Paul Antle wants you to know that if you see a photo of him standing side by side smiling with somebody, that doesn’t necessarily constitute an endorsement.
This photo was posted on Liberal leadership candidate Paul Antle’s campaign website until The Telegram started asking questions about whether it was appropriate for an RNC officer to be posing with him. — Screen grab
Just such a photo with RNC Chief Robert Johnston quietly disappeared from Antle’s Liberal leadership campaign website this week, following inquiries by The Telegram.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Act says “A police officer shall not engage in political activity,” and it seems that Johnston wasn’t happy that the photo was on the website.
He wasn’t available for an interview, but a spokeswoman for the RNC sent a brief statement to The Telegram, saying, “The chief of police for the RNC does not politically support any candidate nor did he authorize for his picture to be used for such purposes.”
Antle said that just because he posted a photo of himself on his campaign website standing next to the police chief doesn’t mean he’s getting an endorsement.
He said he meets with lots people just for the purpose of information gathering, and that’s what he was doing talking to Johnston.
“I think our public servants and people in those sorts of positions, when asked, as part of their community outreach, they certainly are open to discussing those issues with people who are interested,” Antle said. “I don’t see anything wrong with that whatsoever. It’s not an endorsement.”