Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Firing a candidate

In Nevada, at last check, some Republican leaders were politely asking Senator John Ensign to resign in the wake of his admitted extramarital affair and attempts to pay his paramour's family to keep quiet.

Compare that with how the Labour Party dealt with a less than perfect candidate. What does that tell you about the differences between the party system here and the one there?

Tweet this: You're fired, Brown tells UK candidate

Britain's governing Labour Party says it has dumped a candidate in the national election after he made offensive comments about political foes on Twitter.

Stuart MacLennan, who was running in the Moray district in northern Scotland, made obscene attacks about rival parties and labeled elderly voters as "coffin dodgers."

The 24-year-old MacLennan -- who wasn't expected to win the seat -- is the first scalp of Britain's election campaign, which began Tuesday and ends with a May 6 poll.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose Labour Party trails the Conservatives in opinion polls, said Friday that MacLennan's Twitter comments were "unacceptable" and demanded he resign. MacLennan said he "been stupid and rightly paid a high price."

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