When fools rush in
So Clive Doucet has decided to take on Larry O’Brien for the Mayor’s chair. And that’s exactly what it is. I don’t believe the severance idea that many have speculated is the cause behind this run. Doucet is not in this for the severance he will get if he loses. I think that might apply more to Alex Cullen who maybe using his Mayor’s run to position himself to take on Yasir Naqvi in Ottawa Centre next provincial election.
But I digress. Doucet hates Mayor O’Brien and I believe that is what is driving this erratic decision. I believe that Doucet’s decision is motivated by being the anti-O’Brien candidate.
And this is a problem for Jim Watson, the current leading candidate for the Mayor of Ottawa. If Doucet can position himself as the vote for the anti-O’Brien supporters, it will cost Watson. Just like the ward races, one has to wonder if too many people enter to challenge an incumbent, does splitting the vote help the cause or support the incumbent. We know the answer.
This has been Doucet’s problem for many of the causes he champions. His emotions get the better of him and his execution is lacking. Instead of teaming up with Watson, he has chosen to challenge him for the same votes that Watson needs to win. No one voting for Doucet would have voted for O’Brien anyway.
Doucet is helping the O’Brien team…not sure that’s the plan.