Seven good reasons why Len Brown should resign

Word has it that Len Brown has agreed to resign, but in a fit of pique and spite he is trying to keep that decision secret so that the final results can be declared with him the winner, he will then resign and force a by-election…costing the ratepayers a further $2 million dollars in the process.

His behaviour has been shameful…his non-apology on Campbell Live, his attempts to blame everyone else for his own actions and his disgusting spin, which unfortunately the media seem to be buying in an attempt to save him really make his claims to lad the city tenuous. While his multi-million dollar council funded spin weasels are working over time to smear Bevan Chuang, smear me and defend Brown, the girl he conducted the affair with has little or no resources to counter Brown’s desperate attempts to gerrymander the result of his supposed resignation, by smearing everyone else. The man is a disgusting little bully surrounded by equally disgusting nasty spin weasels.

This behaviour wouldn’t be tolerated in any other sector. The same left wing apologists who are sticking up for Len Brown are the same ones baying for Richard Worth’s blood…for far less of a ‘crime’.

Brendan Malone blogs about the seven good reasons for Len Brown to resign:

This isn’t rocket science, and based on the facts we know so far, I think that there are at least seven good reasons why Len Brown should resign as Mayor.

ONE:
A man who is willing to disregard the most important commitment he has ever made in his life – his marriage vows – over a period of years, is probably not going to have too much trouble violating  other less important promises, like those associated with his public office. Anyone who tries to suggest that marital infidelity has no bearing on public office is living in la la land. Someone willing to engage in a calculated and ongoing violation of their marriage vows either has no problem lying when making serious and profoundly important vows, or else they have major character flaws/weaknesses that could easily be exploited with even worse outcomes if they remain in office. Either way you have a major problem here that directly impacts upon their ability to responsibly and justly execute their role in public office. 

TWO:
The affair was not a one-off moment of weakness, but an ongoing relationship that involved all sorts of calculated deception. In early 2012 Brown and Chuang were even caught in the act by a Council security guard, and at that point Len Brown thought that the game was up, yet he still didn’t confess his infidelity to his wife, or end things at that point. Instead he waited it out to see if he would get away with it, and then resumed the affair a month later after it seemed the coast was clear. It took more than another year for him to admit (last week) to his wife that he had been unfaithful to her.

THREE:
The affair took place on council property, and clearly seems to have involved incidents during paid working hours. Anyone trying to claim that this is a private matter that has no bearing on the public office Len Brown holds clearly seems to be overlooking this rather pertinent fact.

FOUR:
The affair resulted in a serious conflict of interest issue. Camille Nakhid, chairwoman of the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel which Ms Chuang was on, today told the NZ media that she did not feel that the affair was a conflict of interest because the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel is “not a moral board”. Really?! Does anyone else find it rather disturbing that a local government chairperson can’t see the obvious conflict of interest involved here?

Let me spell it out: when you have the most powerful person in local government engaged in an adulterous sexual relationship with a subordinate and member of a local board you have a serious conflict of interest. There is a huge potential for abuse of office and circumnavigating of the democratic process in order to favor the political outcomes desired by one/both of the parties, or to advance the political career of one/both of the parties. There is also the very real risk of abuse of office that could come about as a result of blackmail.

FIVE:
It’s hard to see how Len Brown will be taken seriously for the rest of his term in office with this hanging over his head. Effectively this incident weakens and cheapens the office of the Auckland Mayoralty if Len Brown remains in office. Just by way of one example; it’s hard to see how any individual or group meeting with Len Brown in the Ngati Whatua Room of the Town Hall (where Brown and Chuang were caught in a sexual act by a security guard) won’t be struggling to deal with that as a major distraction.

Whether he likes it or not, Len Brown has now created a whole lot of counterproductive and damaging baggage that will be associated with the Auckland Mayoralty until such time as he departs from the office – then, and only then, can the Auckland City Council and Mayoralty begin to move on from the negativity and harm caused by Len Brown’s actions.

SIX:
There are major public trust issues that simply cannot be overlooked here, and which will continue to pursue Len Brown until his term in office comes to an end. It’s one thing to claim that this is a private matter, but when that private matter involves a very serious breach of trust (violating your marriage vows) then it’s only natural that people will continue to have insecurities about you as a leader, or whether or not you have sufficiently resolved the issues that led to the incident in the first place so that you will not just head down this same path again, or expose the city to other even more serious risks because of your obvious weaknesses and issues in this area of your person.

