Cunliffe’s wife writes new chapter for dirty politics


Generally political spouses do not enter the fray. There is an unwritten rule not to go after families.

That of course changes when the families go after you.

Then the gloves come off.

As I predicted the Labour leadership spill has got real nasty, and now Karen Price, Mrs Cunliffe for those who don’t know, has entered the political fray jumping on Twitter to abuse those who oppose her husband.

The distraught wife of Labour leadership contender David Cunliffe is behind a Twitter account that anonymously took aim at his rivals and critics.

Karen Price, a high-flying environmental lawyer, is understood to have started the @TarnBabe67 account on Saturday, the day Cunliffe indicated he would resign as Labour leader.

The account first attacked a newspaper for running candid pictures of the New Lynn MP, and went on to criticise others in the media. But the worst barbs were saved for those said to be in the “Anyone But Cunliffe” leadership faction, naming his rival Grant Robertson and MPs Trevor Mallard and Clayton Cosgrove.  

It said Hutt South MP Mallard and list MP Cosgrove were “long past their use-by date”. “The jealousy of Cosgrove and Mallard knows no bounds.”

And it suggested MPs who did not back Cunliffe should be expelled from the party.

Price is known by the nickname “Tarn”, which alerted party members to the account holder’s identity. Sources said she had been under pressure and had been “distraught” since Labour lost the election, and the battle for Cunliffe’s job turned ugly.

The account was shut down last night, after contacted Cunliffe’s office. Cunliffe said he knew nothing of the account until then, and it was not authorised by his campaign.

“I have only just become aware of this Twitter account,” he said. “It has nothing to do with my campaign.

“My understanding is that it was started by a family member who wanted to defend me at a stressful time. The Twitter account was activated on September 26, and has been closed down.”

Did these people not read Dirty Politics….get a proxy to do your dirty work…sheesh.

Frankly anyone with a missus who can’t handle the jandal and gets all distraught and takes to Twitter to vent shouldn’t really be in politics. She has now just become a liability…and a political target.

These two are dumber than a sack of hammers.

I mean David Cunliffe couldn’t even acknowledge it was his missus. He had to say family member.

Can anyone imagine Bronagh Key doing this? Imagine the uproar in the media if she did.

Hell, the worst Peter Davis ever did was write snippy letters to the editor.

Once again we are seeing poor judgement from the Cunliffe household. She should stick to keeping bees, those stings heal.


– Fairfax

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