Cornwall mayor: ‘I have no intention of resigning’

Cornwall Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy, right, signs some documents with CFO Maureen Adams, following a council meeting June 8, 2015. The mayor addressed rumours in the community saying he has no intention of resigning. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Facing an increasing number of questions on the street, Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy decided Monday night to address the growing rumour mill about his political future.

O’Shaughnessy says he has no intention of resigning as mayor of Cornwall.

“I have never indicated to anybody that it was my intention to do so or even consider it, to do so,” the mayor stated.

I’ve been receiving a lot of phone calls…I’ve been receiving comments from people on the street asking me why. It was never an intent nor did I ever mention whether it…sincerely or in jest,” O’Shaughnessy said.

“I look forward to the next three-and-a-half years…it’s not even entered my mind for one second,” he said. “The rumours are dead….they are completely fiction.”

In an interview with Cornwall Newswatch, the mayor said he was even approached 15 minutes before Monday night’s council meeting about the resignation rumours.

“The thing that bothers me the most is that I have said to nobody that I was considering resigning or in jest. Where did it come from?” O’Shaughnessy asked rhetorically.

“Somebody seems to be able to report things that carry no validity…and it goes unchallenged,” the mayor stated.

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