Email circulated by Mike Duffy last week to select press gallery journos who still take his calls.
Sept. 16, 2014
From: Mike Duffy
Subject: Aide memoire – on background – not for attribution to me
This is background, for your understanding.
I think the media (CP) misses the point with references like below:
“Duffy has made it abundantly clear that he has no qualms whatsoever about dragging his former party through the mud.”
I am a “conservative” I am not throwing mud as CP suggests, or seeking revenge. I am seeking to restore my reputation by telling the truth.
The danger for the PM doesn’t come from me.
It is more generic than that. There will be a ton of people called. When Canadians see how politics works from the “inside” they won’t like what they see, esp the threats that were made to force a sitting Senator to follow the PM’s plan.
So I am not out to settle scores, or to launch a vendetta. I am simply trying to clear my name, It is a subtle but important distinction.
“Ineligible expenses” — Deloitte found I didn’t break the rules re expenses. And that was confirmed by KPMG.
When he addressed the issue at the CPC convention in Calgary, Irving Gerstein used the phrase “disputed expenses.” I believe that is more accurate. You know all this, but given the media’s love of drama, I just wanted to underscore it for you.
This is for your background, and not for direct attribution to me.