Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair made news Saturday night when he waded into the realm of St. John's municipal politics, endorsing Coun. Sheilagh O'Leary for mayor.
O’Leary is widely expected to run for mayor in the 2013 municipal election; she’s said she’s thinking about it, but hasn’t made any formal commitment yet.
That didn’t stop Mulcair from calling her “one of the most extraordinary politicians I’ve met in a long time” and endorsing her for mayor.
“I promise you I’ll be back, of course, many times to Newfoundland and Labrador, but I’ll really promise you I’ll be back to make sure that Sheilagh O’Leary is the next mayor of St. John’s,” he said.
O’Leary laughed it off, saying that it feels good to have a political heavyweight in her corner, but she’s not committing to anything just yet.
“I’m so ecstatic to have the kind of support from a national leader like Tom Mulcair behind me. It’s just incredible that he would have that kind of confidence in me to run for the office of mayor,” she said. “I absolutely am thinking about it for sure, and it’s a year and a half down the road. We’ll see what happens.”