James Morgan threw his hat into the Longford/Westmeath By-election ring just two and a half weeks ago.
Running as an Independent, Morgan’s ethos was ‘A Vote for Morgan is a Vote for Longford’ - and certainly he played the ‘Longford’ card to the max. Earlier he spoke to the Leader and took a swipe at Fianna Fáil’s Aengus O’Rourke by adding, “Aengus O’Rourke spoke about having shook 11,000 hands, well I don’t need to shake 11,000 hands!”
Morgan is currently in 5th position with 15% of the vote here at the count centre in Kenagh. “It has been a great achievement by me and the people of Longford have definitely endorsed me,” he added. “This has given me a very decent political platform which has a political future and I will certainly consider running in the general election in just over 18 months time.”
Despite his late entry into the race, his stance - Longford only - certainly bought him votes across the county. His total vote included over 4,000 in the county with possibly 20 or so more coming from Weatmeath. “I have been endorsed as a politician in Longford and know now that I certainly have a political future,” he said. “At this stage, it is fair to say that I will be looking at the next general election.”