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Scott Thompson: Will PC leadership squabble keep them from beating Wynne?

Patrick Brown scrums with reporters after addressing supporters and the media in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 18.
Patrick Brown scrums with reporters after addressing supporters and the media in Toronto on Sunday, Feb. 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Why does the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party always insist on shooting itself in the foot before crossing the finish line?

They have done it in the last two elections and are loading the gun for a third. Have they not learned anything?

Despite most Ontarians polled just want Premier Kathleen Wynne out, and would take any of the PC candidates over her, the Conservatives seem hell-bent on destroying themselves instead of their enemy.

So should we be surprised that Patrick Brown — who was once the leader of the party before losing it to a flimsy CTV sexual misconduct allegation from a person who changed her age of legality after the story aired — is re-entering the race?

I guess not, stranger things have happened in this story.

And the final chapters are still being written as the PC Party has now given Brown the opportunity to run for his old job again.

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I guess as one listener put it, “It’s better to have Patrick Brown in the tent peeing out, than outside peeing in.” (Yes I cleaned it up).

The PCs are hoping after March 10, when the leadership winner is announced, Ontarians will have forgotten all about this family squabble, and they probably will.

Remember when everyone thought Doug Ford would be the biggest distraction in the PC leadership race?

Despite all of this, the majority of Ontarians still feel, “Anyone but Wynne!”

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Scott Thompson hosts The Scott Thompson Show! on 900 CHML and is a commentator for Global News