ROTHESAY, N.B.- Friday’s surprise resignation from politics by former Liberal Premier Shawn Graham has led to increased speculation that current leader Brian Gallant will seek the seat in the riding of Kent.

Gallant says he will consider running in the riding but the Moncton native hasn’t made a final decision.

Conservative Health Minister Ted Flemming tells “The Todd Veinotte Show” he doesn’t know why Gallant wouldn’t let his name stand. “The government offered him if one of his own would resign as soon as he became leader…you get the seat and the P.C.’s don’t run a candidate and he said ‘Well I don’t think so’ “, says Flemming. “My goodness, if I became leader of a party and I was looking for a seat I couldn’t get in the legislature fast enough”.

Premier David Alward hasn’t indicated if he will continue to offer to not run a candidate against Gallant.

Mount Allison University political scientist says the Kent riding has been a traditional Liberal stronghold.