The former tart cart, retired from service now
Paula Bennett is being very, very presumptive. She has told Colin Craig to bugger off because she wants to shed her westie routes and represent the petite bourgeoisie of Upper Harbour.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has seen off moves to hand Conservatives leader Colin Craig a free run in a new Auckland seat, turning the spotlight on her veteran Cabinet colleague Murray McCully to fall on his sword.
Bennett was quick to throw her hat in the ring for the newly created Upper Harbour seat, after the release of draft boundaries showed her Waitakere seat would be carved up and cease to exist.
“If the draft changes do go ahead, I would like to make clear my intention to seek the nomination for the new Upper Harbour electorate,” she said.
In a clear signal to Mr Craig not to stand there, she pointed to powerful supporters including Prime Minister John Key.
“I have the full backing of the party and the prime minister to make my statement.”
Paula needs to be clear. Is she expecting a coronation or is she expecting to be gifted the National nomination in Upper Harbour by divine right?
The National Party needs to follow its constitution in setting up a new electorate committee, and setting up a selection process that follows the Party constitution.
No dodgy presumptive electorate chair can appoint his chosen candidate by diktat.