David Lewis

A Strange Article about Victoria Crone’s Campaign

Political backroom operators from across the political spectrum get on pretty well. Good professionals keep the back-channels open, partly out of mutual respect for their backroom opponents, partly because there are so few good people who are any good at campaigning and they like to talk to others even if they are opponents, and partly because it is important to be able to exchange information and stop stupid stuff from happening on the campaign trail.

So I wasn’t surprised when I got a call from a Labour person close to Phil Goff asking me about the NBR article on Victoria Crone’s campaign. Part of it was a fishing expedition for information, and part of it was because Goff’s team have been laughing themselves silly at every move Crone makes and wanted to make sure they weren’t underestimating their opponents.

The article itself was strange because experienced campaigners know that they should never be in the media. Their job is to get the candidate in the media, not get attention themselves. Yet the article is all about Joe Davis, who has given himself the title “Campaign Director”. There is a rule in politics, adhered to by all the backroom operators worth paying, that campaigners who want profile should be running themselves, not running other people’s campaigns.

Although it appears Auckland Future is still pondering this question – its website is entirely silent on the issue – Mr Davis tells NBR he made up his mind a month ago to throw in with Ms Crone.

“During the Christmas holidays Vic approached me and asked if I’d consider leading the campaign for her, which I was obviously thrilled to be able to do,” he says.   Read more »

Who is running Phil Goff? Ctd



The other week we started pulling off the covers of people secretly working away pulling the strings of Auckland Mayoral candidate and Labour MP Phil Goff.

If there was a credible right wing candidate the lefties would be running amok trying to see who was pulling the strings. It’s only fair then that the good people of Auckland know who is behind Phil Goff’s campaign to head up the largest city in New Zealand.

Aside from the obvious issue of taxpayer funding his campaigning under the guise of Labour’s Spokesperson for… Auckland issues (check out his Facebook page below), Aucklanders should know who is potentially pulling the strings of the man the Media Party are pimping for Mayor.   Read more »

Who is running Phil Goff?

It’s about time the covers are pulled off the people secretly working away pulling the strings of Auckland Mayoral candidate and Labour MP Phil Goff.

These people would prefer to stay in the shadows, but I’m sure Nicky Hagar would be supportive of more sunlight on the activities of the left.

Let’s have a look at his chief spin merchant and campaign manager for starters.

David Lewis is his name.

Many will know he ran Len Brown’s hit squad when Lenny’s little dalliances with Bevan Chuang became public. Len’s other political operatives like Phil Wilson, Glyn Jones, James Bews-Hair and Conor Roberts all battled between themselves about how to spin the Mayor’s rooting.

Lewis was brought in to tidy up the splattered mess, but by then it was too late, the Mayor was spent. He even sent an abusive text to Radio Live’s Duncan Garner: “Kckn hell Duncan. You’re feeding utter fckn bullshit” in an attempt to kill media interest in Len’s affair.

Then there were the attacks and threatening texts to Bevan Chuang that had all the hallmarks of a dark-arts practitioner. Lewis denied the text was from him, but not the spin, nastiness or smearing that came out of the Mayoral office during this time.   Read more »

Bews-Hair vs Lewis – trouble in the Town Hall

As Labour’s next train wreck draws ever closer, here’s an angle that is worth keeping an eye on – a simmering, but growing feud between Auckland-based veteran political operatives, David Lewis and James Bews-Hair.

These two go back to the early-90s. They were on different sides of the broad church back then – Lewis a Clark loyalist and Bews-Hair donkey-deep with the likes of Phil Quin in the dirty tricks of the Moore/Goff camp. Despite this, they have always been as thick as thieves – until now that is.

I’m told things started to turn sour during the fallout from the Brown affair.

While Bews-Hair was quietly knifing people in the shadows, Lewis was strutting his prowess anywhere that would print it. To make it worse, Lewis promptly cut Brown adrift, whereas Bews-Hair continues to do his dirty work for him. Now things are about to get really nasty.

Labour will soon need a new leader, and just like the old days Lewis and Bews-Hair are going to be on different sides.   Read more »

Who is the mystery texter?

People keep on asking who the mystery texter was/is.

It doesn’t take long to get down to just two suspects, despite the ludicrous attempts by the left wing media and Len Brown’s spin to suggest otherwise.

The timeline makes the numbers who knew very small indeed.

I posted about “asian beauties” and just 30 minutes later the text threats started flowing.

So who could have/could have known at that point.

From my side, only Stephen Cook and myself…and it wasn’t us.   Read more »

Inside the Town Hall Bunker – The spin doctors fight

All is not well in the Mayor’s office.

As I’ve highlighted for months there has been a division within Len Brown’s office – between his closest political staffers.

