03/29/2015 06:48 EDT | Updated 05/29/2015 05:59 EDT

Defeated Danielle Smith says sorry to reporter for text with questionable language

CALGARY - A TV reporter says Alberta's former Opposition leader has apologized for replying to a question with an angry text using language some people would find offensive.

Global reporter Vassy Kapelos (ka-PELL-ose) tweeted that she texted Danielle Smith to ask whether she would be available for an interview about her loss Saturday in the nomination contest to represent the Progressive Conservatives in the Highwood constituency.

Smith responded she wouldn't be available and that she was "leaving public life."

When the reporter asked Smith if that meant she was ruling out any other public roles, Smith's text back was only two words, followed by the reporter's name.

Smith led eight of her Wildrose colleagues across the floor to join the government last December in a stunning move that created considerable buzz among political watchers.

Kapelos tweeted that Smith later texted an apology that said she is "still not ready to do media."

Smith lost the Tory nomination in Highwood to Carrie Fischer, a town councillor in Okotoks.

Smith said after the loss that she still believes switching parties was the right thing to do and she has no regrets about crossing the floor.

She said she has no immediate plans but intends to join her parents on a trip to Mexico in May.

The Progressive Conservatives did not give a breakdown on the nomination results but said 972 people voted.