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This article was published 30/11/2006 (3915 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Some people think obtaining a photo of a politician with a goat may be as good as gold.Well if that were true, the Free Press's legislature office would be golden.Alas there is no such precious metal in sight, but we do have such a photo.Portage la Prairie MLA David Faurschou posed with a goat he won in some sort of “only in Portage” barnyard animal auction for charity. Before you go all postal on me, yes the picture has been photo shopped. He did pose with the goat he just wasn’t on the front steps of the legislature when he did it. He had the image photo shopped for an event in Portage.Faurschou’s goatherd imitation goes public just as he showed his face at the legislature this week for the first time since the throne speech on Nov. 15.He skipped seven days of house business to fight for his political life in Portage.He is facing a challenge to his nomination for the Tories in PortageFrom Ryan Matthews, a political assistant to MP Brian Pallister.Some Tories and political pundits believe Faurschou will go the way of Denis Rocan. An MLA since 1997 Faurschou is not a caucus insider, and is not considered to be tight with Hugh McFadyen or McFadyen's peeps.He embarrassed the party last spring when after the Tories had loudly and openly mocked NDP MLA Conrad Santos for napping in the legislature, Faurschou was seen to be doing the same thing. And then when he was asked about it by the media he said he "powers down" after he has a big lunch.And earlier this fall, when the Free Press first reported he was being challenged for the nomination and that he was not known for making waves in the legislature, Faurschou complained that wasn’t true. In fact, he said, he was the only MLA singled out by name by Speaker George Hickes last spring for misbehaving in the legislature.Not exactly something most politicians would brag about but I digress.Don’t count Faurschou out just yet.Faurschou tells the Free Press he sold more than 800 memberships, something confirmed by a party source Tuesday. It is quite a high number and one unlikely matched by Matthews.Mathews would not dish his own numbers this week, but he does have two things going for him: he has Pallister's organization behind him and the endorsement of Ed Connery, the former Tory MLA from Portage who was a cabinet minister in Gary Filmon’s government.And sources say the Matthews camp will be carefully scrutinizing every membership sold by the Faurschou team potentially turning this race into a nasty one.Even if every Faurschou membership is confirmed, it also doesn’t guarantee he has the nomination in the bag. As Ron Schuler proved last spring just because you seem to outsell your opponent in memberships, doesn’t guarantee you win the race. Not only do you have to make sure all the members show up to vote, you have to make sure they vote for you.The Portage vote is scheduled for Dec. 12.