First, Rick "Badger" Brennan, vice-president for print of the Legislative Press Gallery, abandoned Queen’s Park to become the Star’s Greater Toronto Area bureau chief.
Now, the gallery is losing its president.
Alan Findlay, who has been at the helm of the influential Queen’s Park Gallery since 2004, is leaving for Ottawa.
Findlay, a well-regarded reporter for the Toronto Sun departs later this month to work at the Parliament Hill bureau of Sun Media.
His departure and that of Brennan means the gallery is looking for two senior posts.
The annual meeting to select a new president and v-p, print, will be held in camera - because no one is as sensitive to leaks or as secretive about their own activities as journalists - on April 12.
From March 24, the day after the provincial budget, until the election, CH Television’s Randy Rath, the veteran vice-president, broadcast, will serve as president.
"He has no intention of running for the job beyond then," wrote Findlay in an internal e-mail, er, obtained by the Political Notebook.
"Rob Benzie at the Star has agreed to preside over the nominations process, which requires nominations and secondings by voice at the April 12 meeting," the president continued.
No one, it is safe to say, has yet approached the chief electoral officer about running.
However, Frank McKenna, John Manley, Brian Tobin, and Allan Rock have all ruled out a bid.