Boessenkool departs Clark campaign team

Provincial Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark's campaign manager Ken Boessenkool has resigned. In an email, circulated internally to Ms. Clark's team and exclusively obtained by Public Eye, Mr. Boessenkool explained, "Over the past few days the Prime Minister's Office has asked that paid staff and senior members if (sic) the national Conservative campaign team refrain from taking formal positions in the leadership campaigns for the BC Liberal Party. As I have a senior role on the national Conservative campaign team, this request has obvious implications for my role in the Christy Clark Leadership campaign. I will therefore be stepping aside as campaign manager for the campaign." Mr. Boessenkool, a former senior policy advisor and strategist to Stephen Harper, will be replaced by Ms. Clark's campaign co-chair Mike McDonald. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned email.

Message from Co-Chairs

Hi Team

Wow, Christy just rocked on Bill Good! Great start to the week.

We're off to a good start thanks to all of your hard work.

The Tour team put on a flawless event. The social media / web presence was outstanding. We have built, and are gaining momentum on the ground. And of course, Christy herself was terrific!

Christy's Day 1 events were well supported in Harry Bloy's riding and in Pitt Meadows. Day 2 in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House was a huge success with former MLA Walt Cobb and numerous other party members signing on to our team.

And on Friday night, Christy had a lot of great conversations with provincial riding presidents and BC Young Liberals, and then powered through the weekend with lots of calls and meetings to build the organization.

Organization Update

We have been taking stock of the organization and considering how best to meet the challenges of the next 75 days.

First of all, Mike McDonald will be assuming the role of campaign manager. As you know, Mike has been performing this role on a day-to-day basis along with Ken Boessenkool. A message from Ken is included below indicating that he is unfortunately not able to continue, so Mike will move into that role. Ken has been a tremendous help and has been a key part of getting the campaign up and running. We appreciate all that he has done for Christy and for getting our campaign to where we are at today.

This week, we'll get the campaign office open and we have some great new additions to the campaign team joining us, who we will introduce at our campaign meeting on Wednesday night. We'll be focusing on continuing to set up the organization and internal communications and turning up the heat on our 85 riding membership drive.

Christy is on the road this week and Tour and Ground operations are working around the clock to execute successful events and build organization in all 85 ridings.

Did you know? Recruits can text 393939 and type "Christy" into the message and they will be instantly added to our list of supporters. Great for membership drive and get out the vote.

Thank you again for all your help,

Sharon & Mike

Friends,

Over the past few days the Prime Minister's Office has asked that paid staff and senior members if the national Conservative campaign team refrain from taking formal positions in the leadership campaigns for the BC Liberal Party. As I have a senior role on the national Conservative campaign team, this request has obvious implications for my role in the Christy Clark Leadership campaign. I will therefore be stepping aside as campaign manager for the campaign. I sincerely regret any inconvenience this will cause.

It has been a great pleasure working with all of you, especially Christy.

I trust our paths will cross again and I wish you every success.

Best,
Ken Boessenkool

7 Comments

Sad to see things kinda end this way for Ken, but Gordon Campbell also gave such orders at least in 2000 during that federal election. I really think though that Clark's rhetoric will show that she is right on policy, but moderate in tone and willing to back down on policy for the greater good + has the right stuff to lead. Falcon has the right stuff too... but not a good listener who's propped up by way more insiders.

What does it say about the internal discipline of a campaign that leaks internal emails which harm the overall effort? Once again, Clark has been let down by her own team. She really does deserve better.

It is troubling that this guy needed to be told that his involvement in a BC Liberal campaign while being paid by the federal Conservatives was inappropriate. Like, duh! Is this guy so out of touch that he is not aware of the BC Conservatives organizing themselves to run against whoever wins the BC Liberal leadership race? If this is the kind of campaign advisor Stephen Harper relies upon no wonder he cannot get a majority government.

It appears to me this was meant for the entire Christy Clark campaign team - including registered volunteers. These kind of things do leak - I've sat on various political parties' e-mail lists to leak back to my team's HQ...

Christy is doing well. She's driving up the field. Yes, it's fans VS insiders. She's clearly got crowd-sourcing in effect with a nice draft at her backside & social media air support on tap like @ChristyClarkFan on Twitter, DraftChristy.ca which ran early on and also this crowdsourced YouTube channel currently uploading today's CKNW interview (I just checked) - versus a massive Falcon team trying to out-Kev Kevin Falcon and no independent social media support except for @graciestyle. I sure don't see any copies of Alise Mills' endorsement on YouTube or as an MP3 made into the big deal such endorsement is... or a "Kevin Falcon: Best Hits" reel up anywhere either... that campaign ought to worry about lack of volunteer support, lack of air support & lack of public support in the polls more than who's Commander-in-Chief of Clark Campaign :-).

Off hot

The Cons are gearing up for a federal election, so it seems.

Sure thing folks.

And Mr Reichert's sudden resignation was just blah, blah, blah, also.

Or.....

Maybe not.

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This email was crafted with an acknowledgement of a leak.

It is full of PR and happy vibes.

It is earned media.

How many resignation emails are conveniently appended to an email that includes ways for new supporters to join a text campaign? :)

The key phrase in the resignation paragraph: "formal positions". This guy's just gone under the radar.

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