In response to a query, Wildrose Alliance leader Danielle Smith has confirmed to me that Stephen Carter will be her chief of staff. This is another step in the professionalization of our party leadership. In a party of 12000+ members, Danielle will not be able to spend her time leading if we are all clamoring over each other to demand her time and attention. For Albertans who have not had the opportunity to meet Danielle directly, in my opinion her spatial awareness has made significant progress since June such that if you should choose to attend an event involving Danielle and approach within a metre of her she will be aware of you and will be interested in meeting you face to face as soon as she can appropriately break away from her current conversation and make your personal acquaintance.
For those of us who have already had our one-on-one interaction, I would advise contacting Stephen who, as someone with Danielle's full faith and confidence, will manage access to our leader with an eye to our mutual interest in a dynamic and successful political party. I would accordingly encourage both media and party workers interested in contacting Danielle to get in touch with Stephen who will do his absolute best to ensure that you are fit into Danielle's schedule as appropriate to the priorities of the party whom Danielle was elected to serve, and Albertans in general.
Stephen is Executive Producer of event planner Carter McRae, and is a veteran spokesman for not only the federal Progressive Conservatives (subsequently the Conservative Party) but for the provincial PC party. The Alberta PC Association has to its credit a number of highly capable campaign workers, and the Wildrose Alliance extends a warm welcome to each and every one of these accomplished individuals who have decided to join the party of Alberta's future.
In the summer of 2007 I carried a sign-up sheet around with me to collect the necessary signatures to register a brand new Wildrose Party of Alberta. What do those people I approached at weddings, etc think when they see "Wildrose" in the headlines now?