Liberal leader Dr. Jon Gerrard told me this morning that he regrets not taking part in a now-cancelled River Heights riding town hall at Grant Park High School.
Gerrard said that due to a ‘glitch’ in his campaign, he only heard about the request Wednesday night to take part in the all-candidates’ debate before senior students, weeks after a teacher had first started sending a series of invitations to Gerrard’s campaign.
"We dropped the ball on this one," said an aide to Gerrard.
Gerrard said he loves talking to students, and would certainly have gone had he been aware of it.
The teacher called it off, telling other candidates that he’d waited too long to hear back from Gerrard. Rosh Hashanah had arrived, and it was impossible to find a time that everyone could make.
In other election stuff, I got a call at home Wednesday evening, this time from a human being.
He wanted to tell me about Marty Morantz, the Tory candidate in River Heights. I know who Marty is, I interrupted, even though I’m not sure I’ve ever met him.
In that case, said my caller, can Marty count on your vote?
No, said I, in my job I never tell anyone which way I’m voting.
The campaign worker then named my wife, but said they don’t know who I am, and asked for my name to be added to their records.
Nope, I responded, if your list doesn’t have me (I’ve only lived in the house 23 years and voted in umpteen elections), then I’m not going to supply it.
Yes, I was cranky.