Vic Crone launched her campaign 10 days before Christmas last year.
The basic premise in politics about launching early, and why Phil Goff did as well, is to try to blow other contenders out of the water. In Goff’s case it was so they could fake out Len Brown, but he already had the message…almost all of his staff and his former campaign team are all working for Phil Goff.
So what was Vic Crone trying to achieve? Knocking out other centre-right candidates? Well Mark Thomas, Stephen Berry and John Palino didn’t get that memo.
Was it about getting her policy out early? Nope, not that either…she isn’t releasing any policy until April.
How about filling the dead air in media over the holidays with her amazing thoughts over what she could do to solve the ills of Auckland? Nope, failed on that one. Instead she decamped from New Zealand and went on an overseas holiday, then returned to sit at her beach house at Muriwai and remained utterly silent.
In February she quietly recruited the genius National party strategist who oversaw the stunning win in the Northland by-election…oh hang on…Jo de Joux lost that race. This is the woman who de-friended every single National party contact on Facebook…disliked by most, and friends only with Steven Joyce.
All brilliant stuff for someone launching early. Read more »