Liberals use of nude pictures against Zann a political tactic

Staff ~ Transcontinental Media
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TRURO - A provincial election has yet to be called but already the politics is getting dirty in Truro-Bible Hill.
Someone from the Liberal party's campaign team sent nude pictures of NDP candidate Lenore Zann to CBC-TV on Wednesday. The photos are from an appearance the actor made on the The L Word - an American TV melodrama about a circle of lesbian friends and lovers - in 2008.
Zann told the Truro Daily News last night it should be a non-issue.
"My career as an actor and the fact that some of my work has included nude scenes has never been a secret," she said.
"It has no bearing on my ability to represent the interests of Nova Scotians as the next MLA of Truro-Bible Hill. I understand that the Liberal party is trying to use this information as a political tactic.
"I am confident that the voters are sophisticated enough to see through this manoeuvre."
The CBC report said the Liberals justified sending the images based on the flag controversy from the summer of 2007 when Truro town council declined to raise the gay pride flag.
The news comes a day after NDP Leader Darrell Dexter announced Zann would be the party's candidate in the central Colchester riding. Zann told this paper she disclosed to the party her previous performances, including some nude work.
She suspected something like this could be raised but was surprised it came from the Liberals and of the timing.
"I do think it's very sad when a political party was obviously doing this for an effect and obviously they're doing it to try to cut down someone they're obviously afraid of right off the bat," she said. "I think it shows their
desperation."
Zann said she is not interested in slinging dirt, adding her gloves are firmly on and she wants to run a clean campaign and let the best person win.
- With THE CANADIAN PRESS files

Organizations: CBC, Truro Daily News, Truro town council

Geographic location: Truro-Bible Hill, Colchester

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  • Jack
    January 18, 2010 - 11:12

    This was nothing but dishonorable and slimy on the part of the liberals. Shame on you. Ms Zann is an actor and they're use of a nude shot of her is nothing but smarmy and underhanded. It says more than a lot about the kind of people who call the Liberal Party their own. .... This comment has been edited by a moderator.