Herald plays follow the leader in outing ratbag pollies

The NZ Herald “decent journalists, trained and skilled” are back playing follow the leader and today highlight a ratbag local body politician that featured here a few days ago.

Some candidates running in the local body Auckland elections are altering their names in a bid to get votes.

One woman has changed her surname – adding a hyphenated version – that has bumped her up several places on the alphabetically ordered ballot form. 

Cheryl Brown-Talamaivao wants a place on the Henderson-Massey local board. She has campaigned twice before, unsuccessfully. This time she added her great-grandfather’s surname to make sure voters would take notice, putting her sixth instead of second to last out of 28 names.

Ms Brown-Talamaivao said the move was a strategic one, as she felt many people tended to vote for candidates listed near the top and disregarded those near the end.

“I just don’t think it’s fair the names are listed alphabetically,” she said. “This is just being smart and working to this system.”

Ratbags are as Ratbags do I guess. Why didn’t the Herald mention this particular ratbag is a Labour party ratbag?

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