Clayton Cosgrove as the paid up president of the ABC (Anyone But Cunliffe) team has said that Shane Jones leaving is like the Crussaders losing Richie McCaw.
Those comments must be super-calculated to get out, to cause maximum damage to Cunliffe.
List MP Clayton Cosgrove, a close friend of Jones, said he was “gutted” his mate was leaving and admitted it would hurt the party five months out from the September 20 election.
The pair have been close for several years. Both came from business backgrounds before joining politics and had worked closely together on many issues, latterly Labour’s attack on supermarkets.
“I am gutted he’s going. He will leave a massive hole in our movement because he had such an appeal,” Cosgrove said.
But he said he respected the call Jones had made.
Cosgrove would not comment on whether he was aware of Jones’ move beforehand but conceded the resignation would not help Labour.
“It definitely takes away one of our big hitters. Shane was like a ballistic cannon when he fired. When you lose anybody that’s a talented bloke … it would be like losing Richie McCaw from the Crusaders. It makes your job a bit tougher.” Â Read more »