The Alberta PC's are in the process of choosing a new leader who will automatically become premier as of Oct 1. The first ballot was last Saturday,September 17. Gary Mar came out on top with 41% with Doug Horner and Allison Redford coming in second and third. Ted Morton,Rick Orman and Doug Grffiths did not do well and had to drop out.
Second ballot will be held on Oct 1 when one of the candidates will be declared the winner. The three losers have put their support behind front runner Gary Mar but at least two of campaign managers so far are not happy. They are not following their leaders to support Mar.
Former Alberta PC party leadership candidates Ted Morton and Rick Orman have endorsed Gary Mar in an increasingly heated contest, but their closest advisers are far from happy.
The campaign managers for both defeated leadership hopefuls said Tuesday there's no way they're going to support the Tory front-runner in his bid to be premier, regardless of what their former candidates say.
"All I've got is a very, very bad taste in my mouth about everything," said Sam Armstrong, Morton's campaign manager and longtime adviser.
In a stinging criticism of Alberta's former envoy in Washington, D.C., Armstrong said Mar becoming premier will not bring "renewal" to the Alberta Tory party.Despite these endorsements, some of the MLAs who supported the defeated candidates are not moving to Mar.