See Spot, Alex, Jim, Larry, Clive, Rob, Bob, Mike, Stan, Eric, Sean, Jane, Charlie, Cesar and Sam Run

Looks like Clive Doucet announcing his candidacy for mayor might be the best thing that could have happened to Larry O’Brien.

For a while there it looked like Jim Watson had a pretty good lead in the race – before O’Brien announced his intention to run again. Then O’Brien threw his hat in the ring and now the polls show them at 29% for Watson and 22% for O’Brien.

However, with Doucet jumping on board the rapid transit track to mayoraldom, some Watson supporters could shift their votes to Doucet. Doucet is very popular in certain circles. There was much rejoicing in the Glebe and Centertown for instance, when he announced his candidacy last week.

Then there’s also Alex Cullen on the non-O’Brien side to split that vote even further….not to mention the other 10 candidates in the race so far. Wanting to be Mayor of Ottawa certainly seems to be all-the-rage.

It’s a good news/good news situation for O’Brien. His competition is undercutting each other. And, there won’t be any need this time for him to pay anyone to drop out. In fact, he might think about paying them all to stay in. He might even think about sending some of his relatives or office staff out to secretly campaign for Doucet.

I know there are quite a few very vocal anti-O’Brienites out there, but they would be foolish to think that he doesn’t also have plenty of very ardent and very influential supporters.  Add this to the Ottawa electorate’s better-the-devil-we-know voting mentality — as is witnessed by the same old tired councillors getting re-elected term after term – and I wouldn’t put any money on O’Brien getting defeated in October.

This is my first Ottawa municipal election, however, so I’d be interested to hear what the natives think.

(For anybody reading who has no interest in Ottawa municipal politics, I’m also collecting some good summer recipes – especially for cold dishes involving pasta. Thank you)


18 responses to “See Spot, Alex, Jim, Larry, Clive, Rob, Bob, Mike, Stan, Eric, Sean, Jane, Charlie, Cesar and Sam Run

  1. Um… XUP for mayor?

    And I know it’s not cold, but last night we had pasta tossed with olive oil, cut up cherry tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella (NOT the pizza stuff). So actually it was more warmish than hot… And very lovely indeed.

  2. The mayoral position is somewhat useless (kinda like O’Brien) because it’s the council that holds the power.

    Want major change in this city?

    Vote for a different council member. Don’t vote for the encumbent.

  3. I agree with your analysis. It’s unfortunate as I was hoping to see a strong credible candidate take on Larry O’Brien and beat him. With a divided field it will be hard for that to happen.

    I’m constantly disappointed at municipal politics in this city, and I don’t think O’Brien desevres to be re-elected. One of the reasons for me was the bus strike and his behaviour in terms of provoking and prolonging it.

    Plus he just seems to divide and conquer on everything, and not paying attention to what people who disagree with him have to say.

    Those are my thoughts. We shall see what happens though.

  4. oh god, please don’t say it. i couldn’t stand another three years of o’brien. but you are right, the other candidates are totally splitting the vote. they all need to sit down together, figure it, pull together and support one candidate. it’s the only way to get o’brien out. but this is politics, so sensibility won’t prevail and we will be stuck with a business man with no business running a city back in office.

    and i agree with ken, we need new councilors to really change things up, especially if the mayor stays the same.

  5. End of the day, I don’t really care who ends up coming out on the good side of this year’s election–just as long as after it, Ottawa’s unemployment rate drops and I can invent a way to get back there. Oh, yeah, and next one of these fools to encourage bus strike 2.0 gets drop kicked from Vanier to Kanata. And back.

  6. Jazz – Warmish is okay, too. And really, there’s no reason why you couldn’t eat that cold as well, is there? And, yes thanks I guess I might as well run for mayor, too, since everyone else is.

    Ken – It would be a very, very good idea to vote for an entirely different council, especially if we’re looking at the same old mayor. But from what I’ve seen, people are really afraid of someone new representing them – no matter how shitty the current person is.

    Justin – If he keeps his head down and doesn’t do or say anything too stupid just before the election, O’Brien shouldn’t have much of a problem winning this, unfortunately. He seems to have friends in all the right places to help make that happen. But, as Ken points out, with a good, new council it might not matter that much??

