Is Joe Davis Ratfucking Vic Crone?

Any decent political analyst knows that Phil Goff will become Mayor of Auckland because there are too many candidates on the right.

In an ideal world the right wing candidates would be smart enough to work together, run a defacto primary and decide who should run and win because they will all lose otherwise.

This requires goodwill between candidates. Candidates need a rapport and mutual respect to do deals, or else they will think “fuck it if I cannot win I am buggered if I will let X win”.

Which makes Mark Thomas’ Facebook challenge to Vic Crone seem as if Joe Davis’ strategy is going to ratfuck Vic Crone.

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Word in political circles is that Vic Crone has managed to totally piss off all the centre right candidates, which is why Stephen Berry withdrew and endorsed John Palino, not Vic Crone.

If Crone is sensible she will immediately ask that both Thomas and Palino are included in all debates, and use it as an opportunity to build a rapport with them, instead of alienating them.

And she needs to take Joe Davis aside and remind him that Mark Thomas could well be a delegate in the East Coast Bays selection due to his longstanding involvement in National, and sources close to Mark are saying that some utu is going to be extracted come the ECB selection.



[MOD – for those upset at the language, we understand the discomfort, but ratfucking is actually a genuine term for a political strategy.  As such, it is used in proper context.  But any comments that contain the term won’t survive.]


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  • StreuthCobber

    What’s happening with Bob Harvey these days. That’s how it’s done – left managed to get the mayors to work it out. It wasn’t Len who got the best deal. It was Bob.

    • David

      Bob is growing old gracefully out West, he is on better terms with the right these days than the left.

      • biscuit barrel

        Gracefully ? didnt know it was in his vocab

        • David

          I was being polite… its all comparative

          • How about “sedately”? :)

          • David

            Ha ha, yes… I could have chosen my words more wisely

  • one for the road

    Looks like precious Vic is shooting herself in both feet (simultaneously) while watching the rat…

  • Gladwin

    Crone and her backers are very irritating. Why has there not been coordination to select a suitable right wing candidate that we can all get behind? A vote for Phil is effectively a vote for Len who are not acting in the interests of ratepayers.
    Needless to say I won’t be voting for either of these inappropriate people.

  • Uncle Bully

    Since when has Vic Crone been a right wing candidate?
    I assumed, given her recent involvement with Ardern and Labour’s conference and their Future of Work policies, that she was clearly a left leaning candidate.
    What makes anyone think she’s on the right side of the spectrum?

    • Gladwin

      How about Nikki Kaye. Paul Goldsmith & Michelle Boag as ‘backers’

      • localnews

        And Penny Bright as a legal advisor!

      • Wet, Dry and Rancid, the three amigos.

        • Gladwin

          Yeah Rancid is a good description