Wednesday, July 23, 2008

And so it begins...

I'll begin ALP leadership profiles as soon as I can think of a catchy title for that post series...

MEDIA ADVISORY (2008/07/22)

MLA Dave Taylor to Announce Plans Regarding Liberal Leadership

On Wednesday MLA for Calgary-Currie and Deputy Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party Dave Taylor will announce plans regarding his future with the Alberta Liberals.
Wednesday, July 23rd - 10:30 AM

Outside the Bridgeland-Riverside
Community Hall
917 Centre Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta

Dave Taylor will make a brief statement and then open to questions from the media.

Backdrops, view of downtown Calgary

UPDATE: Here's the news story. His blue and yellow leadership website has launched and I already got got an invite to his "Dave Taylor for leader" facebook group (it looks like he'll have a strong youth team judging from the names who have joined). For anyone wondering, I don't intend to get involved with any of the campaigns - none of the rumoured candidates really excite me and I think it will be nice to just observe from the sidelines for a change.

UPDATE DEUX: I got just got the press release from the launch. Among the interesting tid-bits:

1. The campaign slogan appears to be "A New Way Forward".

2. 26 year old Corey Hogan is the leadership campaign manager.

3. As for Dave's three pillars of the New ALP? “business friendly, fiscally responsible, and socially progressive.”

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  • How about "Profiles in Courage."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:18 a.m.  

  • It may only be one profile CG. Who else wants this mess?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:46 a.m.  

  • Swann sounds pretty commited to either running or starting his own party. Blakeman, Macdonald and Elsalhy have all been sniffing around too.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 12:12 p.m.  

  • If Taylor wasn't so lazy and actually door knocked his riding between elections, I'd be more convinced in him.

    As it is, Blakeman seems to be the best candidate out there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:30 p.m.  

  • Great ... just what they need!

    Infighting from their existing or former MLAs who are already tied to Taft's Legacy.

    They need some new blood from Calgary! If they elect someone from Edmonton again they're not going to see any progress.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 p.m.  

  • Chima! Chima! Chima!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:17 p.m.  

  • If the ALP doesn't radically alter its policies and priorities, it won't matter who the leader is.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:35 p.m.  

  • I am only supporting Taylor if there are hotties, I will be watching the Facebook group to monitor the hottie ratio. Please provide hottie updates CG

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:04 p.m.  

  • Does Taylor have the support of any MLAs or other big names?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:21 p.m.  

  • obama - No one has really made any endorsements as of yet. But there are a few key (former) Edmonton MLAs that should be able to sell some memberships so that will be worth watching.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:08 p.m.  

  • Did you read Rick Bell's articulate column today, apparently Taylor was "a Calgary MLA and a well-known radio talk show host before getting
    into politics."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:00 p.m.  

  • Rick Bell is so frickin' crazy he should be hanging upside down in a Coke machine.

    By Blogger Raymaker, at 2:42 p.m.  

  • I give Bell a week to do a complete 180 on his position on Taylor, and then change it back two weeks later, only to change it again the week after that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:57 p.m.  

  • I heard if Taylor wins that MLA Jonathan Dennis may cross the floor.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:03 p.m.  

  • The last comment is total bullshit.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:12 p.m.  

  • Denis is totally a conservative.

    Judging from Taylor's three points he should be a PC too - those are the basic tenets that hold the main core of the PC party together. Perhaps Taylor should leave the sinking ship and cross the floor himself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:26 p.m.  

  • No way. Dennis is a total Liberal-Tory. He ran against Craig Chandler, a true conservative. If he was a PC he'd have supported Chandler.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:06 p.m.  

  • By Blogger Unknown, at 9:56 p.m.  

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