The news comes as Louie has sent out a media advisory saying he will make a "special announcement" at City Hall on Friday at 10:30 a.m.
In a story headlined "De Genova to Boost Louie?" Paulsen interviewed key players from all campaigns and drew these comments from the De Genova and Louie teams:
"I think there's always been a lot of synergies between our camp and Raymond's camp. A lot of them have been brought about by some of the actions that the Gregor camp has taken," said Ian Bailey, who manages the De Genova campaign.
"I haven't been told. But given all the comments out there in the past several months, I'd be surprised if it wasn't Raymond," said Neil Monckton, who manages the Louie campaign.
De Genova, who was also interviewed, claimed that the Vision Vancouver executive had not treated him fairly:
"The Tyee: So you are steering your supporters to a specific second-choice candidate?
De Genova: "Absolutely. Absolutely."
The Tyee: "Who is that candidate?"
De Genova: "You'll see on Sunday. It will be quite obvious."
The former Non-Partisan Association member was more blunt about why he had made this decision.
"Because I was not happy in the balloting process and how things shook out... I have nobody on the executive that represents me. I wasn't even able to have an observer there... the executive is made up half of Gregor's people and half of Raymond's," De Genova said.
"This is my chance, now, to align myself with what I think is important for
the party. At the end of the day, this is what's right for the party," he added.
De Genova said he had neither met with nor informed the candidate he will support. And he denied that his pending announcement will contradict his previous promises to "leave it up to the membership" to make their second-choice decisions."
Vancouver Sun reporter and blogger Frances Bula also reports late Thursday that:
"I hear from highly placed people that the Louie campaign and the De Genova campaign are preparing to tell each of their sets of supporters to mark the other candidate as their second choice in Sunday's Vision Vancouver preferential ballot."
Bula also defended her posting from complaints by Louie campaign manager Neil Monckton that his side are not telling supporters to vote De Genova as their second choice.
Said Bula: "However, as you all know, even though I may not be naming sources, I don't put out rumours that don't come from credible sources."
As many readers will already know, I have endorsed Gregor Robertson as the best choice for Vision Vancouver mayoral candidate to defeat the NPA.
Vision has over 13,000 registered members who will be eligible to vote at the Croatian Cultural Centre this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.