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  No need for brains or strategy to be Tory candidate: party official
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Last EditedMonsieur  Sep 17, 2006 10:06am
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News DateThursday, September 14, 2006 04:05:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOTTAWA (CP) - Neither intelligence nor political acumen are vital for would-be Conservative candidates, according to a top party official - just don't be tagged a loser.

The blunt assessment was made last fall by Doug Finley, the Tory national campaign chair, as he was embroiled in efforts to oust Alan Riddell as a candidate in the riding of Ottawa South.

Party brass figured Riddell was a sure loser - he'd lost in 2004 - and made it clear in e-mails that they wanted him out.

"Neither IQ level, nor political astuteness are prerequisites to be a candidate - just a citizen over 18 with a reasonable credit record, no serious crime sheet and a surname other than Riddell," Finley wrote in a December e-mail to Ian Brodie, who now is chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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