Kevin Skrepnek stood on the pier at Riverside Park today, hoping the rain would hold off as he announced his intention to try for a seat on City council in November’s civic election.
He wants, he told a baker’s dozen young supporters and media, to become a voice of “cooperation, consensus and common sense” on council.
Skrepnek should, at least, bring some zest into the campaign, though he promised not to repeat “previous transgressions.”
Oh, yes, about those transgressions. His main contribution to politics to date has been the hijacking of federal NDP candidate Michael Crawford’s name in an Internet domain registration a year and a half ago (this was while working as a constituency assistant for MP Betty Hinton). When he faced some heat over the prank, he conveniently left town for a couple of weeks.
So far he appears to be running his campaign through Facebook, and he’s certainly no stranger to blogging, either. He’s the guy, remember, who used his blog to call Liberal MP Carolynn Parish “a heartless bitch,” to tell political consultant Warren Kinsella to “shut the f— up,” and to refer to himself as “the baddest mother f—– of all time,” not to mention “the best looking.” Plus a few other choice words, and proudly published a picture of himself taken at a Tory convention after too much time at the bar.
But that, the 21-year-old said today, was when “I was young.” He was, he explained, only 17 when he tied one on at the convention, and acknowledged his blog language of the past is not appropriate for someone who hopes to gain the confidence of voters.
All in all, based on his press conference at least, Skrepnek handles himself well. Youthful indiscretions aside, he has some of the natural-born politician in him. He was light on issues, but made his first promise: to flesh out his platform during the campaign.
One wonders, of course, just how he’ll manage his transformation from foul-mouthed blogger to a voice of cooperation on City council. He intends to launch a brand new blog very soon, so maybe that will provide some clues.