April 2, 2018
By Arianne Robinson
Doug Ford announced on Twitter that Giorgio Mammoliti would not be running for the nomination of Brampton Centre in the provincial election race moments before the councillor himself publicized the news.
The tweet from the Progressive Conservative Leader was published at 6:01 p.m. on Monday night.
In the moments following, Mammoliti tweeted that his plans to leave city hall have changed.
Mammoliti announced less than two weeks ago he had plans to leave City Hall for Queen’s Park as the Progressive Conservative candidate for Brampton Centre, one of the new ridings in the 2018 election.
The Ward 7 councillor made that announcement on AM640’s The John Oakley Show, saying he would be seeking the nomination of the riding in hopes of working alongside Doug Ford.
“Doug was very clear publicly, everywhere we’ve gone, that he wants me to be at Queen’s Park,” Mammoliti said on the show. “He’s been very clear about finding the riding that I’m comfortable with. I’ve done that and now it’s my job to get myself nominated and to represent the good people of Brampton Centre.”
In response to a question about Doug Ford’s suggestion that there is a movement among voters right now, Mammoliti said, “Oh, it’s more than a movement. This is almost a religion. I mean, Ford Nation is almost a religion. People want to join.”
After the radio interview in March, Mammoliti spoke with reporters.
Asked what he will do if he does not win the nomination, Mammoliti said he would run for councillor or mayor.
“I’ll be returning to council. I’ll be trying to return to council if I’m unsuccessful at a provincial level,” the councillor said in March.
When pressed, Mammoliti refused to clarify if he meant as councillor or in a bid for mayor.
“I’m going to leave it at that right now, but I will make every effort to come back to council.”
Mammoliti could not be reached for comment on Monday night.