It is my rule in politics to never hug a corpse…at least not publicly. People should keep their political necrophilia behind closed doors.
What a dumb move from a National Party officeholder to enthusiastically hug a rotting corpse, especially one who disgraced themselves and got the DCM from the highest levels of the party.
It is a great pity that Claudette has withdrawn her candidature, she is a fine person, extremely able and has done very well during her short time in the house.
Additionally Claudette has demonstrated very ably that National’s philosophies and support for individual responsibility and private enterprise are widely supported.
Haere Ra Claudette, all the very best for the future.