"Look, we're dealing with a crude, ruthless bastard here! He's
got one half of the Zerb money pledged, and the Narloff brothers are leaning
toward his camp. He's got dirt on key people, a very good intelligence network,
and he owes us nothing. That adds up to a lot of televotes."
Arturo realized that Tarn purposefully left Meerna and Lena out of this
calculation, hoping to sound him out in some way. He preferred not to engage
in self revealing analysis at this stage, so he looked quizzically at Tarn
and said. "You mean Kronstadt's going to run for the Directorship without
the 'support' of The Nine?"
"I mean exactly that," Arturo.