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A candidate offers me a job

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This election just keeps getting stranger and stranger.

I got a call today from Ludolf Grolle, who’s running for the Liberals in St. Paul against Tory incumbent Ron Schuler and the NDP’s Cynthia Ryan.

Grolle wanted to talk off the record about something, and I agreed to go off the record for that one item.

Then the conversation continued.

Grolle told me that we’re both from England and that he very much likes my writing. OK, so I got off the boat in 1952 and Grolle got his Canadian citizenship this past January. I’m happy he likes my writing, and I won’t disagree with his opinion.

Grolle told me he’s a professional artist and is putting together a book of his works, and needs someone to do some writing for the book, and with my being such a good writer and all, and he’s certainly willing to pay...

When I lifted my jaw off the floor, I pointed out that it would be completely inappropriate for me to accept money and a freelance assignment from a provincial candidate.

Oh no, no, no, came the response, this offer has nothing to do with his candidacy, it’s in his full-time role as a professional artist.

And I had the hardest time getting through to him how inappropriate that would be. He said he’d call me after the election, and it will still be inappropriate then.

Oh, by the way, Ludolf, a little free political advice, your NDP opponent, Cynthia Ryan, you might want to start referring to her as a woman rather than as a girl.

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