Winnipeg journalist Lesley Hughes has decided to seek election as an independent in the Manitoba riding of Kildonan-St. Paul.
Unfairly smeared as an anti-Semitic, 911 conspiracy nutbar and dumped by the Liberals as their candidate, one can easily understand why Lesley Hughes might want to run as an independent and show her attackers what she is really made of. If the outpouring of support for Hughes by Winnipeggers is any indication, she will give a good account of herself.
Can she win? Probably not. Tory incumbent, Joy Smith, won by a handy margin last time and lacking the resources the Liberal Party could provide, Hughes is in a poor position to challenge effectively.
With Hughes out of the race, NDP candidate Ross Eadie might have had a chance.
Here is what happened in 2006.
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With Hughes in the race as a high profile independent candidate, the anti-Tory vote is fractured.
It’s a pity.