    Smothermother – You could say the same thing for federal politics, but there’s too much ego involved for reasonable decisions. So yes, let’s vote in some new blood.

    James – Every man for himself politics, eh? Problem is, James that the health of the overall city trickles down to each individual facet of it. You can’t just demand the mayor develops new jobs in the city because you need one and to hell with everything else.

  7. If you are running for mayor then I want to know what your position is on the “Giant Toxic Hogweed” problem that you have in Ottawa.

  8. Ken is correct – the whole Council needs an overhaul. But the Mayor does “matter”. He is the face (ugh) and voice of the City to the outside world. When we have a bumbling Mayor, we all look bad.

    I also question his judgement becasue of his coziness with the Harperites… particularly that moron John Baird.

    I predict that either Doucet or Cullen will drop out soon after Labour Day if not before. There will be “talks” between Watson’s camp and those in Doucet’s and Cullen’s that will emphasise the need to get rid of the bald guy…

    Not that bald guys are bad or shouldn’t be in politics or nuthin’…

    Main point – get out and vote Ottawa! Take an interest fer gawd’s sake!

    Look at this:
    2006 Voter Turnout

    54% overall!

  9. Lebowski – If I’m elected mayor I promise to tame the Giant Hogweed and use it’s evil powers for good like smiting our enemies and feeding the poor.

    Trashee – 54% is just a little less than the 58% that turned out for the last federal election. Back in the 1960s (if my STATISTICS are correct) we could expect voter turn-out to the tune of approximately 80%. Also, I think bald guys should stick to playing pool and/or wrestling. They have no business in politics — scaring children and causing painful glare during public meetings

  10. So what you are saying is that you are as full of sh*t as anyone else who is running for gov’t.

  11. I don’t do politics — Ottawa or elsewhere. But I do like pasta salad. I’ve carefully researched and selected this recipe for you. Haven’t tried it yet; does it still count?

    Crabmeat Shrimp Pasta Salad


    3 cups water
    1 pound unpeeled medium-size fresh shrimp
    6 ounces seashell macaroni
    1 cup thinly sliced celery
    1/2 medium-size green pepper, finely chopped
    1/2 medium-size red pepper, finely chopped
    1/2 small purple onion, chopped
    2 green onions, chopped
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 cup commercial Italian salad dressing
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon dried whole oregano, crushed
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    Dash of pepper
    8 ounces lump crabmeat, drained

    Bring water to a boil, add shrimp, and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Drain well, rinse with cold water. Chill.
    Peel and devein shrimp, set aside.
    Cook macaroni according to package directions, omitting salt; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain.
    Add next 6 ingredients; blend.
    Combine mayonnaise, salad dressing, lemon juice, and seasonings. Add to macaroni mixture. Stir in crabmeat and shrimp. Chill.


  12. Trashee – You know, it’s true. There really aren’t very many bald people in politics. I guess people figure if a guy can’t even control his own hair, how is he going to be able to run a country/province/city.

    Lebowski – To whom is that question directed?

    Davina – Thanks! I may modify this a bit since I don’t eat shellfish or commercial salad dressing..but it’s definitely something I can work with. The dressing is what distinguishes pasta salads usually.

  13. This sudden panic about the giant hogweed is sort of funny. It has been around for about 100 years but now, we have people acting as if it’s “The Day of the Triffids”! Which, by the way, is also referenced in the lyrics to the theme of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. (“… fight a Triffid that spits poison and kills…”) Now I can’t get it out of my head.

  14. Julia – Slow news day maybe?? Also, The fact that you cleverly avoided comment on the rest of the post has not escaped me.

  15. O’Brien is terrible!! Between the bus strike, light rail law suit, sewage leaks and myriad of other problems experienced by our city, he should NOT be elected for another term!

    If people are smart, they will vote for someone else.

  16. Pauline – “if people are smart”… riiiiiiight. I think it’s pretty clear that people are not smart. That’s why we keep ending up with the politicians we have. I hope I’m wrong about him getting re-elected, but I fear I am not.

  17. @XUP-LOL. Yes, I wrote that knowing that some people have short memories and will forget about all the problems he caused or did nothing to fix.
    (Lets also not forget the whole “bribery” scandal as well)

    But despite my cynicism, I do hope that most people will remember his corrupt incompetence and vote for someone else.