Norris goes from hero to zero

Front runner in the Race to the Aras has suffered an effectively fatal blow to his campaign with the news that he wrote  a letter to an Israeli court pleading for clemency for his former partner who was awaiting sentencing having been found guilty of statutory rape of a 15 year old Palestinian boy. The letter was written on Seanad headed note paper. A number of prominent members of his election team have already resigned and the Senator has conceded that his chances at even gaining a nomination would now appear to be very “slim.” Is it now a head to head race between Michael D Higgins and Gay Mitchell, or can another runner emerge to seize the moment and succeed from the score and one year reign of the Marys?