Wellington and the media are all “abuzz”
The revelation that Labour’s top adviser and Andrew Little’s chief of staff, Matt McCarten, will be stepping down from the role has opened up debate over who will be his replacement.
Mr McCarten revealed last night he will be heading up Labour’s new office in Auckland, following rumours he was to announce he was stepping down as Mr Little’s chief of staff this week.
He has told media his departure from Wellington was voluntary.
His departure opens a wide gap in the party, with a big question mark now hanging over who will replace him
It has not taken long for commentators give their two cents.
“BRING BACK HEATHER!” political commentator and NBR columnist Matthew Hooton says rather enthusiastically.
He’s talking, of course, about Helen Clark’s formidable chief of staff Heather Simpson.
“Labour is perilously low in the polls, without a chief press secretary and [the party] can’t really afford to make any more staffing mistakes.”
Labour’s chief press secretary Sarah Stuart resigned in May, citing family reasons.
Mr Hooton says the best bet for the party would be to look for a proven performer from the past and Ms Simpson, who made up one-half on the formidable H2 duo with Helen Clark, would tick all the right boxes. Read more »