Tracy Watkins reports:
Don Brash says ACT leader Rodney Hide offered to stand aside for him in the blue-ribbon Epsom seat during a secret meeting over the party leadership.
The revelation comes as the fight for ACT’s leadership turns increasingly personal, with Dr Brash putting aside his 15-year friendship with Mr Hide to challenge for the leadership.
Dr Brash spent the weekend phoning ACT MPs and lobbying for their support, with Dunedin-based MP Hilary Calvert and deputy leader John Boscawen holding the deciding votes in the five-person caucus.
His pitch is likely to include a promise that funders will turn the tap back on if he is leader. …
If his leadership bid is rejected, Dr Brash intends launching a new Right-wing party and says he has the backers and funding to do this.
He rejected suggestions that that would split the Right-wing vote: “If I’m successful, it won’t split the vote on the Right; it will collapse the ACT vote.”
Make me your leader or I will destroy you. I never knew Don came from Chicago!Tags: ACT, Don Brash, Rodney Hide