Now that the unity vote is over there’s lots of speculation that Derek Fildebrandt, MLA for Strathmore Brooks will run for the top spot of the new United Conservative Party.
Fildebrandt has formed United Liberty, an organization that will back freedom and liberty oriented candidates and policies, but he hasn’t made a decision as to whether he’ll jump in the race.
When asked what his plans were for running, he said he’s making some careful decisions and weighing his options.
There has been some talk about tension within the Wildrose caucus. Their President, Jeff Callaway, spoke out about those issues in a column written by Rick Bell where he accused Brian Jean of a power grab.
But he’s not the only one speaking out. Fildebrandt flat out told reporters yesterday that he won’t be backing Jean’s leadership run.
Could this be a sign that Fildebrandt will jump in the race? There are certainly rumblings of support from those that are sick of the status quo and love his gritty no holds barred style of politics here in Alberta. People that voted for the NDP wanted change, but I don’t think they wanted this kind of change.
Could Derek Fildebrandt be the change that Albertans need?