|Province columnist Mike Smyth, left, & Sun reporter Jonathan Fowlie, centre, interview George Abbott at BC Liberal special convention last Saturday - Bill Tieleman photo|
Little-known candidate Ed Mayne is holding a 9:15 a.m. news conference Thursday and there's little secret to the content - he will pull a Moira Stilwell and leave the contest to support George Abbott.
Sharp-eyed Vancouver Sun reporter Jonathan Fowlie noticed that a Mayne media advisory issued today was actually authored by Abbott campaign staffer "kcook".
That "kcook" is of course, Karen Cook, a vice-president of corporate communications firm Hoggan Associates - owned by James Hoggan.
So, that reduces the field from 6 candidates down to just 4, putting more pressure on likely 4th place finisher Mike de Jong to consider his future.
De Jong is Tweeting today that he's still in to win - but smart money would say that "Open Mike" is open to all offers from Abbott or Kevin Falcon - the two candidates with the best shot at winning.
It's doubtful he would jump to Christy Clark's listing ship at this point when all the momentum is toward's Abbott's insurgent run and Falcon's establishment parade.