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In case you missed the first act, the geniuses at Conservative party headquarters put Halton in play last Friday afternoon when they unexpectedly called all the members here and told them nominations were now being accepted for my job. Yeah, I know the last election was only seven months ago, and the next one’s not on the radar yet. But, what’s logic got to do with it?
Yesterday my team received word the Righteous Right was mobilizing against me. Moving in mysterious ways, and in the space of just two days, they had organized a campaign, rented a hall, started telephone solicitation, written a script, sent out a newsletter promoting anti-Garth campaign events, brought in outside organizers and generally let it be known my buns would soon be toast.
The big event today was an admission of who is behind all of this. Yes, it’s my old buddy Rev. Charles McVety, the Pat Robertson of the North, and a man who’s a pillar of the fundamentalist Christian movement. He and I have exchanged views on TV, on this blog and in conversation. His group issued a press release asking Stephen Harper to condemn me (quite unnecessary, of course), and McVety has said his army would target MPs who do not support outlawing same-sex marriage.
Second: It is becoming increasingly clear, though, that I am in this fight on my own. I spoke with party officials today, and it did not go well. My righteous right opponents who intend on swamping the nomination meeting on September 11th have gained access to party membership lists which should only be released after a candidate is endorsed. They make each phone call prefaced with. “This is a call from the Conservative Party of Canada…” Their organizational meeting last night was booked as a party event, and the would-be candidate, D’arcy Keene, was heard to say he was just out “to help Stephen Harper.” Maybe you read his comments in the media today – he is clearly claiming to be the party candidate. And I can find no willingness to police this process. Interesting.