Earlier, Public Eye reported failed provincial New Democrat candidates Mike Hanson and Christine Hunt had been hired by the Opposition caucus. But they're not the only new staffers. Flemingites Brian Kowalski and Ed May have also joined the party's legislative assistant corp. Mr. Kowalski previously made headlines as the treasurer of the 2003 University of Victoria grad class committee that produced an anti-drinking and driving poster featuring Premier Gordon Campbell's mugshot. And Mr. May was most recently the South Island field organizer for the New Democrats.
Other recruits include: Angela Guliano, an administrative coordinator under the previous New Democrat administration, Gurbinder (Brenda) Kang, the wife of British Columbia Taxi Association president Mohan Kang, election campaign assistant wagonmaster Karen Karagheusian (a Moncktonite who is tight with the leader's press secretary Scott Perchall), Raj Patara, whom we would appreciate more information on, and Susan Vasilev, a former ministerial assistant who is married to Saanich South MLA David Cubberley. Ms. Vasilev has been specifically assigned as an aide to chief of staff David Perry.
In related news, the Opposition has also brought in two new communications officers: Cara McGregor and Tim Renneberg. Ms McGregor, who interned with the New Democrats, is the daughter of former cabinet minister Cathy McGregor. And Mr. Renneberg chaired Prince George's tri-riding communications committee during the recent election.