly and without exception, out loud on my talk show two weeks ago) whereupon an eager worker in Leitch's office puts together the letter, which, in their eyes, isn't really that much different than him speaking the words on the radio. Well, except for the encouraging people to join the party part. Oh, and the signature. But I can just imagine the keen young letter-writer thinking to themselves, "WhatEver...let's get this thing in the mail!" While it might be a stretch, it's not a big one.
And really, how different would that be from Helena Guergis' people writing letters to the editors of local newspapers under an assumed (or their spouse's) name?
It's a lesson for all you budding politicians: the minions need minding.