The modern trend of trying to create a division between character in public office, and character in private life is simply farcical. Anyone trying to tell you that someone who has major character flaws in one area of their life is going to be immune from having these same serious character flaws manifest themselves in other areas of their life is simply deluded. Human persons are whole beings whose existences unfold and overlap into various spheres. We are not multiple beings with different traits who reside in the same body where each being moves in a different sphere without any overlap.

SEVEN:
Staying on as Mayor shows seriously misplaced priorities. Len Brown only confessed his infidelity to his wife last week, and the story only broke publicly yesterday afternoon, yet today Len Brown is back at work desperately trying to save his career as Mayor of Auckland. I’m sorry Len, but the Mayoralty is NOT what needs your time and energy right now – your wife and family do.

If your marriage and family truly is important to you, then now is not the time for spin doctoring and backroom lobbying. Now is the time to be away from the office, which was the very catalyst for the harm to your marriage and family life that you are now dealing with.

If Len Brown was truly serious when he told Campbell Live last night that: “I clearly have a challenge within my family, and it is there where I have failed dismally. And it is now there where I need to go and do some extraordinary repair work, and show my family that I am worthy of their trust and love”, then his actions need to reflect that he really means what he says here, and that this isn’t just some calculated media spin designed to save the thing he truly thinks is more important in life – the Mayoralty of Auckland.

 


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  • OhopeBeachBugger

    From what I can gather, Luigi Wewege has fucked this girl a lot harder than Len Brown did.

    • blokeintakapuna

      Not as hard as Lennie tried to fuck her… And all of Auckland…

      • andrew carrot

        Regarding the fucking-all-of-Auckland bit, I suggest we take up a collection to buy condoms for Len, so that Council cleaning costs can be halved. No longer will we require dozens of cleaners to wander around in forensic suits and face masks just to polish the table tops.

    • FredFrog

      Yeah, but Luigi hasn’t fucked all of Auckland up the arse.

    • Patrick

      Luigi Wee Wedge?
      This gets funnier all the time, what will be revealed next?

      • OhopeBeachBugger

        I think wee wedgie is going to feel some heat of his own. Classic love rat wop.

    • AnonWgtn

      Have not heard any evidence to this – more shit !
      Facts please.

      • OhopeBeachBugger

        Metaphorically, mate.

  • Col

    I was listening to the radio this morning and they were talking about Len Dorkland Brown, and as that finished an advert came on for WET and FORGET.

    • conwaycaptain

      MARVELLOUS

    • andrew carrot

      It’s a pity the competition isn’t advertising at the moment. Hearing that Asian gentleman utter that catchy line “thirty seconds…and walk away” would give me the giggles every time!

    • Planesailor

      Absolute gold! Wetting myself laughing…

      • Col

        If you wet and forget, you need a nurse, just saying.
        That was just the opening few words, and as the add went on I was pissing myself.

    • Agent BallSack

      Pity it wasnt spray and walk away

  • Sponge

    Eight – LBIAFC

  • metalnwood

    I dont like Len, he should go. I have no defense for him and if I did I wouldn’t offer it.

    Having said that I dont much buy in to the ‘on council time’ thing. I dont doubt he works huge hours as any person in that position would do. It’s not regular 9-5 job and I dont care that an hour here or there in the middle of the day is spent on personal matters when he is still working while 95% of people are at home watching tv.

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      He gets paid to do the job , though I do have similar thoughts re taking reasonable time out for personal matters, but a private hotel room would be more appropriate. I am also concerned that when he did use a hotel room, who paid for the hotel? I am guessing that Len would not want to leave a money trail for his wife to find. So did we, the rate payers, fund his Liasons?

      • opusx

        Yes… yes we did.

        • Euan Ross-Taylor

          If that can be verified, not only should he resign, but he should at the very least be required to reimburse the city for all his mis-spending of city funds, failing that he should have a case brought against him for embezzlement!

          • AnonWgtn

            Audit needed for the time Leonard was Mayor – with specific reference to his extra mural expenses.

        • Col

          So he was spending the council money, now I can see him and Banks holding hands in the park in 10 years time saying “where did we go wrong, Banks saying I got screwed by a fat German, and Len saying he got screwed.

