Penny Hulse soft launches her campaign for the mayoralty

Penny Hulse has been doing most of the heavy lifting at council and has been the de facto mayor after Len Brown’s fall from grace.

She is as manipulative and devious as the mayor and has been making a soft play to take over the mayoralty. All pretence fell away yesterday as she attacked Len Brown in a bid to raise her profile.

Outgoing Auckland Mayor Len Brown is “not a team player”, his deputy says.

Brown announced on Sunday that he would not take another tilt at the Auckland leadership, conceding revelations over his extramarital affair had affected his re-election chances.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says councillors had told Brown some time ago not to contest the 2016 election.

“Some of us had to gird our loins several months ago and have a very difficult conversation with him about the fact that standing again for him was not an option,” she said.

Talking about girding loins when discussing Len Brown probably isn’t wise.

Announcing his final decision on a Sunday morning without consulting anyone first was typical of his leadership style, she said.

“I thought we should have at least been accorded the respect to have been brought round the table to talk about how he was going to make that announcement.

“Len’s just not a team player,” Hulse said.

“That’s where the energy has drained out over the last couple of years around the council table.

“For those of us who’ve held things together it’s been pretty exhausting really.

“A good leader needs to spend as much time with his troops around the table and talking about things in detail as he does out the front chairing meetings and leading.”

Brown had not necessarily done a good job of that, she said.

However Hulse praised Brown’s endless enthusiasm and passion for Auckland, particulary in the first term of the new Super City.

“I was worried that we might end up with a mayor who lost sight of the importance of community in a big amalgamation like this,” she said.

She really is a hypocrite. Penny Hulse was a Brown enabler, voting for all his rates increases, voting for all his pet projects…and now she is all bitter and trying to distance herself from the fallen Mayor.

She is a duplicitous as Phil Goff, claiming the high ground while standing in a ditch of their own making.


– Fairfax


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