16 February 2011

Barnes to tackle Tory incumbent

Former conservative member of parliament Rex Barnes announced today that he will be challenging Conservative incumbent Ray Hunter for the nomination in Grand falls-Windsor-Green Bay South.

Hunter will apparently seek the nomination again;  at the very least Hunter doesn’t look like he’s ready to pack it in.

Some observations:

  • Hunter’s never been tight with anyone in the Tory caucus.  Danny used to keep him by the door and that was not to guard it.
  • Barnes evidently has a good idea Ray is vulnerable and that his candidacy will garner some favour from the party backroom.
  • Don’t be surprised if Ray crosses the floor or that the backroom persuades him to retire.
  • Don’t be surprised if there are more challenges to incumbents or floor-crossing.

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