      • SJ00

        Pressure should be on for him to prove how he paid for these rooms. Sky City or wherever it was would have payment records (cash, credit, charge, whatever). If he was hiding this from the wifey, then he wouldn’t use his own money or would have hidden it very well. If its on the council’s dime, there should be records. Show us the money Lenny.

        • Patrick

          Sky City accommodated him for free…as long as he supported their convention centre. Now wouldn’t that be a turn of events.

  • conwaycaptain

    Whose scalp next for the tepee pole and a notch on the butt of WO’s favourite rifle.

    • PM of NZ

      Dodgy Nick Smith will be next as he’s taken out the back over the HB dam.

  • hunk4hire .

    Here’s the main reason he should go; he turned the offices of city government into his personal knocking shop. He used city council property as a rendezvous for screwing the help.
    Sleazy, sleazy, sleazy………..

  • Bunswalla

    To paraphrase the message Len Brown is currently spinning:

    “I’m a lying, deceitful, cheating, duplicitous sleaze-bag.

    But I’m really good at my job.”

    • Nechtan

      And its the other guys fault, they put her up to it.

  • opusx

    I love how the MSM is putting a left versus right spin on this…this is actually a ‘I fucked a council employee on the ratepayer behind my wife and families back’ thing.

    • cows4me

      It’s all smoke and mirrors opusx, squeal long and hard that Len has been set up by the nasty right wing in the hope the useful idiots fall for it. The MSM are fucking idiots and I do hope I don’t have to watch some story on the box in the future with media presenters crying crocodile tears because Len hasn’t got something right in the super city. The pricks are making their beds, they shouldn’t be surprised if they find some crabs later on.

    • AnonWgtn

      Remember how many personal staff Len has – 24 ? I believe many of whom are pure public relations, as his so called private relations, and are well into relationships with the media personnel.

  • WT23

    You seem to forget one thing, that there are many who do not believe the little Asian social climbing whore, it is her word against his… the very precise details I mean not the affair in general. Yes he had the affair, that is not denied, and he will be dealt with at home for that indiscretion, as he should be. This woman had her own agenda and it was not just a quick role in the hay, it was for her OWN social climbing needs to get ahead without credibility or doing the hard work within the community, in other words sleeping her way to the top and I guarantee Len Brown is not the first or the last she will open her legs for to get to where she wants to get!!
    He does not need to resign, he needs to get on with running the largest city in NZ, which he was obviously doing quite well or he would not have got so many votes and she needs to crawl back under her rock.

  • dyannt

    With all the pros and cons of people’s opinions on the matter, the stand
    out issue for me is the damage this whole situation does to the
    Mayoralty of the city of Auckland, as mentioned in #5. Everyone seems
    to be focusing on Len Brown the person – how about considering the
    destruction of the mana of the role of Mayor in Auckland, in New Zealand
    and in many respects Worldwide. Len Brown’s judgement ability (or lack
    thereof) is going to be the elephant in the room whenever he appears in
    his role of Mayor. The fact that he CHOSE to indulge his sexual
    addictions on Council premises while at work indicates to me a serious
    lack of good judgement and respect for his role as Mayor. A mayor works long hours, Len could have legitimately taken an hour off to leave the Council premises.
    In my view, even if it was his wife that he was sexually active with in his office while at
    work, he would have been demeaning the Office of Mayor.

    • andrew carrot

      Ask the people of NYNY if texting photos of your cock – done privately, until publicly exposed – followed by you denying the episode affects your ability to maintain the dignity of the office you seek is appropriate behaviour. In fact, you don’t need to ask them, just look at the polls!

      • AnonWgtn

        I see that many really salacious photos, sent to each other, have not been published. —-Yet
        Ugh whilst she may look alright posing for him to see Len would be repulsive.

        • andrew carrot

          For all we know they may be floating around the internet as we speak. Everyone must now get on to their work computers and trawl the web for evidence of Len’s ego-driven depravity! It is your public duty as ratepayers and residents of Auckland (and anywhere else if you feel obliged) to perform this vital task.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    If Len Brown thinks his sordid affair wont affect his job, why then didn’t he go to the Youth Awards at Government House on Weds night!

  • Callum

    Cameron Slater: the man obsessed with dragging the right into the gutter with his brand of base level tabloid pseudo-journalism.

    Believe me Cam, I can appreciate the desire to out Len’s indiscretion. There are certainly concerns about his conduct that need to be addressed. But what I don’t get is the apparent glee you seem to garner from your continued lampooning of the situation.

