Mayor withdraws…again, no milky residue this time

Bernard Orsman reports that under siege Mayor Len Brown has withdrawn…aren’t we sick of hearing that?…from his public appointment today:

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has pulled out of his first, post-affair public engagement at Three Kings Primary School this morning.

The Herald understands Mr Brown did not think it was appropriate to make his first public outing at a primary school where there would be a strong media contingent.

Instead, he will spend some of this morning at an induction for councillors.

Mr Brown still intends to appear in public to open a compact showhome at Ellerslie this afternoon. 

An absentee Mayor failing to front and answer questions…he has resigned by default…he needs to do it for real.

All he has done is move the venue of the circus.

Meanwhile the Auckland Council inquiry into mayor Len Brown’s extra-marital spending is being widened to look at a reference the mayor provided for his ex-mistress to help her get a job at Auckland Art Gallery.

A council spokesman said the review – announced by chief executive Doug McKay last Thursday – would probe whether Mr Brown breached the council’s code of conduct and conflicts of interest guidelines set down by the Auditor-General.

The review would also look at whether Mr Brown provided other references for his former mistress, Bevan Chuang, the spokesman said.

They should look at all contracts awarded to Ms Chuang including those given to her company. Len Brown is hopelessly compromised in all of this with plenty more to come.

If he won’t front he should quit.

Source: Bernard Orsman @ NZ Herald, additional reporting by Cam Slater

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.