- I think Charlie Clark wins the mayoral campaign because they a) have lists and b) the ground game. That being said with my prior history of election predictions… I really have no idea.
- Despite every suggesting otherwise, I really have no contact with the Clark campaign. The last time Charlie and I talked was at Sean Shaw’s goodbye party and we talked about how many cameras I owned. In a weird role reversal, I couldn’t give him an answer. I was sick pretty much since then and didn’t attend any City Council meetings. On the other hand, I endorsed him so some of you will call me a Charlie Clark stooge. It happens.
- I don’t really know what happened to the Moore campaign but it seems to be a bunch of stances that over reached and from the emails and comments I got, started to undermine some trust and confidence. The “hands in the cookie jar” release was brutal. It never should have happened. Here is why. When you make an attack like that, people have to believe something is up. The things with Charlie Clark and Donald Atchison, people believe that if either one of them found your wallet full of cash on the street, they would call you up and give you back. There isn’t a hint of scandal around Atchison or Clark. When you go negative at that time, your attacks backfire. It also undermines your efforts to be a victim with mean tweets videos right after. So yeah, it was a bad week.
- I also think saying Saskatoon is in a financial crisis was mistake from the Moore campaign. I have looked and looked and looked at those numbers. I have asked City Hall staff, other councilors, gone through my vast database and even talked to a contact at a rival rating service. Saskatoon is not in a financial crisis. The credit card is kind of maxed out for a few year while we pay some stuff off but it’s not a crisis. Most of the debt is at a really low rate. I don’t agree with all of it but things go back to normal in a few years. Finally for the last two years councilors have been having casual conversations with me about future spending and slowing it down. They have concerns as well but there does seem to be some plans in place for prioritizing things.
- I think campaigns do this often but instead of doing what you were doing to get close to the lead, they decide to do something different to push them over the top. In the end, it almost never works. Instead, double down on the strategies that made people like you in the first place.
- Some of the campaign teams have expressed regret for how this campaign got out of control. To them I say… well I want to say…. okay… I am going to say it, “Fuck you”. You are the ones that did what you did to make it get out hand for short term gain to win shots against the other side that no one cared about. You could have said no but you didn’t so don’t express regret to me that relationships are ruined and that people (including people who are just voters) got hurt. You did it with eyes wide open and you knew the consequences to friends and the city. So yeah, I don’t care if you are sorry. Nothing is worth lying about, attacking people personally, and basically being assholes in the name of power. As someone hilariously tweeted, the good news is that one Wednesday night, three mayoral campaigns will have lost.
- Who ever runs the SassyGal account has cost the Moore campaign many votes, including Wendy’s. Moore’s campaign team has said over and over to me that it isn’t them but then distance your campaign from it by calling it out. Sadly as anyone who reads it knows that it is an insider writing it and it reflects poorly on the entire campaign. When Jason Kenney does a better job of distancing himself from troll accounts than local campaigns do, you have a problem. Amazing how an account with only 65 followers can do so much damage.
- I have no idea what is going to happen in Ward 2, Ward 6, Ward 8, or Ward 9. Incumbents win in the rest.
- I am not cut out for politics. The practice of a campaign where every four years you try to end someone’s career isn’t something that I enjoy watching.
At the end of the campaign, the mayor is going to have to lead a very divided city.