To the amazement of no one, Tory campaign manager Jenni Byrne is wearing the horns for the Tories’ massive election implosion.
Chief among her wrongdoings, the Byrne victims insist, was how her handpicked team of Little ShitsTM bungled the screening of Tory candidates.
To mention a few:
Blair Dale, the backwards-named doofus in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, got the bum’s rush after complaining on YouTube about people o’ colour in Hollywood flicks: “If you want to see more of your race, stop supporting things that aren’t about it.”
He joined Gerry “My Cup Runneth Over” Bance and wank-caller Tim “The Unicaller” Dutaud in the rubbish bin of Jenni’s due diligence.
Byrne surrounded herself with incompetent friends and family, with little or no experience in the black arts, but who would blindly do her bidding. They included:
–George Habchi, Intern coordinator and Election Readiness Manager in Toronto (and look how that turned out!) who spent much of his time “training” those interns.
–Laura Kurkimaki, war room “issues manager” and Jenni’s cousin.
–Sahara Sousa, war room flunky and Jenni’s former hairdresser.
–Rebecca Dawson, hired because she was a close personal friend.
During the early days of the campaign, Byrne rode shotgun with President Steve, but was soon banished back to the capital to focus on her alleged strengths—getting out the vote. Byrne had to be dragged off the campaign plane, as she felt she should be making grand strategic decisions.
Jenni’s presumption got up the nose of campaign director Guy Giorno, who, along with Harper bagboy Ray Novak, simply ran the war room around her. They stripped her of any control and left her managing local campaigns.
Pissed, she spent less and less time in the war room, preferring instead to kill the afternoons at local watering holes in downtown Ottawa.
When her chief fart catcher, Emrys Graefe—longtime Little Shit and Ezra Levant acolyte—got into a screamer with Giorno and party lawyer Arthur Hamilton, Giorno just fired his ass.
A despondent Byrne packed up her war room office days ahead of the election.
She wasn’t in Calgary on election night, and was unemployed Tuesday morning.