Vision Vancouver parties at Celebrities; Kirk LaPointe blogs about Trish Kelly
Not long ago, Langara's journalism department head, Frances Bula, tweeted that no one except nerds pays attention to civic elections during the summer.
In this case, I plead guilty to being a nerd.
Today, I'm amused by NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe's latest effort to exploit the resignation of a Vision Vancouver park-board candidate.
"While I might not always agree with Trish Kelly on policy, what happened to her was distressing," LaPointe commented today on his blog. "She contends she was dumped from the Vision Vancouver ticket on park board and that she didn’t step aside (as Vision Vancouver claimed). Her eight-years-ago performance art video might discomfort a few people, but I had hoped we were well past gendered responses and could also understand how social media shares ideas. Her nomination support indicated immense potential in public life and I hope she finds her way there soon. Her expulsion is an odd move for a party that professes modernity, tolerance and inclusiveness."
It's the second time LaPointe has mentioned Kelly's ill-fated candidacy in a tweet or a blog post.
I've emailed Vision Vancouver's executive director, Stepan Vdovine, to see if he shares LaPointe's description of Kelly being "dumped" from the ticket.
That certainly wasn't how Kelly's departure was described in Vison's July 17 news release.
I haven't yet had a response from Vdovine, perhaps because Vision officials are partying at Celebrities to demonstrate their fervent support of LGBT rights.
I heard in advance that Mayor Gregor Robertson will even work the turntables this evening at the Pride Week party, further solidifying his gay-friendly rep.
Of course, if LaPointe truly hopes that Kelly "finds her way soon" in realizing her "immense potential in public life", he could ask her to be an NPA candidate for the park board.
After all, Captain Kirk has already indicated that he's now in charge of the NPA.
In the meantime, perhaps Vdovine could be so kind as to fill in the comment form below to let voters know if Kelly jumped or if she was pushed.
If she voluntarily resigned, then LaPointe's a liar. If Kelly was forced to quit, then Vision hasn't been up-front with the public.
Either scenario is worth voters' attention even in the dog days of summer.