Klees campaign responds to Hudak

I just got off the phone with a senior member of Frank Klees’ campaign regarding the letter from Tim Hudak’s co-chair Blair McCreadie. To say the least, Klees’ people are furious.

It was explained to me that two weeks ago, the Klees campaign conducted a voter ID poll and they argue that this was completely legal. All questions asked, they argue, were in the public domain. Questions were asked regarding the “faltering” Hudak campaign and second ballot support. It was argued that because the characterization of the campaign had been reported in mainstream media and on the blogs that this was a public perception poll and that questions were asked legitimately.

The main complaint from the Klees campaign is that the Hudak campaign strategically held their complaint until the day of the TVO debate, a forum where candidates could truly interact and go back and forth. Steve Paikin was the host of the debate. Klees’ campaign complains that the Hudak campaign made their complaint on this day in an attempt to de-legitimize their campaign. They suggest that the post-debate scrum of Klees regarding the “push poll” was evidence to this.

The Klees campaign characterizes the McCreadie letter as “arrogant”, “pious” a “smear” and “not true”. The Klees campaign argued that while McCreadie and the Hudak campaign initiated the complaint, McCreadie himself was 45 minutes late to the three hour meeting to decide the complaint, which he ultimately lost. Further, the Klees campaign accuses the Hudak campaign of salting the earth, “what is this, winning at all costs?” Further, it was explained that all candidates want party unity and that it is “arrogant” for the Hudak campaign to think that only they hold that card.

Ouch.

I imagine that this is not the final barrage; we’ll be here all day, folks. But let’s try to work on this “unity” thing sooner rather than later, k?

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  • Rachel

    Again, the Klees Campaign conducted the push-poll… and somehow now this is all the Hudak Campaign's fault?

    The Klees Campaign conducted the push-poll, they don't deny it.

    One campaign in this race conducted a push-poll. Three other campaigns did not.

    The campaign that conducted the push-poll: Frank Klees.

    The 3 campaigns that did not conduct push-polls: Randy Hillier, Tim Hudak, and Christine Elliott.

  • Bob

    Klees should start his Christian Democrat party leadership campaign. He continuously sandbags us for his religious agenda at all costs to future generations.

  • Paid Polls Are Less Fun

    Stephen, I'm curious: when Team Klees called you, did the number come up as “Dominion Research”?

    In all seriousness, just looking at the Hudak complaint you included a few posts ago, its pretty fair to say Team Klees broke the rules:

    “An agreement that neither the Candidate…use the List for any purpose other than contacting members for the purpose of seeking election as Leader of the Party (see section 2.4);”

    How was this poll in any way connected to “seeking election as Leader of the Party”? Especially if you didn't disclose who you were calling for and thereby gain a benefit?

    Looks like Team Klees has now changed their story from saying Team Hudak “falsely accusing the Klees Campaign of breaking campaign rules” to admitting they did something that most readers would agree DID break the rules.

    But at least Team Klees admitted to rolling in the gutter.

  • Paul M

    I'm disapointed in Klees to, but leave his religion out of it. We're talking about the push-poll his campaign did.

  • Second Ballot

    The fact Team Hudak is still making the same accusations the party has previously decided are “without merit” only guarantees no growth for Tim – smart Blair!

  • Dustin Leath

    Stephen, if you were about unity you wouldn't be airing the candidates dirty laundry for them.

    Where is your entry about the voter suppression piece the Hudak campaign mailed out.

  • Joe the Plumber

    Pre-madonnas in the Hudak Camp misfired yet again

  • Paul M

    Well, at least Klees’ campaign is finally admitting they were behind the push poll.

  • Jack Astor

    Has everyone lost their mind? ALL campaigns do polls in every election – DUH! Guess what – all 4 of them have to pay for them too – it is called voter research! Hudak was more than happy to sandbag Klees by calling around saying Klees wasn't even in the race after he announced – but hey the rules only apply to the guy you don't support right?

    If there was any hint of wrong doing the party would have ruled in Hudak's favour – they are all supporting him. Where have you folks been?

    Talk about a bunch of cry babies playing in the sandbox! Please just take your toys home and leave!

