Kirk LaPointe's musings seem more authentic than canned statements from Mayor Gregor Robertson
Not long ago, I tweeted that Surrey politics are becoming more interesting than what's on offer in Vancouver.
I blasted that message out because I felt that Gregor Robertson versus Kirk LaPointe made for a dull mayoral contest.
It couldn't compare to the sizzle of a Surrey race pitting former mayor Doug McCallum against Coun. Barinder Rasode and Coun. Linda Hepner.
But I'm prepared to re-evaluate my perspective after observing LaPointe's recent tweets and blog posts.
Late last night, the NPA mayoral candidate declared that Vision Vancouver shouldn't have "bumped" Trish Kelly off its park-board slate. (Vision has claimed that she made the decision to withdraw, but the Courier's Allen Garr has suggested otherwise in a recent column.)
"They should talk, she should run," LaPointe wrote on his Twitter feed.
He's also questioning Vision's spending habits in connection with the mayor's approach to the Arbutus corridor, Granville Island, and recent SkyTrain stoppages.
I enjoyed LaPointe's recent blog post headlined "10 Things About The First Few Campaign Days", especially how he deflected Vision's parry against his stance on a Broadway subway line.
"I can say I’d welcome a Broadway subway line to UBC and have my opponents claim I don’t want it," LaPointe wrote. "My opponents act as if this is a done deal. But other governments have to help finance the line and I don’t think City Hall has any kind of dialogue going with them. I think I have a better chance with Ottawa and Victoria than they have. If my position seems wishy-washy to my opponents, then I suppose theirs seems delusional to me."
LaPointe's informal approach stands in stark contrast to the regular emailed statements we receive from Mayor Gregor Robertson's office.
I've never believed for a moment that Robertson actually writes these statements, yet they're repeated ad naseum by media outlets all over town as direct quotes from His Worship.
The notion of getting Robertson on the phone for an interview is greeted with guffaws in our newsroom.
One of our reporters, Travis Lupick, contacted numerous mayors over a short period of time for his recent Georgia Straight cover story on transporting oil by rail through the Lower Mainland.
He didn't even bother asking Robertson for a phone interview because we all know there's no point. So instead, he reached Coun. Andrea Reimer for Vision's position.
Communications matters in election campaigns. Look no further than Christy Clark's victory in the 2013 provincial election.
The biggest municipal upset in recent years probably occurred in Calgary, where Naheed Nenshi's witty banter and adept use of social media won him the mayor's chair in 2010.
Now, Robertson's facing a mayoral opponent who's not afraid to speak directly to the media, write his own tweets, and craft his own blog posts.
Robertson looks timid in comparison.
I suppose we'll find out in November if this makes any difference to Vancouver voters.