Manning says he’s not running

James McLeod
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Senator Fabian Manning will not be running for the PC Party leadership.

Conservative Senator Fabian Manning

Manning said that family considerations were the primary reason why he won’t be running.

“Believe it or not, an 11-year-old daughter has a fair amount of effect on her father,” he said. “We’re just not there at the present time.”

Manning was thrown out of caucus by former premier Danny Williams over a dispute on fisheries policy, before he left provincial politics and ran for the Conservatives federally.

Manning was appointed to the Senate after he lost his Avalon seat in the House of Commons.

He said that he’s planning on being involved in the leadership race — just not as a candidate.

“Oh, I’ll definitely be attending the convention as a delegate, and I look forward to see who will be offering themselves as leaders,” Manning said. “I think it will be an opportunity for the party to revitalize itself. Certainly, you know, while the party has challenges going forward, I don’t think any of them are what you call insurmountable.”

Right now, only one candidate has formally announced that he’s running — west coast businessman Bill Barry.

Former cabinet minister Shawn Skinner and current ministers Derrick Dalley and Steve Kent have said they’re thinking about a run.

The Tories will gather in St. John’s in early July for a delegated convention to pick their new leader.

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Recent comments

  • Merin
    February 21, 2014 - 15:00

    I believe everyone is making room for a consensus candidate. Derrick Dalley? Hope they have someone else up their sleeve because I don't think he's going to cut it.

  • Darrell
    February 21, 2014 - 14:24

    Looks like it Dalley could be the only one, looking easier and easier for the Liberals. Hee haw.

  • Guy Incognito
    February 21, 2014 - 12:41

    Family considerations? Maybe his family told him he should consider the fact that the people don't want him..... Another Harper puppett.......

    • Dolf
      February 21, 2014 - 15:40

      A lifetime Senator who just has to wake up in the morning until he's 75 to make $175,000.00 is THE deciding factor.

  • Mike
    February 21, 2014 - 12:35

    Oh please, this is more laughable then a Yuk Yuk's comedy festival! He had no intentions of running, he used the stupid media for free exposure and they ate it up like a bunch of idiots. How much more of this crap do we have to endure before we hit the streets to protest?

  • John Morrisey
    February 21, 2014 - 12:20

    Manning has got a gold plated job with spectacular benefits until he's 75 and then a wonderful pension after that. Why in God's name would he want to put his name into the ring for election when he knows that people don't want him anyway. This way, he's Stephen's boy and we have no choice. Wonder how his expense accounts look?

  • Virginia Waters
    February 21, 2014 - 10:42

    Manning said that while he was comforted by the fact he could go back to his senate job if he lost his leadership bid, he was much more concerned what would happen - if by some fluke - he actually became premier. He said he'd only have a year at most in the premier's office with pretty good pay and perks before the law required he hold an election. He was worried what would happen to him after he lost that election which, he acknowledged, was the obvious outcome given his reputation in the province as something of a Benedict Arnold. By that time Harper would no longer be prime minister, having well deservedly lost his own election, and Manning wouldn't get to be re-appointed to the senate for yet another, record-setting third time. He said he was worried that, like ex-senator Patrick Brazeau, he might be forced to accept a job managing a strip club in Ottawa. So for all those fine, logical reasons, Manning thought maybe he should tuck his tail between his legs and settle for milking his cushy senate gig for another quarter century. And who could blame him - Manning might be a turncoat but he's not a complete moron.

    • steve
      February 21, 2014 - 15:13

      your last line was right on the money VIRGINIA