Blood was running hot last night during the General Election in Calgary.
When Naheed Nenshi was announced as re-elected shortly before midnight, not all who were following along were excited about the incumbent starting his third term.
- Flames quit negotiations with the city, end pursuit of new arena in Calgary
- Naheed Nenshi re-elected Mayor of Calgary in 2017 General Election
- New Flames arena deal dead, team's future in Calgary is in question
One of the less-than-enthused was Sean Kelso, the director of communications and media relations for the Calgary Flames.
Kelso tweeted shortly after the announcement was made on Monday night: “I can’t believe it YYC. Having @nenshi as mayor is worse than @realDonaldTrump being president #arrogant #bracefordisaster #outoftouch”
Kelso deleted the tweet a few minutes after publishing, but that was enough time for it to be noticed by media outlets.
This was not the first time on Election Day that Flames staff has expressed their political views, with Gordon Norrie, vice president of sports property sales and marketing at Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, urging voters to get out and “Cast your vote for change!”
A great day for change! Cast your vote today for change! @TeamBillSmith pic.twitter.com/k75RnYvo3X
— Gordon Norrie (@CalgaryFlamesVP) October 16, 2017
It has been no secret that the city and the Flames have been in a tiff over the new arena proposal, with neither side coming to an agreement over whose pockets the more than $500 million will be coming out of.
What will come of the Flames’ home ice is still in the air now that Nenshi has been re-elected, with rumour that the team could uproot and move to Seattle, though many are hoping that it was just a bluff designed to use the then upcoming – though now past – election as an arm-twisting opportunity.
The Seattle Flames? That ain’t right.