And there wasn't so much as a splash to mark Chris Woodcock's departure from Stephen Harper's nest of bent vipers, officially known as the PMO or Prime Minister's Office.
This time it was Harper's Director of Management and Issues or Issues Management which is a title that suggests nothing so much as a "fixer", the very role in which ex-con Bruce Carson served Harpo until he was outed in a scandal.
Woodcock is another senior PMO staffer fingered by the RCMP as having prior notice of former Chief of Staff Nigel Wright's 90-thousand dollar, under-the-table cheque to Senator Mike Duffy, the Cavendish Cottager.
Woodcock's departure was not announced but appeared, according to CBC, in "an electronic directory of government employees that was updated some time between Wednesday and Thursday." Now you see him, now you don't.
"We don't comment on staffing," Julie Vaux, one of Harper's press
secretaries said in an email to CBC News. (really, since when?) Wright resigned from his post
as Harper's chief of staff a few days after it became public that he cut
a cheque for Duffy, who had committed to repaying his housing and
Harper says he did not know about the cheque and thought Duffy was paying the money back himself.
The court documents indicate that Wright's lawyers told the RCMP that
Wright informed three other people in the PMO about his intention to
write the $90,000 cheque: Woodcock, Benjamin Perrin, Harper's former
legal advisor, and David van Hemmen, an assistant to Wright.
So that makes Wright gone, Perrin gone (he left first but is wanted for questioning), Woodcock gone and van Hemmen possibly eying the exit.
I wonder if Woodcock voluntarily walked the plank or if he did it at swordpoint. Maybe I should send in a resume. Just in case.
The world is closing in on Sideshow Steve. He's now down to his former valet as his current Chief of Staff, this guy, who might just be responsible for the "enemies list" scandal: