Remember Rachel Marsden? Ever since her false harassment allegations against an SFU swimming coach, she’d fallen entirely off my radar. As it turns out, she’s apparently a prominent and controversial conversative pundit, with a column in the Toronto Sun and regular appearances on Bill O’Reilly’s show.
As Western Standard reports, she was asked to run against Jack Layton in the Toronto Danforth riding. Apparently Ms. Marsden declined, but I like this analysis nonetheless:
Up until last year, I lived in Toronto Danforth for some time, and I was probably one of the 10 non-socialists that did. It’s full of CBC journalists, public school teachers, gay and lesbian couples and immigrants who came over 30 years ago but still think they owe Trudeau a favour for it. The Tories wouldn’t stand a chance in that riding if Shania Twain was their candidate. But sticking a loose cannon who revels in making obnoxious comments about gays and Muslims, smack dab in the backyard of the Toronto media would not only earn the Conservatives no points in that riding, but would almost certainly ruin their campaign nationally.
I don’t know. I’m certainly no politico, but I think it might have proved an effective distraction tactic for the Conservative Party. Marsden would have lost, but she’d have drawn some media attention away from Layton.
As this Wikipedia entry (a little too obsessively) describes, Ms. Marsden’s personal conflagrations apparently didn’t end when she left SFU.