The introduction of George Smitherman's new campaign manager, TDSB chair Bruce Davis, outside Smitherman's campaign HQ on The Esplanade went off without a hitch -- almost.
While a half-dozen reporters and a few cameras stood around Tuesday night waiting for CP24 to go live so Smitherman could make it official, the bedimpled Davis smiled confidently and the former deputy premier, whose eyes often dart around like those of a caged tiger, seemed fairly relaxed.
The TV light came on, Smitherman said some flattering words about his new wing man and the polished Davis was left to thrust and parry with the journos -- no sweat for a 10-year trustee who has moved up to be chair.
The only hiccup came when Davis said: "I have a pretty good feel for the issues and I'm going to support Gerard -- George -- as best as I can." A couple of reporters exchanged quizzical looks but nobody asked.
Apparently, he made the same slip Wednesday morning on CBC Radio's Metro Morning.
So who the heck is Gerard?
Yup, that Gerard -- Parkdale-High Park MP Gerard Kennedy.
Earlier, in an interview with the Star, Davis said he really first connected with Smitherman in the mid-1990s while they worked together on Kennedy's successful campaign to become York South MPP, in the by-election to replace Bob Rae.
While the frequently name-checked Gerard may have brought them together, Davis and Smitherman aren't joined at the political hip. In 1997, Smitherman ran Barbara Hall's mayoral campaign while Davis supported the winner, Mel Lastman.
If Davis starts talking about Mel Smitherman, he might not be safe letting George off the leash. Or is that Gerard?