Dirty tricks? Dirty pool? Dirty deeds?
It's hard to know how best to describe efforts on Twitter by known BC Liberal Party activists to encourage non-New Democrats to sign an official BC NDP online petition called BC New Democrats United that urges leader Carole James to continue as leader following veteran MLA Jenny Kwan's strong criticism earlier this week.
But that's what's happening in the past two days.
An article by the Georgia Straight's Stephen Hui posted online December 3 talks about the petition and includes a link to it.
That article has been reTweeted with the header: "Every BCLib in the province should sign" by a number of prominent BC Liberal supporters.
They include BC Liberal Party strategist, Meyers Norris Penny lobbyist and radio political commentator Alise Mills - on Twitter as "Graciestyle", Cossette/Optimum Communications PR Consultant and ex-Liberal PM Paul Martin aide David Brodie , "ChristyClarkFan" - the anonymous but enthusiastic supporter of the CKNW talk show host and putative leadership candidate, and others.
In case the message isn't clear enough, one Twitter post expands on this, saying: "BTW, make sure to sign http://www.bcndp.ca/united and give **the enemy** some chaos :-). Thanks and go BCLibs go!"
Currently as of 2:35 p.m. the BC New Democrats United petition has 2,483 signatures but those names are not visible online, so it's not possible to determine how many if any are non-New Democrats united to cause trouble.
Meanwhile, Public Eye Online's Sean Holman has posted an editorial calling for Carole James to step down as leader, saying she is a decent person who should do the decent thing to "resolve this impasse while fully preserving the New Democrats' chances of winning the next election."
NOTE: My thanks to political observer Pete Quily for first letting me know about the effort on Twitter to encourage BC Liberals to sign BC New Democrats United!