At least two senior provincial New Democrat operatives are heading south of the border for political advice. Public Eye has learned the leader's press secretary Scott Perchall and party communications officer David Bieber will be attending a training seminar in Washington, D.C. hosted by Campaigns & Elections. The annual event - which is being held at the Washington Marriott and costs $475 to register - includes sessions such as "Just Don't Do It - Actions to avoid in a campaign," "Keep Your Friends Close, and Your Enemies Closer - How to talk to reporters" and "Diggin' for Dirt! - How to find and use opposition research." In an interview with Public Eye, caucus communications director Jim Rutkowski said Mr. Perchall was "paying his own way" to the event - receiving no funding from caucus. Mr. Rutkowski didn't know whether the party was funding Mr. Bieber's trip.
May 25, 2006