    This was a timely smear campaign tactic – nothing more and nothing less. Things are not going their way so when all else fails starting filing complaints and crying foul. I bet John Tory was quite happy about being sandbagged as well for the entire time he was leader but lets ignore that one too.

    Now Elliott is being accused of paying for polls and that one came up on the TVO debate for anyone that actually cared to listen insead of looking for bashing punch lines. Hudak has paid for polls too and some of them have been nasty so as the old saying goes – those who live in glass houses…..

    How idiotic we must look to party members and non-party members with all this silliness. So much for the “Unity” card that was continuously being touted by Hudak – sure, yeah right!

    Can you not talk about the real issues like trying to get the Liberals out of power or something equally constructive for a change – so much for common sense!

  • Truthhurts

    Sorry if the questions upset Team Hudak's – I guess the truth hurts!

  • cash

    i voted as follows:

    1) Elliott
    2) klees
    3)hudak
    4)hillier

  • Johnny

    You mean the voter suppression piece received by Hudak voters? I think you’re barking up the wrong tree with this one, Dustin.

  • Mike

    The Klees campaign admitted to hiring the calling firm, to writing the “push poll” script, and to insisting that the calling be anonymous (contrary to industry rules and federal law, but not to the rules of the PC party for reasons that defy explanation).

    The party decided that the specific complaint of the Hudak campaign (a breach of the undertaking) was without merit. Big difference.

    So Klees campaign escapes the wrath of the party, but at least the sun is shining on the tactics of Frank’s closest supporters.

  • Charles

    I would like Hillier or Hudak for the PC candidate because I am first a libertarian and second a conservative, a constitutional libertarian would best discribe my beliefs. I will not vote for
    the PC's “liberal candidates” and there are a growing number of people like me. I know this because I am a political wingnut like the rest of you and talk to the people I come in contact with everyday.
    I am shocked by the number of people who tell me they don't vote in any election; most of these people are of a conservative opinion but don't seem to think there vote matters. The left never seems to have a problem energizing their side by telling there followers that if they don't go out and vote for the Libs or Dippers than “the Evil Mike Harris will be reserected”. I liked Mike Harris he said what he meant and meant what he said; what is wrong with that.
    If we can get a person like Mike, or Brian, or Ronald, or Margaret to run the show for a while I would be the happiest little “neo-con” in the world.
    P.S. I find a very useful tool to use is the Darryl Wolk blog; vote against whoever he endorses and you will not go too far wrong. Nice blog, but just to the left of Layton.

  • Sarah

    My ballot

    Klees
    Elliott
    Hillier
    Hudak

  • Sean B

    Christian Conservative has it right. I cannot make sense of Team Hudak's strategy on this negative attack. If he is trying to reduce his second ballot support, he is doing a great job. I do not see any way he can win at this point.

    http://canadaconservative.blogspot.com/

    Monday, June 22, 2009
    Klees campaign “Furious” over Hudak antics
    Stephen Taylor's got the scoop on this one.

    The Klees campaign characterizes the McCreadie letter as “arrogant”, “pious” a “smear” and “not true”. The Klees campaign argued that while McCreadie and the Hudak campaign initiated the complaint, McCreadie himself was 45 minutes late to the three hour meeting to decide the complaint, which he ultimately lost. Further, the Klees campaign accuses the Hudak campaign of salting the earth, “what is this, winning at all costs?” Further, it was explained that all candidates want party unity and that it is “arrogant” for the Hudak campaign to think that only they hold that card.

    Ouch.

    And you've got to be a completely inept political moron if you think that they're not letting their supporters know how they feel about it… which is going to translate into lost 2nd ballot support for Tim, end of story, full stop.

    And dispite what some folks think, Klees supporters don't have to “move” their second choices from Tim to Christine to send the Hudak campaign a message… all they have to do is vote ONLY for Frank, and thereby deny Tim the 2nd choice vote they'd intended to give him.

    If Tim loses over this, then perhaps it's for the best. His “team” will have lost this one for him, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory…

    Hey, does that SOUND FAMILIAR???

  • JO

    And Hudak wonders why he got a big old #4 on my ballot?

  • JO

    And Hudak wonders why he got a big old #4 on my ballot?