UPDATE: Kent confirms working with Davis in Tory leadership race

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As the delegate selection part of the Progressive Conservative leadership winds down, there are accusations of backroom deals and alliances being formed.

From left, Steve Kent, Paul Davis and John Ottenheimer are the three Newfoundalnd PC leadership candidates. — Telegram file photos

Steve Kent denied that there’s a formal alliance between his campaign and the Paul Davis camp, but at the same time, he confirmed that on at least a couple occasions, the two candidates have co-ordinated efforts and run a joint slate of delegates.

“I’m no king maker. I truly am in this race to win, and that necessitates strategic decisions each and every day of the campaign, in order to win as many delegates as possible,” Kent said. “In a couple of cases, it has been the best way to win it.”

The Ottenheimer camp believes that coming out of the delegate selection meetings, they have the lead and Kent is far back in third place.

On Tuesday morning, Kent took to Twitter and appeared to deny any sort of alliance between the two candidates.

“I am not teamed up with any other camp. I have a positive relationship  with both opponents. I'm in this race to win it,” Kent said.

But speaking to the Telegram, he said that strategic decisions have to be made.

“Every single night is different,” he said. “Some nights you run a full slate. Some nights you runa  partial slate. Some nights you don’t run any slate at all. That’s the nature of this.”

A source in the Davis camp said there may have also been some overlap between the slates of candidates that Davis and Kent are running, but that doesn’t mean it’s a formal alliance.

Because it’s a competitive convention, the PC Party has placed hard limits on who can attend the convention in September. Only registered delegates or ex-officio members of the party are allowed to attend.

Normally, Tory conventions are a big party, and a chance for members of the grassroots to cut loose and have fun.

For many longtime volunteers in the PC Party, the Davis campaign worker explained, getting on somebody’s slate is the only way to get to go to the convention, and that might explain why the same delegate candidates are ending up on multiple slates.

The final delegate selection meetings for the PC Party leadership are happening today and Thursday. The Tory convention is happening in St. John’s on Sept. 13.

With the delegate selection meetings wrapping up, candidates are turning their attention towards a series of debates scheduled for the next few weeks.

Kent said he believes that those debates will be a chance for candidates to pick up a few of undecided supporters.

“I want to show people in the party — particularly the delegates that will be coming to convention — that I’m our best shot at winning the election against Dwight Ball and the Liberals in 2015,” he said. “From my perspective, the debates can’t happen fast enough.”

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Kent denies alliance with Davis amid accusations

As the delegate selection part of the Progressive Conservative leadership winds down, there are accusations of backroom deals and alliances being formed.

A senior source within the John Ottenheimer campaign said, at several delegate selection meetings recently, the Paul Davis and Steve Kent campaigns have been running joint slates of delegates.

The Ottenheimer camp believes that coming out of the delegate selection meetings, they have the lead and Kent is far back in third place.

On Tuesday morning, Kent took to Twitter to publicly deny any sort of alliance between the two candidates.

“I am not teamed up with any other camp. I have a positive relationship  with both opponents. I'm in this race to win it,” Kent said.

A source in the Davis camp said there may be some overlap between the slates of candidates that Davis and Kent are running, but that doesn’t mean it’s a formal alliance.

Because it’s a competitive convention, the PC Party has placed hard limits on who can attend the convention in September. Only registered delegates or ex-officio members of the party are allowed to attend.

Normally, Tory conventions are a big party, and a chance for members of the grassroots to cut loose and have fun.

For many longtime volunteers in the PC Party, the Davis campaign worker explained, getting on somebody’s slate is the only way to get to go to the convention, and that might explain why the same delegate candidates are ending up on multiple slates.

The final delegate selection meetings for the PC Party leadership are happening today and Thursday. The Tory convention is happening in St. John’s on Sept. 13.

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  • Jim
    August 14, 2014 - 22:13

    Never a dull moment with the PCs especially Steve Kent. Always looking for a fix. Moat probably the biggest fix will be in the next election. They must figure with this bill 29 still around and that will never be changed. I personally think the population can see through those schemes.

  • Template for selecting our politicians is purely Corrupt and non-transparent, it needs change immediately.
    August 14, 2014 - 12:07

    The template on how we select our politicians needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom. The process of an individual deciding, after consulting with the leader of the particular party that he or she is interested in running for, and being accepted or not accepted as a nominee by the party leader to run for the particular district , is wrong. Anyone should be allowed to put their name forward as a nominee, only one will be selected to run anyway. Then the process of the winning nominee deciding on who will head up his or her campaign and recruit the messengers who will assist in the person getting elected is also wrong, since everyone involved at the top is expecting to blackmail the said politician and government once he or she is elected and becomes part of the government. This system is corrupt from top to bottom and it serves nobody other than the winning politicians, their families and their business colleagues. This system is part of the one-per centers who have control over the wealth generated and the influence of power. The politicians have far too much say over the people's natural resources and the way they should be governed. The system should be overhauled before the upcoming election in approximately one year hence.

  • Glenn Stockley
    August 14, 2014 - 11:42

    can you imagine one of theses guys as premier…..Dwight Ball has to be a happy man…..

  • AMAZED
    August 14, 2014 - 09:44

    Neither Kent or Davis will win nor should they. What they will win is a trip to the backbenches where they belong. Ottenheimer will make sure of it...your days as cabinet ministers are numbered not to mention your days as politicians. You are both that stupid and you want to run the province!!

  • Don
    August 14, 2014 - 09:00

    Good bye Steve, Good bye Paul, you are now both history. We don't need you two following Liberal tactics.

  • Dolf
    August 14, 2014 - 07:58

    The 3-Mousekateers they might be but in my book the 3-Stooges best describes the lot.

  • mike
    August 13, 2014 - 20:42

    danny must be behind the scences once again I was suppose to attend the convention but not now its decided already

  • Corporate Psycho
    August 13, 2014 - 18:52

    As usual no one can get a straight story out of Kent.

  • Really Now
    August 13, 2014 - 17:12

    Really, this is what wants to lead the province? Neither of them are leadership material. Kent, the "i wanna be a liberal, no NDP, Reform, Canadian Alliance - wait ... I know ... I'll ride Danny's coat to office", Paul Davis - so so police guy & Ottenheimer who screwed every breast cancer patient when he was health minister by withholding information that resulted in the Cameron Inquiry. We won't forget.

  • Political Watcher
    August 13, 2014 - 14:47

    Too late, damage is done. Considering the mess the party is in now, this stunt just confirms that these two desperate candidates will say and do anything to lead the sinking ship. Tells me neither one of them can be trusted.

  • Torey Nomore
    August 13, 2014 - 11:40

    Careful Mr. Davis; wonderboy might bring you down too!