Gordon Campbell fan club president Kevin Krueger won't seek reelection
One of former premier Gordon Campbell's most loyal soldiers is calling it quits as far as B.C. politics goes.
Kevin Krueger, the B.C. Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, has announced he won't seek reelection in the 2013 provincial election.
A four-term MLA, Krueger held several cabinet posts in the Campbell government, including minister of social development and minister of tourism, culture and the arts.
"Thanks to Kevin Krueger & his family for 17 years of passionate public service for #Kamloops and #BC," Premier Christy Clark tweeted.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix also chimed in on Twitter: "Wishing my colleague Kevin Krueger well on his retirement after 16 years of service in the BC Legislature."
After the defection of MLA John van Dongen from the B.C. Liberals to the B.C. Conservatives earlier this year, Krueger rose to the defence of Campbell.
"Gordon Campbell, I believe, will go down in history as one of the finest premiers British Columbia ever had, and this little man with his jealousy and his self-serving behaviour continues to attack him long after he's gone," the MLA told reporters in May, according to CTV News.
In 2010, Krueger memorably claimed that he was threatened by the Alliance for Arts and Culture, as in "a junkie waving a needle", in the wake of arts funding cuts.