Politics Watch is reporting tonight that Tim Murphy, the Chief of Staff to Paul Martin, will be staying-on in interim Liberal leader Bill Graham's office in an unknown capacity.
Intrepid reporter and former Charlahack (before my time though) Romeo St. Martin has the scoop in a nice piece of reporting. Apparently this was announced during a chiefs of staff meeting on the hill yesterday, and was met with "some bewilderment and eye rolling" by those assembled. As it was by myself.
I don't want to delve too deeply into this. I was going to let this whole Paul staying on as leader but Bill doing the job thing go by without comment. And I don't think all the Martinites need to be purged, far from it. But the optics of this news stink, and it's just silly. But then again, I've long since stopped being surprised by their lack of political judgment.
I will though highlight this quote from Graham (who I think is a fantastic choice for interim leader, btw) describing his instructions from Martin:
"He's made it very clear to me I'm going to be in charge," Graham said.
No comment. Except to say news like this begins to make me favour a quicker leadership convention.
And read the whole article. I love the bit about Scott Reid and champagne. Insanity.
[PoliticsWatch Updated 5:05 p.m. February 2, 2006]
OTTAWA EXCLUSIVE -- Tim Murphy, the chief of staff to Prime Minister Paul Martin, will be part of Liberal opposition leader Bill Graham's office, PoliticsWatch has learned.
Murphy's appointment was made during a meeting of chiefs of staff on Parliament Hill Wednesday.
It is not clear exactly in what capacity he will serve the new leader of the opposition, but one source said he will be "playing a role."