Another head on a pike for ‘Vlad’ Newman

Auckland’s most formidable campaigner, Councillor Daniel ‘Vlad’ Newman took another Labour party head in the Manurewa Local Board by election.

Vlad’s ticket, Manurewa Action Team, ran Dave Pizzini, a former local cop and highly regarded local candidate. Labour ran Brooke Loader, who was head girl of Manurewa High School and is a local lawyer, who was unable to compete with the formidable Manurewa Action Team machine and ended up losing by a huge margin for a local-board election.  

As usual, Vlad Newman destroys his opponents.

There is little point in running a Labour candidate in Manurewa, which makes you wonder how left-wing candidates can win in blue areas like Albany and North Shore, and what Vlad would do to them if given the opportunity to expand out of South Auckland.

This highlights a good point that shows the National party lost a formidable campaigner when head office intervened to keep Vlad out of the race in Hunua. He has demonstrated time and time again how to win in South Auckland, but the National party refuse to ackowledge his proven skills.

Meanwhile they spend considerable time, effort and money in a failed ticket that just lost the only seat they won at the last local-body elections.

Instead of clowning around they should get serious and start investing in Daniel Newman, who is a proven winner and strategist.

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