Earlier, we reported exclusively that federal Liberal uber-operative Mark Marissen is supporting Stephane Dion's prospective leadership bid - possibly as his national campaign manager. But are there any other Lotuslanders lining-up behind Mr. Dion? The two names presently running on the rumour mill are Mike Witherly, the part-time lounge singer who headed up Prime Minister Paul Martin's British Columbia desk, and Doug Beaton, former senior advisor to Industry Minister David Emerson. Asked about the rumours, Mr. Witherly replied "I was impressed with Stephane at Mark's place. And I've always been a bit of a lefty Liberal. But I have not committed to anything yet." At this hour, Public Eye has been unable to reach Mr. Beaton for comment.
March 15, 2006