Are councillors abandoning the Pants Down Mayor?

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The Herald headline says that Penny Hulse is refusing to publicly back the mayor in a signal that he may well be in trouble.

Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse is refusing to back her boss as councillors gather today to publicly censure Mayor Len Brown, whose extramarital affair has left him fighting for political survival.

Ms Hulse yesterday would not say if she backed Mr Brown to stay on as mayor, only that councillors were focused on doing what was best for Auckland.

She said councillors had clearly expressed to him the disappointment and concern about the reputational damage to Auckland arising from his behaviour and were left wondering how to address matters.

It was the second time in three days that Ms Hulse – Mr Brown’s deputy for three years – has not stood by him as he battles the fallout of a two-year affair with Bevan Chuang.

This includes the EY (Ernst & Young) review that found he failed to declare more than $39,000 in free hotel rooms and upgrades, a censure and a no confidence motion today and a Herald editorial calling on Mr Brown to go.

For the Herald to call for him to go they must be aware of more information that is going to come out.

This death by a thousand cuts now.

The fact that Len Brown has lied, and continues to lie about what has gone on while he played hide the sausage at all times of the day and night means this will continue to be death by a thousand cuts.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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