Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pietro, Pietro, Pietro... Mondee?

It looks like Mondee Redman is going to be taking on Richard T. Lee in Burnaby North this May.

Until her narrow 300-odd vote loss in 2005, Redman was a Burnaby Citizens' school trustee. For the past three elections Lee has faced off against Pietro Calendino, losing in 1996 before winning in 2001 and 2005.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

By running Redman the NDP has shown they really dont care about winning in the riding.

She is not the sharpest too in the shed.

Far from it.

2/01/2009 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True...however, we have seen NDP sinking lower (think of the racist-esque comics on one of the star candidates in 2005 with an Olympics medal).

With teacher's union this much strongly against FSA, I think NDP strategy in this riding is already clear. If Ron Burton as many already speculated does decide to take on Harry Bloy, he may give up his seat without changing the balance of power on school board, then that will be three trustees who are "prominent" in the field of education.

Looks like NDP is going back to basics in their quest to win these three swing ridings. And more specifically, while John Nuraney is by far the weakest incumbent, in terms of riding makeup, Richard Lee is the one that is most vulnerable of the three ridings. While Mondee as some suggested may no be the sharpest of all, it is the supporters that she attracts that may determine the outcome of the election.

Mondee is certainly no less partisan than Peitro, she is nonetheless relatively fresh. We all know that these swing ridings will be determined by moderate voters, and while Richard Lee has stayed "neutral" in the NDP vs. anti-NDP sectarian war, as a long term BCLIB MLA, he is considered a deeply partisan incumbent. Amongst the NDP candidates so far, Mondee is the only person that is most able to represent change, and that is dangerous since it will easily attract moderate voters. And from what she has said so far, she seems determined to go for the centrist voters that put Richard Lee over the edge against Pietro. And her appeal over moderate voters is much greater than Kathy Corrigan and Raj Choujan, which makes her very dangerous. I know Richard Lee is very nice, but it will be crucial for him to remind people that Mondee is no less an NDP ideologist than Pietro. To try to play nice Mondee will play right into her hands of trying to sway the moderate voters to vote against change.

2/01/2009 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Redmond had ran the campaign for Peter Julian.

But she's not the best candidate out there.

Then again some BC Liberals who ran for the first time were of questionable quality.

2/02/2009 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mondee had nothing to do with Julian's campaign, perhaps leading to its success. The Burnaby North crew should have done a more thorough candidate search, but perhaps it was the NDPs 'women only' policy that left them no other choice. The recycling of a previously defeated candidate, as in this case, leaves a gaping vulnerability to successful election. Especially against an incumbent - weak or otherwise.

2/02/2009 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mondee had nothing to do with Julian's campaign, perhaps leading to its success. The Burnaby North crew should have done a more thorough candidate search, but perhaps it was the NDPs 'women only' policy that left them no other choice. The recycling of a previously defeated candidate, as in this case, leaves a gaping vulnerability to successful election. Especially against an incumbent - weak or otherwise.

Actually she did. She was campaign manager for Julian's first campaign in 2004.


But don't get so smug there Sunshine. The BC Liberals have had poor quality candidates as well, and will no doubt have a few more.

2/03/2009 6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mondee was the Official Agent for Peter Julian in 2004.

2/10/2009 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was also involved campaigning.

The statement orginally was "Mondee had nothing to do with the campaign", which was wrong.

Mondee isn't the sharpest pencil on the desk, but then again neither are a few of the Regional Organizers that the BC Liberals have had over the past few years.

Mondee isn't part of the NDP's
"star candidates", but she will
get the benifit of NDP help, which more than what can be said for Richard Lee and the BC Liberal Party.

2/10/2009 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burnaby North was not designated "women only" constitency.

2/12/2009 1:07 PM  

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