Russel Norman has come out swinging.
In an interview with Willie Jackson at Radio Waatea he described Dotcom and his pals in the Internet Mana party as “crazies” and they crippled the Greens campaign.
Greens co-leader Russel Norman says Internet Mana was a guided missile aimed at the left.
He says he visited Kim Dotcom at the start of the year to try to convince the internet mogul not to start a political party.
The party went ahead under the leadership of former Alliance MP Laila Harre, who had worked during 2013 as the Greensâ Auckland-based issues director.
Mr Norman says dragging Mana leader Hone Harawira into the mess by convincing him to sell his first list position set the scene for disaster.
“I mean we had enough trouble with John Key standing up every day telling all his nonsense about us and on the other had we had to deal with these crazies. Having them on the radio and tv all the time talking their nonsense, it was like âOh god,â it did make it incredibly difficult to change the Government at that point because a lot of people who might have voted for Labour went âOh god, if a vote for Labour means a vote for Dotcom and Harre, Iâm not going to do that,'” he says
Mr Norman says Internet Manaâs party vote strategy was to spend $3 million trying to take votes from potential Green supporters.