Apparently John Tamihere is going to stand in Waitakere for Labour…even though he denied it when I asked him about the rumours last Thursday.
If it is true I’d whole-heartedly support his return to parliament and give the voters of Waitakere a good and proper right wing candidate to vote for. Though there are rumours that there may be another party involved rather than Labour.
Of course there will be a shit fight with the union heavies who will be backing the Septic Tank.
John Tamihere is understood to be eyeing a return to Parliament in 2014 – almost a decade after his former leader Helen Clark said he faced “a very long route to redemption” for an outburst in which he called females “front bums” and was dismissive of the Holocaust.
Sources said Mr Tamihere had joined the Labour Party again and was sounding out the hierarchy about standing.
Mr Tamihere would not comment yesterday, saying it was too early to speculate.
However, he is understood to be considering standing in the most marginal seat in the country: Waitakere.
That would pit him against Social Development Minister Paula Bennett but he could have to fight for selection with Carmel Sepuloni, who lost by just nine votes to Ms Bennett last year.
Ms Sepuloni said yesterday that there was “a good chance” she would stand again.