Mammoliti announces bid for PC nomination, veering away from run for mayor… at least for now

4:33 p.m., March 20, 2018. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti after announcing he will be seeking the nomination for the Progressive Conservative candidate for Brampton Centre. As recent as last week he told reporters he was considering a run for mayor of Toronto.
4:33 p.m., March 20, 2018. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti after announcing he will be seeking the nomination for the Progressive Conservative candidate for Brampton Centre. As recent as last week he told reporters he was considering a run for mayor of Toronto.

March 20, 2018

By Arianne Robinson

City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti announced on Tuesday he hopes 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.

Mammoliti told AM640’s John Oakley he will 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, Mammoliti spoke with reporters.

“One of the biggest decisions that I’ve ever made in my life has been this decision, and everything inside of me wanted to run for mayor and wanted to keep John Tory – I wanted to debate him. I wanted to bring out the facts. I wanted to bring out the issues,” he told reporters after the show segment.  

“At the end of the day it’s not about me versus John Tory. It is about the issues at hand, and how quickly to resolve them, and I think I can best do that at a provincial level. I think I can do more at a provincial level than I can at a municipal level, so I’m going to give every shot that I have to make that difference at a provincial level.”

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.”

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.”

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