John Tory kicked off Stintz’s bad weekPosted: February 28, 2014
Most of Toronto’s politicos were caught by surprise when John Tory decided to go out for milk last Sunday night. Surprised because it seemed very hurried and because, well, Tory actually made a decision. And also surprised because everyone knew that Karen Stintz would be announcing her mayoral candidacy first thing Monday morning – except that Tory got there first. This move by Tory seemed petty and decidedly unsportsmanlike – even by political standards. (It should be noted that Tory didn’t have a particularly good week either).
So, Stintz’s week started off with a whimper and went downhill from there. Some highlights:
- Stintz arrives at City Hall to register her candidacy and forgets her (required) identification. “I guess you don’t know who I am,” she tells the clerk. Manages to appear both arrogant and sloppy.
- The fact that John Tory stole Stintz’s political thunder continues to make more news than the fact that she’s now officially in the race.
- Soknacki pushes out an infographic highlighting Stintz’s changing views on transit. (Found here on BCL’s website).
- Stintz goes to the Toronto Board of Trade and does a media avail in front of a backdrop of sunflowers. Aside from being a bit weird and wholly incongruous with running for mayor of Canada’s largest city, doesn’t Team Stintz know that sunflowers start to wilt after October?
- Stintz, trying to be all clever on social media, sends out a bizarre “I’m like you” tweet. Twitter reacts strongly.
- When Fords attack: Doug Ford goes on national television and calls Stintz a “flip-flopper.”
I know some of the people on this campaign and they’re smart, experienced guys. Her week should have gone better.