CKNW host Christy Clark hasn't yet said whether she'll be entering the provincial Liberal leadership race. But one of leadership candidate Kevin Falcon's well-known supporters is already floating one reason why politicos should think twice before supporting her. In a private email obtained by Public Eye, Ray Castelli writes Mr. Falcon is "the only candidate that has a hope of keeping the provincial Liberal coalition together and beating the NDP. I like and respect Christy Clark but I know far too many Conservatives who have either left to join the provincial conservatives, or have told me they'd bolt the next day, if she wins."
Asked for comment, Mr. Castelli explained, "I have enormous respect for Christy. I have known her almost as long as Kevin...But I'm a strong believer, (the Liberals) have got to be a coalition, it has to stay a coalition and I honestly believe Kevin has a better chance of keeping a coalition together and keeping people from leaving" for the BC Conservatives.
"I think Christy's got a mountain to climb to do that," he continued. "She's been very outspoken and negative about the federal ministers and you've never heard Kevin say a bad thing about Ignatieff. So if you're going to run a coalition, you've got to be respectful to both sides. And I think Kevin's reached out to all parts of the coalition."
But, that being said, Mr. Castelli said, "If Christy were to win, I'd have no problems supporting her. I'd work my ass off to help her - to keep the coalition together. But I just think Kevin has a better chance of it."
The following is a complete copy of that email.
To: Ray Castelli
Subject: Kevin Falcon
Just writing to see if you're interested in getting involved in the provincial leadership race.
If you are, would love you to consider supporting Kevin Falcon.
We've known Kevin since University and he's always been a strong supporter of our federal party.
I also think he's the only candidate that has a hope of keeping the provincial Liberal coalition together and beating the NDP.
I like and respect Christy Clark, but I know far too many Conservatives who have either left to join the provincial conservatives, or have told me they'd bolt the next day, if she wins
More importantly, I think Kevin's got the energy, the drive and a record of accomplishment (both in Transport and at Health).
If you're interested in getting involved, let me know.