    I understand that you yourself have been found guilty of having an affair so you should know the damage they can do to a family more than anyone.

    You and your little group of hard core fanatics may all be busy high fiving each other and patting each other on the back but your actions reflect badly on the National party. We are dropping in the polls. People are starting (rightly or wrongly) to think of National as the nasty party. And judging by what’s written on this site I cannot blame them.

    What’s wrong Cam? Is it because your old man lost the Mayoralty campaign? Is it because they took your house? Is it your weight, is that it? Or is it just you overall appearance? Look I can appreciate that just one of these things is enough to make anyone mad, but they’re not the end of the world. There is help out there. All you have to do is ask.
    Either way, you need to stop being so angry and nasty about everything. Its hurting the party.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    Like most people who have secret affairs, he had NO intention of telling his wife until someone said something and he tried to get in first.

    • Bunswalla

      Correct – even when a warning shot was figuratively fired across his bows (in early 2012 when the security guard sprung them in flagrante delicto), he still didn’t heed the warning.

      Carried on for another 15 or 16 months until his mistress woke up to the fact that that was as good as it was ever going to get. And 4 out of 10 in a 2-minute sprint is not really going to cut it.

  • Bryan

    he should stand down , and then Auckland Council should pickup the phone and ring either Bob Parker or Tim Shadbolt and ask them to give some temporary leadership till they can arrange a new election, Bob would be gold as he knows how to handle a crisis with calm and could be available

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      I think the deputy mayor might have a problem with that.

    • hookerphil

      Remember Bob comes with Team Maryatt

  • Callum

    Why did you remove my post Cam?
    Seems like double standards when you’re seem so happy posting things about other people.

    • SJ00

      I doubt Cam removed your post, considering he is due to be on the radio soon and I doubt he reads all the posts. I have never heard of Cam removing any posts on here, chances are it didn’t post correctly.

      • Callum

        No chances are it was removed. It posted correctly. I checked it again after posting.

        • Don’t flatter yourself

        • Agent BallSack

          I just posted and mine went missing too. The site is experiencing a lot of page hits so I am guessing multiple disqus hits per minute too.

        • Bunswalla

          This ain’t the Standard, pal. Everyone’s views are accommodated – even yours.

        • SJ00

          Well congratulations, that would be one of the first posts removed by Cam who has had all sorts of abuse directed at him through comments and he left those. Whatever you said must have been really bad.
          Post it again. I BET it won’t be deleted a second time.

        • Dave

          Callum – i am regular, never ever had a post removed, the site has a lot of traffic and some are showing as “waiting on moderation, i think its a default setting when the traffic is extreme. As per others, I seriously doubt its been removed.

          • Callum

            Ok thanks Dave. And SJ00 I have amended the message slightly (on second reading I saw that it could have been taken the wrong way by Cam).
            So we will see and hopefully that, this or all of them pop up at some stage.
            Cheers

    • Callum

      Still no sign of my post. how long do things usually take to be moderated?

  • Bub

    When Len Brown refused to disclose details of his expenses in 2010 I thought he was dishonest. What was he covering up then? Another affair?

  • Missionary

    No conspiracy here? Cam Slater, John Slater, Palino, Wewege’s FB messages to Chuang? No conspiracy? Even if it is not, it doesn’t look that great for the right does it. Get’s worse by the minute for everyone involved. And just to ensure there is balance, dopey Len wheels out his daughters (but hey, I want privacy).

    • Euan Ross-Taylor

      I will try and engage you civilly. There is no conspiracy but a developing and evolving story with many interested parties. Yes it continues to get murkier, and there are known to be spin doctors operating, so this is to be expected. And again true regarding your comments of Len allowing his daughters to comment. I just hope for their sakes that it wasn’t really motivated by their own naivety.

      • Missionary

        I wasn’t being civil? Did I upset your rose-tinted glass? Apologies.

        Yes, it is a very murky and sordid story all around – not just with the Mayor either. I know this site doesn’t have a lot of balance in the comments field but that is to be expected. But if the (far) right’s future is represented in this forum, then I really do worry that the left will just roll on in!

        However, I’m just not sold that Oil is squeaky clean in all of this. Sorry, must be my age and sense cynicism. And while I still try to look for the best in people, mob hysteria is just plain ugly.

