Monday, November 17, 2008
Carole James and NDP probably think one more municipal vote is Golden
The old phrase "revenge is best served cold" probably occurred to Carole James on Saturday night when the results of the mayoral election race turned to Golden, B.C.
Likely only political junkies such as the proprietor of this blog would be fascinated to know that the mayor of Golden lost his job in that vote.
Who cares? New Democrats, because the mayor was Jimmy Doyle, former NDP cabinet minister and Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA during the last term of government.
Why? Because Doyle switched sides to the BC Liberals last year and was rumoured to be a possible candidate for the Gordon Campbell team.
What's more, Doyle announced he was joining the BC Liberals just as Carole James was about to address the Union of BC Muncipalities in September 2007, in an obvious attempt to embarrass James and curry favour with Campbell.
"I thought it over seriously while I was shaving a couple of weeks ago," said Doyle at the time. "I think Premier Campbell is doing a very good job."
But it looks like Jimmy Doyle slit his own political throat.
Councilor Aman Virk beat Doyle by just five votes in the preliminary count released by the town.