Russell Mayor Pierre Leroux is seeking the Liberal nomination in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell now that Grant Crack has announced he will not seek re-election.
The move had been discussed, and criticized, yesterday before Mr. Leroux had declared his candidacy.
"I'm hearing the mayor of Russell is quitting to run for Liberals. Which would be hilarious as just a few weeks ago he was telling me how important it is that we elect a Conservative in GPR. He was even begging me to help him win a PC nomination," Tory organizer Fred DeLorey tweeted yesterday.
Mr. Leroux replied: "Actually what I said is that we need the best possible person to represent GPR. What is funny is that members of the local conservative riding are the people who wanted me to seek the nomination cause they weren’t happy with the current candidate."
If he wins the nomination, he will face Russell councillor Amanda Simard, who won the Tory nomination last year following the disqualification of opponent Derek Duval, of Vankleek Hill, by then-leader Patrick Brown. Mr. Duval said he was barred because a party official accused him of filming someone eating a hamster off a hockey stick. The "hamster" was actually poutine.
Mr. Leroux says he will continue to serve as mayor if he loses his nomination bid.