At the end of the Calgary debate, candidate Jeff Willerton announced that his run at the leadership of the Wildrose Alliance had come to an end, and that he was throwing his miniscule support behind social conservative candidate Mark Dyrholm.
While another blog makes a good case that this has the appearance of a set-up, if turns out to be part of a staged stategy, then it would have no other option than to be considered a flop. Willerton never did get his campaign off the ground, cemented in the third place position from the beginning.
(For the life of me, I again can't help but recognize the handwriting that is all over this...)
Point blank, Willerton was comic relief at the debates, but never a serious contender.
No matter the real reason for Willerton's decision to quit, the result will be disappointing to the Dyrholm campaign, who will not see a significant rise in supporters - Jeff Willerton simply didn't have many to give.
Whether a planned gimmick or a genuine decision by Willerton, the media attention being given to Danielle Smith and the kudos she is already receiving for another fine debate performance has quickly reduced the Willerton move to a campaign news afterthought.