If Jim Bennett has gone rogue, then it looks like Dwight Ball is right there with him.
It looks like Ball has started a leadership campaign Twitter account; here’s a screen shot.
Not to belabour the point, but the Liberal leadership rules specifically say that you’re not allowed to use the Liberal party logo. Here’s the specific text of that rule again, lifted straight from the Liberal party 2013 leadership rules document.
“The (Liberal party) logo, trademarks and any other official mark duly owned and/or utilized by the (Liberal party) shall not be utilized by any Candidate as part of his/her campaign”
I don’t know if there are going to be any consequences here, but the party was pretty darn clear that they didn’t want leadership candidates using the logo.
As my sharp-witted competitor, CBC’s David Cochrane, pointed out on Twitter last week, technically you could argue that the campaign doesn’t actually start until next week after nominations close on Friday. If that’s the case, I guess Ball and Bennett are both in the clear — for now — but somebody is going to have to change their Twitter pic pretty soon…
EDIT: Oh god, I wish I hadn't opened up this can of worms. I'm now being told on Twitter that the Dwight4Leader account is not officially associated with Dwight Ball's campaign. After a bit of quick messaging on Twitter, I'm told that the Twitter feed is very much NOT associated with Ball. From one organizer who contacted me: "We know what the rules are."
This seems like a good opportunity to point out that the language of the Liberal leadership rules imply legal ownership ("logo, trademarks and other official mark duly owned and/or utilized") so I wonder how the party feels about a random Twitter person being able to use their property.
For anybody keeping score:
- Jim Bennett — maybe rogue
- Dwight Ball — not rogue
- James McLeod — wishing he hadn't opened this can of worms
If there are any other developments, I assure you, I'll update this post.