The rumors the rumors!
It seemed wherever I traveled over the weekend someone had a different theory on the “motivations” behind St. John’s South MHA Tom Osborne’s flight from the P.C. Caucus.
Osborne is a shrewd political operator from a family steeped in Conservative politics. His decision to burn his bridges to the Progressive Conservative Party was not a knee jerk reaction. This was something that took some planning and thought.
He says he is going to look at the other parties and consider joining one of them. He was weaned on not being a liberal, so it will be surprising if he parks in that caucus. He describes himself as a red-tory. He has spend decades working for the underprivileged, the disenfranchised and the homeless. Like George Murphy, I think he will fit comfortably into he NDP caucus.
Other trains of thought include:
One theory: He is going to hold out for a while for the best offer. Say for example, a posh appointment from a future premier like Dean MacDonald.
Another, this is all the doing of the Harper Conservatives. Stephen Harper wants someone else at the helm here. Tom is being groomed to run as a Conservative in St. John’s South – Mount Pearl.
Than there is the Machiavellian suggestion that St. John’s South NDP MP, Ryan Cleary is interested in replacing Lorraine Michael as provincial NDP Leader. He and Tom are going to “switch roles” paving the way for Ryan to become Premier while Tom becomes the NDP MP.
Another has Tom sitting as an independent or joining the NDP until next summer when he will announce his candidacy for mayor of the City of St. John’s.
Tom told reporters that politics is in his blood. Whatever the future holds, Osborne is young, aggressive and in no rush to hang-up his skates.
One thing is for certain, this cunning constituent politician is not to be underestimated.