Someone seems to have a name recognition problem

2016-06-17

You know you are in trouble when no one, not even the media, knows who you are…and call you someone else, confusing you with a bloke.

The wheels are coming off Vic Crone’s campaign too.

Former fixer Joe Davis has been given the arse-card due to extremely poor deliverables and a lack of communication. Policy analysts who were working with the Crone camp before Christmas have quietly disappeared fearing reputational damage. Money has dried up or not arrived, with the initial $50,000 in donations disappearing for no apparent gain. Sean Topham, the former Young Nats president, has decamped to the US to help Hillary Clinton’s campaign. That leaving Josh Beddell, who is a nice guy but is so wet that he is never going to set anything on fire – let alone the world. 

Money for campaigns is a real issue in Auckland. Phil Goff can’t get donors to open their wallets as they think he will win without their money, and they are telling Vic Crone that she is a flake and can’t win so the wallets stay shut there. It seems no one is interested in her “conversations”. John Palino is getting the same message: you can’t win so no money.

Ironically, there are rumours of two polls in Auckland. One, believed to be for Phil Goff, shows him in front with around 35%, and Crone and Palino a distant but equal second. The second poll seems to be on name recognition. Goff leads that, as he should, while John Palino is a creditable second with 65% recognition. Vic Crone has only 35% recognition, which explains why even Radio NZ can’t recognise her.

Word has it that Vic Crone hasn’t even polled at all.

The architect of this disaster, Michelle Boag, is nowhere to be seen and it is reported that, when confronted recently at a party of the well connected, she simply turned on her heels and walked away. There is real anger now amongst the centre-right for the Boag/Kaye/Goldsmith disaster. It is too late to salvage anything and I hope that National is proud of their immense cock up.

Their stupidity has likely handed the left-wing a significant victory in Auckland.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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