No mates: Len Brown stands with all his supporters
When lame duck Mayor Len Brown bolted for the holidays (or was that painting the house so it could be sold?) taking what little remained of his dignity he also left behind a city that has been leaderless ever since. He claimed in the furore over his rooting, his favours, his dalliances and his spending that Aucklanders just wanted him to get on with running the city…a job he has singularly failed to do ever since he uttered those words.
Cameron Brewer notes this as well in a paywalled column at the NBR.
With all political parties and leaders set to keep their distance from Auckland Mayor Len Brown this election year, Auckland will sadly lose some real bargaining power and influence via party policies and manifestos at a critical time for the region and the economic growth cycle.
Six months ago a big part of the 2014 election looked set to be about which party could keep the Auckland Mayor the happiest. Now, political parties will be very circumspect about promoting any close association with Mr Brown or shared policy platforms for fear of it having a negative impact on their party vote nationwide. Simply put, itâ€™s no longer a good look to be seen pandering to Len Brown.
Auckland should be calling many of the shots this election year, but unfortunately gaining political accommodations for Auckland Council will be harder.
It is clear that the Labour Party has abandoned its highest-profile member and in election year looks set to keep its distance.
Only in June Labourâ€™s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford was talking up Len Brown in the House and in press releases as â€śthe popular Labour Mayor.â€ť However Labour seems to have been the ultimate fair weather friend with leader David Cunliffe cutting him completely loose since.Â Read more »