For some time it had been Phil Wilson and Glyn Jones vs James Bews-Hair & Conor Roberts. Roberts had had enough so went off to Telecom via Todd property.

Throughout that time David Lewis was contracted to Len for various spin duties (while having limited other clients). Lewis chose to mostly keep out of the inner office workings mostly because he didn’t exactly get excited about the somewhat ‘provincial’ and ‘amateurish’ way Wilson ran the office and any conflict within it.

Then along came the sex scandal that engulfed the office and Lewis, being a fixer and spin doctor of phenomenal pedigree, was thrust into the workings of Len’s office.

It really is no surprise that a man who believes a spin doctor is never the story, always the client, would now be using a puff piece on himself to create some distance from Len.

Word has it that Lewis and Bews-Hair agreed with one appropriate way to manage the Len ‘situation’ while Wilson and Jones had another.  Read more »

Which of these is not like the other? [POLL]

One of these is not like the other. Who do you think it is?

  • David Lewis (61%, 177 Votes)
  • Glyn Jones (21%, 61 Votes)
  • Phil Wilson (18%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 292

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Protecting Brand Lewis, the spinner spins

David Lewis has suffered an interview with Michelle Hewitson…probably because his boss is still huddled under his desk afraid of his own shadow.

In his interview he continues to lay down the smears…but this time it is recorded and in a paper. He has lied, he knows he has lied and it will haunt him now because the words are his.

He knows, if not where the bodies are buried, what the bodies have been up to, and with whom. A senior political journalist said that he is the closest we have to a Malcolm Tucker, the sweary and powerful spin doctor from The Thick of It. “Except without the swearing and the power.” I told him this and he said: “It’s a good programme.” Does he take that as a compliment? “Ha, ha, It’s a very good programme.”

He sent a very sweary text message to RadioLive’s Duncan Garner: “Fckn hell Duncan. You’re feeding utter fckn bullshit.”

Garner, of course, put this on the station’s website. I was amazed he’d sent it. He appeared to have lost his cool, which is considerable and considered. He said: “We’ve sent blokey texts to each other for years … So I thought that I could send a text like that to Duncy and he’d understand.”  Read more »

How about these rules Len? Do these apply to you?

Under Section 41.4 of the Local Goverment Act, Len Brown was a JP during the time he conducted certain activities which he has neither confirmed nor denied, apart from the admittance of the affair itself.


Len Brown says that the council code of ethics and code of conduct don’t apply to him? he thinks he is above every other mayor, councillor and community board member in the land in ignoring the code of conduct.

Well how about he explains his ethics and conduct to the Royal Federation of NZ Justices.

The good news about this approach is that the defensive shield he tries to use “private life” is null and void.   Read more »

Limits to muckraking?

Is Len Brown serious…he wants limits to muckraking?

So, Len Brown wants limits on how much of his dirty, scummy, ratbag life can be revealed to the public. Makes no mention of limiting his dirty, scummy, ratbag habits, just that of people to expose them.

The mayor of Auckland says there doesn’t seem to be any limit to some people delving into the private lives of public figures.

Len Brown’s in the middle of the aftermath of sleazy revelations of an affair with a 32 year-old woman.

The Council CEO is carrying out an audit into Mr Brown’s expenditure to confirm his claim he spent no public money on his private life.

Len Brown told Radio Tarana no public figure is perfect.

“No excuse for what’s happened which I have acknowledged but what that does say is there’s got to be some limits here and presently there seems to be no limit.”

But he says it’s time to move on.

“And so I think it’s critical that having gone through what I went through in terms of my private life last week that we get on with the public life of the business of Auckland.”

No Len Brown, there is no limit…if you carry on behaviour that wrecked your first marriage, not to mention the marriage of the woman you carried on with, if you think it is ok to cheat on your missus, give references to your mistress, appoint her to boards, treat the town hall as your personal bordello, entertain your mistress in free or cheaper accommodation booked off the back of your position as mayor…not to mention additional contracts and everything else that is coming under the spotlight …deserves to be swept under the carpet and well have to “move on” then there is something seriously wrong in your thought processes.

This is not a private matter as you keep claiming, as soon as you issued a reference for your mistress and appointed her to a job and run one up her in the town hall it became public. If it is such a private matter why the spin doctors dealing with it? …we pay for those via our rates…why are they dealing with a private matter?

It isn’t going away and you may have David Lewis feeding you the lines that worked so well for Helen Clark but we are not going to move on….it is you who should move on.

Still playing the blame game, look in the middle you sad pathetic little man. The only person to blame is you. Leave now while you still have some dignity….oh scratch that…you want to play it this way so be it.

There won’t be any limits while you sit int he big chair…I don’t do limits.