McCarten triple flips

September 30th, 2010 at 5:36 pm by David Farrar

The SST reports:

Left wing union leader has performed a triple flip flop over endorsing a candidate for ’s Albany ward.

McCarten formed the website supercitypicks.co.nz to help voters select a left-leaning Auckland Council in the upcoming local body elections. …

But yesterday McCarten withdrew his support for Williams entirely.

“Originally I thought progressives should support . But my leftist and even centrist mates gave me a biff on two fronts,” McCarten wrote.

“That he’s made his city a laughing stock and  he’s totally self absorbed and even his own allies have deserted him. The other reason is that he knows he had no chance to win as mayor and is deliberately drawing votes away from the only other candidate Len Brown who can beat John Banks.

“Privately he claims to support Brown, yet is helping Banks by not telling voters his real position. On that basis he’s a fraud and shouldn’t be supported by progressives.”

McCarten said Slater was “the only other candidate I know in that ward with any chance of winning”. He said the blogger was right of politics but “has a social conscience, does volunteer work and has a good brain”.

Yep that’s right, Matt McCarten did endorse Whale Oil for Council. And he called Andrew Williams a fraud.

One can only imagine the howls of outrage and anguish on the left. Matt’s own UNITE staff probably threatened to picket him. And so he flipped again:

However less than 24 hours later McCarten had withdrawn his support for Slater and replaced it with a new endorsement. “My progressive advisors tell me I should be supporting John Kirikiri as the best of the rest”.

Position No 3.

But, when Stuff called McCarten today to ask why he was making constant changes to his Albany ward endorsements he said he would be removing his tick for Kirikiri and reinstating Williams as the preferred contender.

“I hadn’t done my homework but I have now read all of the candidates’ policies and have decided Williams is the man for the job.”

He said Williams had been “an embarrassment with his behaviour” but had the best policies “and policies are how we should judge the candidates”.

I disagree with Matt. Policies are important. But so is judgement, temperment, and rationality.

Following his removal from McCarten’s endorsement list Williams let rip on Facebook about the well-known union leader.

“He should know better than to make such irresponsible statements about me a sitting mayor. I don’t even know the man, have never had a conversation with him, so it’s extraordinary that he would comment like that. But very telling that he initially endorsed that disturbed psycho nutter then withdrew it.”

When Williams does rants like that, the term “disturbed psycho nutter” seems like a form of projection.

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24 Responses to “McCarten triple flips”

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,924 comments) says:

    “Perennially pissed mentally disturbed psycho nutter…”

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  2. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    D’you think Williams was looking in the mirror when he made the “disturbed psycho nutter” comment? Perhaps he had consulted his campaign committee; Jim, Jack and Johnnie :-)

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  3. Tom Gould (141 comments) says:

    I can accept Williams labelling Slater a ‘disturbed psycho nutter’ given the endless stream of venom and invective from Slater and his cohorts aimed at Williams over the last two years. If Williams does manage to get elected to the Auckland Council it will be a miracle, not for the reasons you might think, but because it would be almost unprecedented for an elected representative to survive a co-ordinated campaign of character assassination throughout their term, orchestrated from both the right and the left, and using the blogisphere, local and national media. Of course, Williams is his own worst enemy in many respects, but I’m not sure any political figure would survive being stalked and leaked on constantly. Even John Key would struggle with that. Of course, the ‘keeping them honest’ candidate Slater has still not revealed which Auckland Council ward he lives and votes in. It is not Albany.

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  4. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    “endless stream of vnom and invective from Slater and his cohorts” = Tom Gould = Andrew Williams. All the hallmarks of the Clown, missing letters, use of the word “cohorts” and allegations of covert conspiracy.

    The only people assassinating Andrew Williams character have been his advisors Jack, Jim and Johnnie.

    All I have done is tell the truth about him.

    I have been completely open about where I live and vote, and explained as such to anyone who cared to ask, including journalists and constituents at public meetings.

    Stop enabling the Clown of Campbells Bay.

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  5. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    Tom Gould said

    Of course, Williams is his own worst enemy in many respects, but I’m not sure any political figure would survive being stalked and leaked on constantly.

    What about the Takapuna tree that was “leaked on” Tom? But you’re right; Williams is the author of his own demise.

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  6. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    Don’t forget his lemon trees

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  7. fredinthegrass (274 comments) says:

    What – dont vote for Williams.
    What – will we do for entertainment?
    What indeed – VOTE Cameron Slater.
    What will we get – honest action on issues that matter
    Thats What!

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  8. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    “character assassination” .. I would suggest suicide is more accurate

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  9. Put it away (2,880 comments) says:

    What’s this, a leftie using the word “fraud” with a straight face ? How’s it going in Papatoetoe, guys ?

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  10. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Life is good when the left go for each other, long may it continue.

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  11. alex Masterley (1,523 comments) says:

    What irritates me about Williams, is that he gives us pissheads a bad name.

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  12. Blue Coast (165 comments) says:

    Right with you Alex. I can’t understand why the fool keeps putting his head in the line of fire. Surely he or his advisors Jack, Jim and Johnnie could have a chat with him

    Wait they already have …………

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  13. Steve (4,592 comments) says:

    There is nothing wrong with Andrew Williams.

    There is nothing wrong with Andrew Williams.

    There is nothing wrong with Andrew Williams.

    Hey! are you listening?

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  14. Steve Wrathall (285 comments) says:

    A glittering career awaits McCarten as an Australian Top Model producer, or IPCC report writer.

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  15. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Isn’t Matt McCarten ill?

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  16. Komata (1,204 comments) says:

    No, he always acts that way. . .

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  17. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    Interesting; WhaleOil suggests that Tom Gould has some very Andrew Williams-like traits, and Tom Gould vanishes. Methinks WO has harpooned another leftie poser; have another drink Andrew/Tom!

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  18. noodle (151 comments) says:

    Meanwhile, Auckland is looking for a super-city mayor worth more than a jobsworth narcissist with a full length mirror and heart-pounding self delusion. Why don’t admirable, useful people ever apply for jobs like this? Yeah… Ok.

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  19. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Yep the Jew Boy Gould is a Williams clone! And Williams is a Gould clone. You just never see them to-gether do you?

    BTW my Jewish credentials are intact.

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  20. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Explain “Jew Boy” for me Guy.

    You using it like a black man uses nigger or what?

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  21. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Seriously ,I thought Matt McCarten has cancer?

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  22. Tom Gould (141 comments) says:

    “I have been completely open about where I live and vote.” Well, Blubber Boy, where do you live and vote? We know it’s not Albany. We know it isn’t even on the North Shore. So, mister ‘keeping them honest’, how about walking your own talk and coming clean? While I understand the right wing’s affection for cultural revolution style self-outing, I will endulge you all to the extent that I do not live in the Albany ward either. And Guy, “jew boy” is a bit juvenile, don’t you think?

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  23. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Jesus grow up “Tom”.

    Thats your political comontary skill is it, calling someone “bubber boy”. Seriously piss off back to kindergaten will you.

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  24. Gosman (324 comments) says:

    Ummmmm… Tom

    Cameron Slater has been entirely open and honest about his reason for standing in the Albany Ward. It is to hold that political abomination of a, (soon to be ex), Mayor to account. Andrew Williams sounds like a coward in that he is big on mouthing off from the safety of his mobile phone, e-mails, or Facebook updates but doesn’t like being confronted in person. I applaud Cameron Slater for doing what he is doing with him.

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