1. Why have you taken a break from column-writing?
My father died two weeks ago and I had to take charge of the wake and burial, being the eldest. I had to deal with everything -- from the mortuary to the car that would pick up my siblings at the airport to always being there with my mother, who is quiet and noble in her grief.
2. Are you running under the Liberal Party?
I do not know. All I know is that I am running for senator in the 2010 elections with a big political party.
3. Why not independent?
Been there, been that. People will promise you funds, warm bodies, watchers. But when push comes to shove, you are all alone, with only a few of your most loyal campaign volunteers.
4. When will you declare?
My political party of choice has told me to wait it out while it finalizes a possible coalition with another party. We will declare before November 20, the first day of filing of certificates of candidacy. We will declare as one, solid group.
5. Aren't you afraid of your competitors for the Senate who already have TV ads?
No. I think they need those TV ads to catch up with me.