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Hudak’s bus

Posted in Uncategorized by gritchik on August 29, 2011

I can understand why politicians bring their families on campaigns – mostly for support but also to make a candidate seem more warm, likable, etc. Nothing wrong with that.

Speaking as a mom though, I don’t know if I’d put a child who’s been recently ill on a campaign bus. I’ve been on a campaign bus – they’re cramped and loud and tend, particularly toward the end of a campaign, to smell like my son’s high school locker.

And of the bus itself – It seems a bit exploitive to have a young child’s face (no matter how lovely) emblazoned across it. It also seems a bit desperate on the part of the PCs. With a double digit lead having evaporated over the summer because a lot of people, particularly women, don’t care for Hudak all that much, it appears the Tory brain trust wants to reassure voters that Tim really is a nice guy. Really.

Has a politician ever before so prominently featured his (or her) family like this? Mulroney’s comes to mind and, if memory serves, the media suggested his kids were being used as props. I would hate to see that happen here.

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H/T Kinsella

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  2. fern hill said, on August 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I just tipped DJ’s hat in your direction. Last November, Hudork said to lay off his wife. I’d say he just involved her himself. Ipperwash, anyone?

    • gritchik said, on August 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      Agreed. She is very much not “just” a wife. She was right there with Tim during the Mike Harris reign. She’s relevant.

  3. rabbit said, on August 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    If the role of the wife is as a stage prop then lay off her. But if she’s giving a lot of speeches supporting her husband then she is part of the political process, and fair game.

    Having said that, criticizing the wife can backfire badly, even if she is fair game. The goal is to win elections, remember.

    And having said that, why would you want to criticize her anyway? What’s the point?

    • gritchik said, on August 30, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      She was an advisor to Mike Harris – “one of the architects of Harris’s political platform.”
      Keep up.

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