FREE KIC - NO. 64 FEBRUARY 11
ELECTION TIME PART II- MICK WALLACE
Last month when I was writing about the candidates standing in the election I did not know that another candidate was just about to enter the race. In fact it came as a major surprise for many people when Mick Wallace announced on the Vincent Brown show that he had decided to seek election.
Not your typical politician!
The first time I ever heard him speak was back in March 2007 when he made an appearance on the Late Late Show. I remember watching it at the time and thinking to myself that he was a unique individual because he was prepared to say unpopular things about politicians and other property developers and he was even prepared to go as far as talking about a tax loophole that was being used by many property developers.
After I watched that Late Late Show appearance I began to follow his campaign and one friend of mine joined his campaign.
In the end Mick Wallace must have done something right because he topped the poll and is now a member of the Dail.
As I write this it appears that the most likely government will be a Fine Gael / Labour coalition and it will have a massive majority. In this situation it is not obvious what Mick will be able to do as an Independent back bench TD. Only time will tell but I presume it might be worth writing about at some future date. Now comes the really hard part for him. (I just hope he won’t become as disillusioned as fast as George Lee)
Last month I mentioned that I hoped Liam Twomey would call to my door because I wanted to hear him speak for himself. He did not call but his wife did. Unfortunately I did not get to talk to her. My wife Siobhan spoke to her but it became quite clear after a couple of minutes that they she not want to engage in a meaningful conversation. I am not sure which is worse, not calling or calling and then trying to get away as fast as possible.
The other thing I commented on last month was the lack of a dedicated website for the second Labour Candidate Pat Cody. I just want to highlight that no website ever appeared. Incredible! Labour needs to think about what they are up to.
In conclusion I just want to say that a lot of Wexford people voted for change but given the national result they may end up seeing very little.