Mike ‘Fat Tony’ Williams has been having a blinder these past few weeks.
Of course, he has been helped by the stupidity of Hawkes Bay local body candidates or outgoing mayors.
It’s obvious that the retiring Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor, Peter Butler, doesn’t read my weekly musings in Hawke’s Bay Today.
Had he bothered to do so he would have known that a powerful factor in local election success is name recognition.
Not long ago there was reference to the fact that when voters are confronted with long lists of candidates they will very often opt for a name they know.
Peter Butler’s attempt to make sitting regional councillor Tom Belford reveal his email and telephone records for a 17day period last month amounts to a timely and very valuable gift to Councillor Belford.
It put him on the front page of Hawke’s Bay Today just when the Hawke’s Bay electors are filling in their voting papers.
It’s hard to comprehend what possessed Mayor Butler.
His “official request” for Tom Belford’s telephone and email traffic was never going to be fulfilled before the local polls closed and even if this showed Mr Belford communicated with all of the people and organisations on Butler’s list, who cares?
It would only demonstrate that Councillor Belford was doing his job.
Peter Butler would not comment on why he had requested the information. We can only suppose that he’s a secret supporter of Tom Belford.
The Hawke’s Bay local elections are more interesting than those going on in Auckland.