Windsor Pitbull Can Taste Premier's Job
She's the only liberal leadership candidate that isn't based in the GTA. Windsor native Sandra Pupatello is seen as the woman to beat heading into the convention.
The former Windsor MPP says she thinks she has the perspective the other candidates don't, living part of the time in Toronto and the rest four hours down the highway. She says it allowed her to get outside of the Queen's Park bubble when she was in office, allowing her to see what others thought of how things were run.
Pupatello has been sitting on the sidelines since she chose not to run in the 2011 election, working at Bay Street firm PricewaterhouseCoopers until now. When she was at the legislature, she was seen as a pitbull during Question Period and she says she plans to bring that fire wherever she goes if elected.
The one road bump for Pupatello is if she is in fact made premier, she wants to secure a seat first at Queen's Park before recalling the legislature. That means a by-election but after that, the former education and economic development minister plans to hit the ground running.
But of course she has to get through balloting at the convention before any of that can happen. Back at the 1996 convention, Pupatello supported current leadership candidate Gerard Kennedy in the final ballot. He ultimately lost to Dalton McGuinty but she laughs, it's her turn now.
Heading into the weekend, Pupatello has secured 27 per cent of delegate support - as well as a list of former and current MPPs and MPs backing her - but it is still a ways to go to get the 50 per cent plus one needed to be named premier.