National Party Selection Update: Coromandel

Rumours of a high profile party official running in Coromandel are true, with long time Whaleoil friend and former regional chair and party board member Scott Simpson putting his name forward. Word through from the tip line suggests Scott was badly bruised in Rodney, and has decided that with the removal of regional delegates from Rodney he is trying somewhere else.

iPredict seems to know something, with Scott being sold down to 7 cents.

Others in Coromandel are Heather Tanner (a school teacher, FFS!), Megan Campbell and Brian Sharp (architect and former TCDC councillor). A detailed post will follow when more information is know about all of these, with the early word out of the electorate that sitting MP Sandra Goudie seems to be heavily involved.

Knowing Sandra, this could be a positive or a negative depending on which side of bed Sandra has got out of on any given day. The smart money is favouring Sandra staying in bed, and probably in bed somewhere on the other side of the world until after selection.

The tipline has also run hot with the calls about National’s campaign training day on Saturday. Someone needs to be held to account for the disconnect between selection and campaign training, as there are still many seats without candidates. This blog has pointed out that the President and the Campaign Manager have been negligent in not having selection complete by now. Labour have had their candidates ready for months and it is not as if it is a surprise there is going to be an election in 2011.

On a positive note the campaign day includes Hekia Parata talking about running a strong campaign, based on her success in the Mana by-election. This blog is predicting Hekia will win the seat of Mana on November the 26th, especially as Kris McFa’afoi appears to be MIA cleaning up his own domestic issues.


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