As is now expected from selections in the Lower North Island¬†there is no skulduggery going on, which makes this blog¬†question the National Party in Auckland.
Going back to normal practice, this blog will not be¬†endorsing any candidate as the delegates can be relied on to¬†select the right person for the seat and to beat Chris¬†Hipkins who¬†is very vulnerable. Why Andrew Little did not run in Rimutaka in 2008 is incomprehensible, and probably shows he¬†does not have the ruthlessness to make it to Labour Leader.
This will be compounded by his failure to fundraise leaving¬†Labour broke in the run up to the election.
The candidates seeking selection are Alastair Scott and¬†Jonathan Fletcher. Alastair did not end up¬†challenging¬†sitting MP John Hayes in Wairarapa.
Very personable, capable guy who will do well on the¬†campaign trail if selected.
- Very good with people
- Understands social media
- Good public speaker
- A little young and¬†hasn’t¬†build a strong career yet
- Maybe not the profile in the electorate that could help¬†win it
Proven track record internationally in finance, working in¬†NZ, UK and Japan. Owns a massive winery north of Masterton.
- very successful overseas in a very tough market
- could help National’s financial team if he makes it into¬†caucus
- Not the most natural at pressing the flesh
- Not the strongest public speaker
- Not the most connected person to the Rimutaka electorate
- Made a poor decision to talk up challenging a sitting MP¬†rather than ambushing him at the last minute
Anyone from National has a good chance of winning just based¬†on the current poll numbers. This was a seat with a margin¬†of 753 in 2008, and the campaign for National was messed up¬†by an interfering, unpleasant harridan of a regional chair¬†who could well have cost National the seat. Hopefully she¬†will be in purgatory rather than on the campaign team in¬†2011.
As always candidates are welcome to send materials through¬†which will be published unedited. Delegates or interested¬†parties should email tipline[at]whaleoil.co.nz with¬†information.