Monday, September 17, 2012


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.


Anonymous said...

The only thing I would like to hear from this cunning constituent politician is why he was kicked out of caucus by the then Premier Williams and why he did not cross the floor at that time. He should have the done the right think and resigned period.

Anonymous said...

Ryan Cleary as leader of the NDP....and potential Premier!!!!!!

Hilarious and frightening at the same time.

Anonymous said...

Find it hard to believe that Osborne was not on the evening news taking issue as to what the Premier had to say. Leaves one to wonder if we are getting the full story from him, I think not. He seems to be laying low now since the Premier had her say.

Just thinking what Dale Kirby would say about Ryan Cleary stepping in as leader NDP. Would he be the next to cross the floor

Anonymous said...

Having professionally known the two following individuals for a decade now, let me sum it up this way.

Tom Osborne: Best MHA ever elected in recent memory. Responsible to those who voted for him, answers to them and listens to them.
I knew Tom in three capacities in the past. He always was up on everything going on and each conversation picked up where the last one left off.

Kathy Dunderdale. Worst MHA ever. Bears no allegiance to her constituents. Is disconnected from her riding and absent from it. No one knows her here. She doesn't campaign or spend any time with her constituents. Could not care less.
I met KD working on Norm Doyle's campaigns and in other capacities associated with the PC Party. Norm himself was always surprised that KD didn't remember me and would re-introduce me again... and her face was always like someone who had just been hit by a 2x4 upside the head. No clue. Whatsoever.

So, who do I believe? Tom Osborne.

Anonymous said...

Tom had no where to go but into obscurity. This is a move designed to boost a political career that had run it's course.