Acadia Students’ Union president Matthew Rios says a dispute between the Kings South Liberal and NDP campaigns is an “unfortunate mistake to be caught up in.”
According to emails Kings South Liberal candidate Keith Irving’s campaign distributed to media Tuesday, someone with Ramona Jennex’s campaign sent an email to the Acadia Pride group alleging Irving is a an “outspoken homophobe.”
The email, dated Sept. 19, was an invitation for the group to meet with Jennex and was signed by “Nathaniel Cole, voter contact organizer, Ramona Jennex Campaign.”After receiving the email, Pride co-ordinator Evita Basilio forwarded parts of Cole’s request to the group, including the allegation of homophobia.
Acadia Pride is an internal organization of the students’ union and Rios was handling media inquiries for the group Tuesday.
“I know she feels terrible. I know she has personally sent a note apologizing to Keith," Rios said of Basilio’s part in the saga.
“I don’t think this is bigger than a mistake. A cut and paste gone wrong.”
He pointed out the union in non-partisan and has engaged with all parties in the provincial campaign.
“I know Keith well. I know Ramona,” Rios said. “I couldn’t speculate on their (campaigns’) motivations.”
Jennex said Sept. 24 Cole’s actions were unacceptable and he was no longer with the campaign. She also said she called Irving to offer a personal apology, which he accepted.
At a press conference at his campaign headquarters, Irving said he felt the NDP campaign owed an apology to Kings South and to Acadia.
Cole could not be reached for comment.