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Caldwell coy on leadership rumour
Will he or won’t he? He apparently won’t. Maybe.
The blogosphere and my email account were abuzz today about the rumor that Brandon East MLA Drew Caldwell was considering a late run for the NDP leadership. The buzz was created by a story in the Wheat City Journal that had Caldwell, the only man ever fired from a Gary Doer cabinet, getting lots of calls urging him to run.
The story added, however, that the reporter could not reach Caldwell on Tuesday to update his intentions.
The Sausage Factory decided to put this one to rest by going old school. Reached by phone yesterday (that black plastic thingy that old people in journalism use to call the people they write about) Caldwell said does not intend to run for the leadership. Does that mean never, or just right now?
"As we speak, I will not be a candidate for the leadership of the NDP."
So, are you reserving a final decision? "I will not be a candidate for the leadership of the NDP."
It’s not clear why Caldwell would want to be muddy about this issue. But it’s clear that he was being pretty cute with the Wheat City Journal, just as he was a bit cute with me.
And for the record, I think he’d add a real X-factor the race. But for now, and possibly forever, he says he’s not running.
"You’ll be the first person I’ll call." Okey-dokey.
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About Dan Lett
Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.
Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.
In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.
He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.
In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.
Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.
Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.
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