UPDATE: Frank Coleman bowing out of politics

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Premier-designate Frank Coleman is bowing out of politics, leaving the PC Party and the province's political scene in shambles.

Coleman said he was resigning because of "a significant and challenging family matter."

It's been a bruising few months since Coleman jumped into politics, and quickly became the province's next premier.

He was at the centre of a controversy on abortion, and then he was tied to a controversial government paving deal, where Coleman may have personally benefited from Transportation Minister Nick McGrath's decision to let Humber Valley Paving out of a money-losing contract.

Coleman said that his family is his top priority, and he felt that the family issues meant that he couldn't fully commit to the job.

This appears to leave interim-premier Tom Marshall stuck with the job for a little while longer. Marshall had said that he was going to resign in early July, opening up a seat for Coleman to run in.

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Coleman holding news conference

Newfoundland premier-designate Frank Coleman is holding a news conference today at 2 p.m. in St. John's.

A news release today from his communications officer doesn't offer any further details. However, there are rumours that he may be stepping down from the PC leadership.

The Telegram is covering the news conference and will provide an update as soon as details are available.

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  • Patricia M
    June 17, 2014 - 00:48

    Frank Coleman is a good man. I offer him empathy for his family crisis and the best of luck. A new leader will be found. Shame to the insensitivity of some commenters today.

  • Torey Nomore
    June 16, 2014 - 19:54

    Spineless jellyfish; reason number 872,264 that I cannot vote Tory no-more. Frank got what he wanted and bailed.

  • Little Man dan
    June 16, 2014 - 19:52

    Frank had a $20M problem; Danny needed a scapegoat; they made a deal. Then Tom messed up by referring the paving contract fiasco to the AG; I guess it is a pressing family matter. Now, where do I find another bobblehead... Am I wrong...do you have a better explanation.

  • Sean Walsh
    June 16, 2014 - 19:13

    There were a few secrets concerning morals that I addressed to Mr. Marshall in April. If it became public ,which I was willing to bring forward at the right time , would have the people of NL questioning the PC leadership! I will leave it at that for the time being!

  • PC
    June 16, 2014 - 18:28

    Danny, You Busy?

    • david
      June 17, 2014 - 11:52

      Yes, he's quite busy...enriching himself and pulling strings. Congratulations, peasants.

  • John Q
    June 16, 2014 - 17:37

    Like I have previously stated. Wrong man for the job. No stones!!!! and complete inept. The PC party is one catastrophe after another. I have never seen anything like this in Nl political history. Complete embarrassment to politics.... Bring on the election so we can fix this....

    • Sam
      June 16, 2014 - 18:05

      Well said my friend. Frank Coleman had no intentions of sticking around to be leader of the opposition.

    • chris
      June 16, 2014 - 20:09

      Be careful what you wish for.

  • Sam
    June 16, 2014 - 17:29

    Will someone please inform King Danny that he's no longer needed in the backroom of the party. He's done enough damage. He should stick to watching hockey. And as for the executive of the PC party, if you allow another attempt by the backroom boys to have their way, shame on you for being so gutless. Someone should also inform McGrath that he should resign as minister. He's not smart enough realize it, so please someone take him aside an explain the reality of the situation.

  • Debbie
    June 16, 2014 - 16:56

    Omg....can get any worse for the conservatives? Any and all sitting MHA's should count themselves out for cowardice alone!! Their only hope is a white knight who is unassociated with the current administration. And yes that includes John Ottenheimer. Bring on someone fresh, smart and unencoumbered. Good luck!!

  • Helen Marion
    June 16, 2014 - 16:47

    Give me a break. Don't even THINK to take on an important public office before giving it a good long thought. This family issue just didn't erupt overnight. No way. Public Office positions are not easy, but please think before making it public that you are going to do it!

  • Helen Brown
    June 16, 2014 - 16:41

    For gods sakes - can't anyone take the reigns of this province, or a position in cabinet, and carry through before quitting or resigning - and sometimes just after you become eligible for your provincial pension. Just asking? It's a tough job - and before you sign on, or think you can sign on - think.

  • Scott
    June 16, 2014 - 16:13

    Like I keep saying, the PC's need the man the Liberal said no too, If you wanted to win the next elections.

  • david
    June 16, 2014 - 16:10

    Well played, Frank. Well played.

  • Crazy
    June 16, 2014 - 16:05

    People, Please show some respect. Mr Coleman wasn't the man for the people, neither is Dwight Ball. We need someone who can bring us into the 21 first century,

  • david
    June 16, 2014 - 15:57

    Newfie Political Lesson #4561: Never give them a multi-million $ "gift bag" as they are filling out their job application. Save such "pork" for AFTER they actually show up for work. But well played, Frank. Well played, and shame on us. Again.

  • Corporate Psycho
    June 16, 2014 - 15:32

    The PC Party will be lucky to survive this. I don't mean survive an election. I mean at all.

  • danny conway
    June 16, 2014 - 14:42

    Now keep williams nose out of it and they can win the next election

  • Disgusted
    June 16, 2014 - 14:39

    What an affront to democracy and to the good, moral people of NL. This whole crew should be ashamed of themselves, especially the ringleader. Pure control and greed. Disgusting.

  • BI
    June 16, 2014 - 14:23

    I am very surprised he hasn't gotten out sooner, the way the situations have arisenand the way he has been treated, since he put his name in the ring.

  • JackieLogans
    June 16, 2014 - 13:27

    Hey, it's a no-brainer: call him back and GIVE THE REINS TO DANNY!

  • JackieLogans
    June 16, 2014 - 13:22

    Hey, it's a no-brainer: call him back and GIVE THE REINS TO DANNY!

  • Jack
    June 16, 2014 - 13:14

    Why did Danny say he can't have it now?

  • Ambrose August
    June 16, 2014 - 12:53

    NF & L were lucky enough to have a person with morals and principals as a leader, but appear to prefer the same-old ways.

    • calvin
      June 16, 2014 - 13:39

      Good news, we do not need Shiria Laws and Dark Ages Customs in our Province.