Shifty Steve Harper has been busy lately trying to write off his former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, as a rogue. Harper has accused Wright of deception in the under the table cash scandal with Mike Duffy and Harper has recently tried to amend the record claiming he fired Wright, a shift from his earlier statement that Wright had resigned.
Without directly calling Shifty a liar, a couple of prominent Tories have seemingly defied Harper in coming to the aid of Wright. Jason Kenney was first out the gate, defending Wright's integrity. Peter MacKay has since come out with even less equivocal praise for Wright
“I’ve known Nigel a long time, he’s a very principled individual,
he’s somebody who is honest, he’s worked hard for our party in the
past,” MacKay said.
“That’s my opinion, that’s my view of Nigel.”
Bear in mind that MacKay is giving Wright something of a clean bill of health at the same time as a growing majority of the Canadian public finds Shifty anything but a "very principled individual ...who is honest."
Maybe these guys are truly sensing blood in the water - Stephen Joseph Harper's blood. You think they haven't been waiting for that? I wonder how busy they are chumming the waters at the convention to assess who would support them if Shifty falls?