Beware of the star candidate

November 4, 2009 9:51 PM

Political parties are always seeking the elusive star candidate in the months running up to an election. A star candidate is a person who has instant name recognition with the electorate and normally will carry with her or him a highly sought after skill that would translate well into the elected arena.

Partisans spin the news of star candidates as proof that their party has enough electoral traction that a big-name candidate is prepared to run for them. Citizens should often ask themselves why the star candidate perhaps was not prepared to run when their electoral prospects did not look as appealing. Another good question is whether the party discouraged other people from running in that riding's nomination to offer a clear path for the candidate.