Rachel Montgomery has "suspended her campaign" on the basis that she "can't work and campaign at the same time".
She has apparently returned to nursing during this health crisis out of the goodness of her heart.
She's made it clear that she's not withdrawing - she's just suspending her campaign.
She got a heck of a lot of very positive press due to the fact that she made the public statement in as grand a way as possible.
The bit about not being able to work and campaign at the same time - is that some sort of municipal legislation, or is it just Montgomery saying she feels that she can't do both effectively?
I must admit, if it's the later, and even though she's getting nothing but congratulations and kudos on her Facebook page, it really does seem like she's pandering.
I'd be interested in knowing if she actually has gone back to nursing, or if the entire press package was intended more just to attempt to separate her from the rest of the candidates with some feel good PR?
I get that my question might be too brusk, extremely rude even - but I'm afraid that my natural suspicions in "sudden political shifts" like this always take the fore, and I assume something is being done for publicity or personal gain long before I would ever assume something was being done out of the goodness of somebody's heart.
If she's going to the frontlines - those are going to be very long days under very trying conditions. I have no doubt that Rachel was well aware of that and I've got nothing but respect for the decision she's making to put the needs of people who might wind up needing healthcare in the weeks to come. With respect to the homeless and tents - I don't think that'll be the ultimate solution, because I don't think it'll comply with what is needed in terms of social distancing and access to adequate facilities for hygiene. I would not be surprised if a school or schools wound up being used for that person with additional manpower called to supervise the inhabitants. I expect the rules we're all going to have to obey are going to be pretty strict - including the rules for the homeless. Our Victoria is likely to be very different by the time we're through, and I imagine much of what we've argued over or debated in the past will be seen as being extremely petty and minor.