Kennedy says family decision not to run for leadership

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Jerome Kennedy

Health Minister Jerome Kennedy confirmed for media today in St. John’s that he will not seek the leadership of the provincial Tory Party in the upcoming leadership race.

Kennedy said that after discussing the issue with his family — wife and two teenage children — he decided fairly quickly he would not run for the leadership. However, he will seek re-election in the next provincial election.

Kennedy also said he is encouraging current Premier Kathy Dunderdale to seek the leadership of the party and, if she does, he will support her.

The health minister also noted that Education Minister Darin King is expected to make an announcement soon regarding his political intentions. Reports suggest King has also decided not to seek the leadership of the party.

Organizations: Tory Party

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  • Jacob
    December 22, 2010 - 15:48

    Kennedy? This fork tongued excuse for a lawyer and latter day polititian is a joke. Like Darrin King he's supporting Dunderdale to ensure continued cabinet post salary. We've already seen this actor has no shame.

  • Scott Free
    December 22, 2010 - 13:01

    er Colin....did you sleep right through the Danny Damage Era??? We need a break from that bullying mentality and we need to undo some of the detrimental damage and repair relationships that can be salvaged. The last thing we need is to follow up Dan's tenure with one of his prime henchmen. I suspect his family jolted some sense into Jerome and reminded him that he was only a coat-tail politician like so many others that Danny had surrounding him. Let's put and end to the mindless commentary from the backbenches and the sickening and senseless fist pounding and desk thumping every time a Tory cabinet minister re-announces yet another promise as was required during Danny's dictatorship as a sign of unwavering support to his ego; we need change; big time.

  • Colin P.
    December 22, 2010 - 11:22

    I'm saddened that Kennedy won't be seeking the leadership. He would have done great work standing up to the Federal Government, Quebec, the oil companies, etc. NL needs someone tough, like Kennedy, at the helm to look out for the province's interests.

  • Frank M
    December 22, 2010 - 10:36

    They are awfully quick to announce they are seeking the top job in the province. Can we expect a snap election before October?????