As an observer in the Toronto election the news of defection from Rocco Rossi to join the Tim Hudak team isn't a shock.
His campaign was punctuated by assaults on unions, and of course plans to revive a 30 year idea to build a new highway through the city. I think his particular brand of politics was never "Liberal" and was certainly always self-serving.
As for his ability to win in Eglinton-Lawrence - he will have to bet on his ability to court uneducated, sophomoric Edge listeners. If Dean Blundell supported him, how can this be a losing bet?