Minor Losers, Ctd – Clayton Cosgrove


Clayton Cosgrove’s career is all but over, even if he hasn’t realised it yet.

Despite a lifetime of trying to emulate Mike Moore he has succeeded only as matching his girth.

He got out muscled for the nomination in Christchurch East, then Christchurch Central, then he managed to lose in Waimakariri.   

And he lost relatively badly firstly to Kate Wilkinson and then to an inept National candidate, Matt Doocey.

All this despite de-branding from labour during the campaign.

Word from Labour sources in Christchurch is that Cosgrove has already been sniffing around the safe Labour seat of Christchurch Central, but he has had his ample arse kicked by the factional organisers in Christchurch so he knows he won’t win the nomination there.

Cosgrove was so much on the outer with the new leadership he was unranked, and sources inside Labour’s caucus say that there is no way in hell he will ever be a minister again because he will not be able to muster the votes in caucus to win a place in the cabinet.

So Cosgrove is a minor loser on multiple grounds, and he really should be considering his future.

Not only that his plugs are starting to fade out again.

Perhaps he can give Phillip Smith a call, he’s not using his hair-piece anymore.

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