“I believe in political patronage. Leaders shouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed about looking after their supporters. Patronage is a good thing. It’s essential to the democratic process. It makes the party system work. We should have more patronage, not less.”
— John Crosbie, No Holds Barred.
Three months out of office, and Danny Williams’ legacy isn’t faring so well.
Elizabeth Matthews, his former communications director, may be qualified for an almost $200,000-a-year job at the C-NLOB, and his old lawfirm, Roebothan, McKay and Marshall, may be the best selection for an untendered public contract in a suit against tobacco companies potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but perception is reality in politics.
The Telegram even ran a front-page picture this week of Danny Dum, which is how the newsroom once referred to Dumaresque.
Danny Williams may have attained God-status while in office, but his legacy in the afterlife is showing some cracks.