But as they scrambled to shore up their left flank in time for the election in eight months, the Liberals found themselves forced to defend embattled campaign director Don Guy.
Guy wrote a bullying email Wednesday to a Queen's Park reporter, using profanity in criticizing her coverage of the Liberals.
He ducked reporters here, slipping into the meeting through a side door, but later said in an email to the Toronto Star that he sent a note to the reporter saying, "I regret the exchange."
McGuinty indicated he had no plans to reprimand his former chief of staff.
But NDP Leader Howard Hampton lamented the "vicious attack against a woman journalist."
"The premier's got to set some standards. You can't go around viciously attacking everyone who disagrees with you," he said.
Progressive Conservative MPP Tim Hudak (Erie-Lincoln) said "some discipline should take place" for the intimidating tactic.
I don't think it's unfair to suggest that, had a Mike Harris staffer sworn at a reporter, it would have merited a separate headline. In fairness to the Star, this is the only reference to this incident I have seen thus far, but I will keep an eye out. (And if anyone has seen any, please let me know.)