Lame Duck Hunting season started today

One News reports

A small group of protesters has chased Auckland Mayor Len Brown down the street outside council, amid mounting pressure for the embattled mayor to call it quits.

Around 12 protesters shouted at the mayor as he left the council building today, calling on him to resign.

The group chanted “It’s not okay to root in the mayoral office,” and “Shame shame shame,”.

As the mayor drove away, they chased his car on foot.

It comes after the country’s largest newspaper, the New Zealand Herald, has this morning published a front page editorial calling for Mr Brown to resign.

Mr Brown has been in the spotlight since his two year extra marital affair with 32-year-old council advisory board member Bevan Chuang was revealed in October.

The main stream media finally on board with this then huh?  No more parental tut-tut-ing, calling it sleaze and traying to marginalise this as some sort of blog driven vendetta?

We’re all on the same page at last – I have been consistent in claiming that Len Brown is unfit to be a mayor (or pretty much anything else, by now) for reasons involving possible corruption.  There have been huge trust issues from day one.  

[The EY report]  found the mayor received nine complimentary hotel rooms that have not been registered as gifts or disclosed in his annual declaration of interests. The value of the complimentary hotel rooms was $6130. There were also some questions raised about calls and texts made to Ms Chuang from the mayor’s council mobile.

Mr Brown said the free hotel rooms were mostly used by him and his family and he accepted that he should not have used them.

Mostly.

What is left unsaid is those rooms were also used by Len for activities where it didn’t involve his family.

There is so much more to this story that the EY report simply can’t report on because it lies outside the terms of reference.

It goes on to say that although the report cleared up some issues there were still many questions unanswered.

“Not least in relation to the reference for a job at the Auckland Art Gallery that he provided for Ms Chuang, and his trip to Hong Kong. There is also the foolishness of his free night and upgrades at Sky City while he was advocating the national convention-centre deal,” it read.

The mayor will be officially censured by his council tomorrow and the editorial says this could compromise the Super City governance.

“As it stands, if Mr Brown stays he will be constrained by any council oversight committee. He is referred to widely and accurately as a lame duck”.

Most people can see that Len Brown is the Mayor for ALL of Len Brown.

Being chased, laughed at, jeered… this is the beginning, not the end.

Just imagine Len Brown turning up to the annual City Missions Christmas Lunch.  He will think that people’s sense of occasion will keep them from blocking him, but instead he’ll manage to turn something good into another circus.

As I’ve said from Day One:  Stand Down Len Brown.

Quack.  Quick.


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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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