Sabre-rattling George sends a message to his leader
Published 16/01/2010 | 05:00
Mild mannered Fine Gael TD George Lee was doing a bit of sabre-rattling over the weekend in advance of the new Dail session.
The former RTE star noted that he had no portfolio to speak about -- although he could not stop himself talking about the economy.
And he took on a tone of steely determination when Miriam O'Callaghan asked him on her RTE radio show if he expected to become a minister
"I'm not making any assumptions but I will tell you I won't be hanging around for a decade for anything like that unless I have an influence.
"I'm not going to waste my life," he said.
George has always denied that there was any deal done when he agreed to run for Fine Gael in an astoundingly successful by- election campaign in Dublin South last year. But even though he acknowledged that it took time to get established in the Dail, he showed his ambition to get out of the backbenches and into a ministerial office.
"I only did what I did because I felt there was a real challenge and something to fix. If I get the chance to work on fixing it, I'll work on it. If I don't, I'll find something else to do," he said.
Is Enda Kenny listening?