        As for Len’s daughters, and again looking on the bright side…maybe they are just sticking up for their old man in a time of personal (and professional) crisis. Even if Len has asked for privacy so it makes it all a bit stupid in one context anyway. But, at the end of the day, that is what family and friends are for. They stick up for you when you are in the shit come hell or high water. If you don’t have that, you have nothing.

        • Euan Ross-Taylor

          Sorry, my ‘civil’ reference was not about you but about others who may have replied to you less so.

          • Missionary

            No problem…my misunderstanding.

    • SJ00

      Its not even close to a conspiracy. Lenny Pantsdown Brown has admitted he had an affair. One could argue the timing and the people involved is to maximize the damage done to Lenny, but had Bevan gone to the Herald, I bet they would have run the story. Its got nothing to do with the Right. Lenny had his old fella in Bevan, and looked after her with political favours. The conspiracy is going to involve the cover up of the facts by Lenny and his team. The disgrace is by those trying to protect him by attacking Bevan and rolling out the sad faces on his kids, and threatening those who outed the story.

    • Patrick

      Not sure if it was ever made common knowledge on WOBH just who Palino’s campaign manager was, if not then that is a shame as there was a lot of Palino spruiking going on leading up to the elections.
      As for Lecherous Len, he made that bed, now he gets to lie (in both senses of the word) in it.

      • Missionary

        My understanding it was John Slater…think that has been reported somewhere on MSM

  • steve and monique

    Yeah he should quit. Morally what he did was wrong, and his family have paid for it. He needed to remember that anyone in a position of power cant get caught doing anything that could be seen as morally, or legally corrupt, because at some stage it will bite you on the arse. Do the decent thing Mr Brown,and walk while you have some dignity left. And for god sake, if you splash and dash, have the decency to clean up your own mess.

  • Alloytoo

    Len should do the honourable thing, like Andrew Williams and enter Parliament.

    • Patrick

      Ticks a lot of the requirements for a Labour Party MP. Could probably make it a sure thing with a fraud/misappropriation of money scandal.
      That would propel him towards a leadership position

      • James

        Only if Bevan were an Asian male surely?

        • Patrick

          That remains a possibility – chick with dick perhaps? Maybe a fact finding mission is needed to confirm.
          Brown looks the sort to take it up the chuff.

        • Alfred12

          Yip, he would be a shoo in for Labour Party membership then..blood wonder it’s not a condition for membership.

    • andrew carrot

      Comment of the Week Award goes to you, Sir.

  • philbest

    It’s a funny thing, but Mayors who screw up whole cities, always with a “popular” mandate, generally have loose dicks as well. Modern urban planning fads are 90% about corruption anyway; in any other area of economic regulation the sort of zero sum wealth transfers that are created would not be tolerated. The public is frighteningly ignorant about all this; the media does nothing to enlighten them, being suckers for the racket anyway.

    I love what that Saffa TedX speaker said on that vid Cam linked to yesterday: conservationists are just as dishonest as big business with their spin and propaganda, the only difference is the conservationists get a free pass from the media.

  • Callum

    Cameron Slater: the man obsessed with dragging the right into the gutter with his brand of base level tabloid pseudo-journalism.

    Believe me Cam, I can appreciate the desire to out Len’s indiscretion. There are certainly concerns about his conduct that need to be addressed. But what I don’t get is the apparent glee you seem to garner from your continued lampooning of the situation.

    I understand that you yourself have been found guilty of having an affair so you should know the damage they can do to a family more than anyone.

    You and your group of hardcore fanatics may all be busy high fiving each other and patting each other on the back but your actions reflect badly on the National party. We are dropping in the polls. People are starting (rightly or wrongly) to think of National as the nasty party. And judging by what’s written on this site I cannot blame them.

    I know some bad things have happened to you recently and that you’re struggling with some issues. But while your desire to drag everything down may satisfy the pack of giggling hyenas that stroke your ego it is hurting a lot of people around you.

    I appreciate what you’re trying to achieve but it just illuminates the right as nasty and bitter. Perhaps its time to take some time off.

  • This_comment_was_deleted

    Eight: Because it’s not fair he won!

    ‘The Super City was made for Banksie, not Brown. We were meant to run it. That’s why it was constructed with fewer representatives and less public consultation.

    We never imagined we’d be on the outside looking in.’

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