Paul Antle says this photo is not an endorsement

James McLeod
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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.”

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  • Slippery
    October 25, 2013 - 08:54

    Some people will do anything to get elected. He knew what he was doing. The first impression I had when I saw the PIC was, "wow, look the Chief of Police is a supporter of Mr. Antle". This guy wants to be the next Premier so bad he will do anything. He can't be trusted; especially one (a millionaire) who tried to avoid paying his taxes.

  • Shelly Noseworthy
    October 25, 2013 - 08:25

    Seems kind of suspicious to me. An endorsement but not an endorsement. When it looks like a duck, smells like a duck, walks like a duck…..

  • Jay
    October 25, 2013 - 07:12

    Antle seems to be a bit too slick for his own good. We've seen too much of this before. It's time to be wary of this type of politician.

  • Darren
    October 25, 2013 - 07:02

    I see something wrong with it, the RNC did and I expect others would too because photos on your campaign website imply endorsement. I surely hope your last, after Dumaresque.