Where’s Cactus?

August 13th, 2010 at 10:02 pm by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Whanganui Mayor says a political agenda is behind the imminent release of his “intimate” text messages.

The claim follows a bizarre statement being released by Laws today, where he admitted a secret relationship with a woman whose life experiences were “completely different” to his.

Just wondering if anyone has seen Cactus lately?

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27 Responses to “Where’s Cactus?”

  1. reid (16,440 comments) says:

    Will Cactus be amused?

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  2. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    The way he has worded his statement leads me to believe that this wasn’t any ordinary woman.

    Probably one who works in a very old occupation, with maybe a weird variety of that occupation.

    I don’t know whether to feel sorry for him or not.

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  3. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    @Gooner: Well. if the goss I’ve heard is accurate then I’ve got no sympathy for Laws at all because it exposes him to charges of Gingrich-ian hypocrisy on multiple fronts. OTOH, I’ll temper any schadenfreude, as there’s inevitably going to be even more human wreckage in his wake.

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  4. reid (16,440 comments) says:

    What the hell is he thinking though? Sure. He needs name recognition to generate his NZF profile. Newsflash: he already had it.

    This just looks flakey.

    Who cares? He left his wife 15? months ago. Why did he need to say anything?

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  5. RRM (9,916 comments) says:

    That greasey old romantic eh?

    No doubt he told the mystery lady that disabled children are a waste of space and all maoris are racists, and then she was ready to do anything he wanted.

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  6. reid (16,440 comments) says:

    “No doubt he told the mystery lady that disabled children are a waste of space and all maoris are racists, and then she was ready to do anything he wanted.”

    I doubt he did RRM cause he’s not like that, IMO.

    Very few people are nasty and evil, RRM. A few are, but even they aren’t all as bad as Hulun was. And Michael’s nothing at all compared to Hulun, is he.

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  7. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Hone Harawira’s statement that he wouldn’t feel comfortable with his daughters going out with a pakeha is suddenly making more sense.

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  8. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Craig Ranapia suggests:

    it exposes him to charges of Gingrich-ian hypocrisy on multiple fronts

    Much as I’d celebrate Laws being caught out as a hypocrite as opposed to the many other things he is, I can’t recall hearing him criticise others because of their sexual preferences, fidelity, etc. Or have I missed something? Unless you’re implying he’s taken a leaf out of Brown’s book and put her on the Council credit card? ;-)

    Although, as I said on the GD thread, it’s borderline hyprocrisy to seek out acres of newsprint in the Wimminz Daze et al to portray yourself as a family man just to feed your insatiable need for self- affirmation, only to have the whole thing collapse in on itself. But that alone isn’t, I believe, enough to drag someone’s private life through the media especially when they have children who’ll hear of it and to whom, for all his other faults, he’s their dad.

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  9. noskire (842 comments) says:

    Really, who gives a flying fuck.

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  10. Dibbo (10 comments) says:

    Anything that helps keep Winston out of the baubles of power has to be regarded as good news IMHO.

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  11. reid (16,440 comments) says:

    “Really, who gives a flying fuck.”

    I do since I learned Laws and Peters and maybe even Andy Williams were planning to attempt Operation Phoenix on NZF.

    Laws and Peters. What a caucus.

    Seriously, Laws wants the baby-boomer retiree vote. Winston will do one term and retire. Laws will keep it going. And why not? It gives the elderly a specific channel for their interests. That’s a good thing. I suspect Laws however will let slip the very elderly from his careful purvue and generally behave in a way Winston never would have nor ever has.

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  12. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    She may have had a hand in his press release? Or maybe not?

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  13. MT_Tinman (3,184 comments) says:

    I just dragged out Dancing with Beelzebub.

    It wasn’t biographical by any chance?

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  14. Cactus Kate (551 comments) says:

    Reid – no

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  15. reid (16,440 comments) says:

    A surprising development.

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  16. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    There’s more to come on this story. Laws “getting his retaliation in first” seems to have back-fired.

    She said Mr Laws had contacted her after she admired his political views in a blog she wrote detailing her path back from drug addiction and prostitution. “He came over on the pretence of wanting to discuss drug prohibition, that never got discussed. He said my past fascinated him. He talked about himself for three hours.

    She said she later ended the relationship. She had been flattered by Mr Laws’ attention but he was “very pushy”.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/4024116/My-affair-with-pushy-Laws

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  17. reid (16,440 comments) says:

    Mysteriouser and mysteriouser…

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  18. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    This is just bizarre. Why did he pre-empt the “story”? It’s just his personal life and he’s done nothing wrong, nor been measurably hypocritical. It was unlikely to be news, and even if it was, it would have been fish and chip paper the next day. But Laws clearly craves the publicity, even at a risk to his career. This makes him look very flaky and unstable. Unusually poor judgment from a one time master of the dark arts of the Demon Profession.

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  19. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    FFS. We already know about the eyeliner. So how bad could this be?

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  20. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    But that alone isn’t, I believe, enough to drag someone’s private life through the media especially when they have children who’ll hear of it and to whom, for all his other faults, he’s their dad.

    Oh, no, this “exotic background” of this temptress who apparently bewitched his gonads is a type of person who slagged off and sniggered at great length in the past. And, sorry, there’s part of me that says hypocrites who haven’t noticeably given a flying fuck about the families of people whose characters they’ve gleefully assassinated over the years don’t get to use their children as human shields when the karmic bill falls due.

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  21. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    Rex W

    “… just to feed your insatiable need for self- affirmation …”

    Are you sure it wasn’t just the cash Rex?

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  22. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    “But that alone isn’t, I believe, enough to drag someone’s private life through the media especially when they have children who’ll hear of it and to whom, for all his other faults, he’s their dad.”

    I think you’re right, Rex.

    I can’t see the public interest in this story, although I recognise that many in the public will be wowed salaciously by it all. Which I guess means it’s news. I think I should go and have another cup of coffee.

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  23. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    Blair M siad

    Unusually poor judgment from a one time master of the dark arts of the Demon Profession.

    From Demon Profession to Oldest Profession. Perhaps he’s going into business with Pam Corkery

    (Apologies if I’ve spoiled anyone’s breakfast with the mental imagery :-) )

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  24. 3-coil (1,219 comments) says:

    After years of slagging off Dannevirke he’s been caught fraternising with one of the locals – no big deal to anyone…but him.

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  25. Rodders (1,755 comments) says:

    Vintage Michael Laws in claiming there is a “political agenda” at work. Every wound he has received in his political life has been entirely self-inflicted.

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  26. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    Yes, it’s sounding mostly self inflicted, Laws may have been been a bit hasty in going public. Maybe it’s just in his blood.

    HE PANICKED, SAY RADIO BOSSES

    Michael Laws has brought shame on himself needlessly by panicking, according to his managers at Radio Live.

    “He thought he was being blackmailed and some private messages were going to be made public and he decided to jump in. He thought that he should front-foot it,” Radio Live general manager Mitch Harris said.

    But Jacqueline Sperling said she had not gone to the media or tried to make the texts public. On a posting on Radio Live’s Facebook page, she said he “fell for a bluff”.

    Mr Harris said Mr Laws believed a Sunday paper was going to print the texts, but Mr Harris had since spoken to the paper’s editor, who denied any such plans.

    “So he has put himself through this and he didn’t need to. He was absolutely convinced that this was going to happen. I was a bit puzzled because there is nothing illegal or wrong in what he has done.”

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  27. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    I think Cactus is roller blading somewhere

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