Politically rank Christine Rankin won’t rank in Epsom


via Stuff

Tell her she’s dreamin’

Conservative Party candidate Christine Rankin has “no chance” of winning the high-profile Epsom seat in next month’s election, Prime Minister John Key says.

The former Work and Income NZ boss, who is the party’s chief executive, announced yesterday that she would stand for the Conservatives in the electorate.

But Mr Key has already signalled that National voters in Epsom should give their electorate vote to Act Party candidate David Seymour.

The signal has gone out very clearly: ?every vote for the Conservative Party is a wasted vote. ?And in Epsom, they are both the most experienced and savvy tactical voters in the country. ?

Ms Rankin, however, is confident she will win, and has no concerns over splitting the right vote.

In announcing her candidacy yesterday, she took a swipe at the National-Act deal, saying that Epsom voters have “integrity”.

“They don’t have to be told what to do. They’re not dummies.”

Mr Key has ruled out a deal with the Conservatives, meaning it would have to gain at least 5 per cent of the party vote to enter Parliament — a feat that Act does not have to achieve.

Mrs Rankin came out swinging for a National-led Government, which could be seen as a pitch to David Seymour voters.

“National needs the Conservatives to give them a backbone, and keep them on a short leash,” she said.

She denied she was trying to win votes off Mr Seymour, saying she was “not interested in Act”.

Mrs Rankin said internal polling showed the electorate was socially conservative, with drug and alcohol policy being the biggest concern. She wanted the drinking age returned to 20, and a total ban on so-called legal highs.

Well, we all know how much we can trust the Conservative Party’s own polling.

It’s a bit harsh to say, but Rankin is even less relevant than the Internet Party. ?Let’s move on, shall we?