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On the starting blocks

As speculation grows as to when or even if Rhodri Morgan announces his retirement, the various candidates are already lining up their campaigns.

Betsan Powys reports on her blog that two websites are already registered ready for the battle ahead. is registered to Carwyn Jones, National Assembly, Cardiff, Wales, CF99 1NA just six days ago, whilst was created and registered yesterday.

Betsan says that the administrative contact for Edwina’s site is Mark Ronconi of Business Web Marketing of Upper Killay in Swansea which is interesting because that surname also crops up in relation to a member of Andrew Davies’ staff. It is likely just to be a business relationship but it also poses the question, does that mean that the Swansea West AM is definitely not standing?

I was at an event yesterday at which Counsel General and current bookies’ favourite, Carwyn Jones was speaking. Carwyn is widely acknowledged to be a strong communicator and is considered to be the best known of all the candidates. However, as he stood up to speak I was accosted by a journalist who wanted to know who he was.

Perhaps a bit more work is needed on the public relations front.

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  1. Sparkle.Jonesie says

    Let’s be honest, you can find Huw Lewis’ campaign site at