The news of McCain's suspension drew gales of derision from the press. No one was willing to give him the slightest benefit of the doubt...that his motivations were anything less than craven......to another:
McCainworld had assumed that the suspension would be viewed as an authentic, characteristic act of putting country first. But...McCain was now seen as a typical, and faintly desperate politician - and his campaign a campaign of stunts.
Conservative candidate Chris Alexander has suspended his campaign for re-election in the riding of Ajax, Ont., in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis.Meanwhile, Tabatha Southey calls out Alexander for still caring only about optics:
Alexander cancelled a Thursday morning media appearance and is returning to Ottawa to focus on his ministerial responsibilities. They include looking into a case brought to the forefront Wednesday after disturbing images emerged showing a Syrian toddler's body washed up on a beach in Turkey.
In a statement, Alexander said "the tragic photo of young Aylan Kurdi and the news of the death of his brother and mother broke hearts around the world."
And Tonda MacCharles notes how the Cons' campaign-only mentality will prevent Alexander from running even a public relations exercise from his office:“Photo,” “images,” image,” talking point. A sense of what Alexander sees as the problem & where he’s going with it. https://t.co/GOtCIoquAh— Tabatha Southey (@TabathaSouthey) September 3, 2015
According to Chris Alexander's Ottawa office, all media relations spox are on leave until Oct. 19 working on election.— Tonda MacCharles (@TondaMacC) September 3, 2015