Not fronting

February 21st, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Bernard Orsman at NZ Herald reported:

Blogger David Farrar has questioned whether ratepayers are funding Mr Brown’s re-election campaign.

In a post on his Kiwiblog site titled “Len’s gaggle of spin doctors”, Mr Farrar said Mr Brown’s hiring of Dan Lambert took his tally of spin doctors to six – more than the entire parliamentary Labour Party.

Labour has five parliamentary press secretaries and a part-time speech writer for 34 MPs. Prime Minister John Key has four press secretaries and one media assistant.

Mr Brown refused to answer questions about communications staffing under his leadership.

Mr Lambert blocked repeated requests by the Herald to speak to the mayor, saying: “I think it’s reasonable the mayor wouldn’t want to go on record on a matter like this.”

I don’t think it is unreasonable for the Mayor to front on why he needs six communications staff. I do think it is unreasonable for those staff to block access to the Mayor.

In Parliament leaders can’t do that. They have weekly press conferences or run the media gauntlet when the House is sitting. A Mayor should be more open to the media, not less open.

Maybe there really is a need for six staff. But it would be good to hear what it is.

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17 Responses to “Not fronting”

  1. Lance (2,536 comments) says:

    6 spin doctors.
    Whats the problem, they are free right, it’s only ratepayers money.

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  2. Barnsley Bill (982 comments) says:

    There is no need for him to have any spin doctors. the rate rort has seen his suburbs locked in as Len voters forever.
    This is evidenced by the fact that nobody has put themselves forward to stand against him.

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  3. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    He doesn’t like properly disclosing his expenses either, so his silence on this is not a surprise.

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  4. Barnsley Bill (982 comments) says:

    Nobody fooled by his claim that he is abstaining from the vote to give his donors and mates 30 million buck for a white water rafting centre in manukau. His team of spinners are running the campaign from within his office.
    All at a time when Auckland is borrowing 3,000,000 dollars every single day to just keep the lights on.

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  5. Harriet (4,607 comments) says:

    “…..All at a time when Auckland is borrowing 3,000,000 dollars every single day to just keep the lights on….”

    What? NZ’s economic powerhouse -Auckland- AND -run by Len- is running at an operating loss of $21 million a week?

    I would tend to think that 6 spin doctors would be needed! :cool:

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  6. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    You can just feel poor old lennies aortic valves gunking up ready to infract at any time

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  7. Keeping Stock (10,161 comments) says:

    There seems to be a very blurred line between the accountabilities of Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland and Len Brown, 2013 mayoral candidate; just sayin’…

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  8. Nookin (3,142 comments) says:

    Tranparency?
    Where is Penny when she is needed?

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  9. tristanb (1,133 comments) says:

    Maybe there really is a need for six staff. But it would be good to hear what it is.

    So that’s type of thing the Green’s mean when they say the government should be creating jobs?

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  10. David Garrett (6,651 comments) says:

    Go gettim DPF….we need more of this kind of post…since the nation’s journal of record is now so woeful…

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  11. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    I agree with D.G. Good on DPF for pursuing the issue.
    The dismal (and slippery) comrade Brown should come clean.

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  12. lastmanstanding (1,228 comments) says:

    No No No DPF. You dont understand. This is Commissar Brown you are talking about and Aucklandistan.

    In Aucklandistan the Commissar and his loyal lieutants dont have to engage with the masses. In fact Commissarr Brown has made is quite clear he will not engage with the masses.

    Especially those citizens like me who have criticised his policies. If the good citizens of Aucklandistan have a brain they will dump Brown Hulse and most of the rest of the Council and also remand the unelected Directors of the CCOs that hide behind closed doors are done away with

    Aucklandistans governance is appalling. there is no transperancey no disclosure massive conflicts of interest and self interest.

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  13. stigie (965 comments) says:

    @ Nookin,
    Why the hell should that bitch come on here and contribute when she is not paying for her services ?
    She is a disgrace !!

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  14. Urban Redneck (234 comments) says:

    One thing Mr Brown is very good at, is he gives the appearance of never getting into the grubby practicalities of governing. He’s more of a supercity figurehead, or celebrity, who spends most of his available time prostrating himself to either the Pacific Island community or cavorting homosexuals.

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  15. campit (467 comments) says:

    DPF, in fairness I think you should point out that three staffers are part time, but you probably know that already.

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  16. Reid (16,061 comments) says:

    Well as I said on the gaggle thread the six spin doctors must have been flat out working on something and that something MUST have been Len’s loop – I mean what else would need six of them.

    Obviously the latest US import has made a breakthrough (which is why he was imported in the first place) and the clear strategy now is: don’t say a thing, about anything. Present a united front, act like NFL linebackers protecting Len the talented if rather scrawny and girly quarterback and if any particularly determined wily journo looks like breaking through, just jump on them, straight away.

    I wonder what’s going to happen next?

    It’s quite exciting isn’t it.

    I’m glad I don’t live in Akld anymore so I’m not paying for this. That’s partly why it’s so very exciting.

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  17. Viking2 (11,216 comments) says:

    David Garrett (3,224) Says:
    February 21st, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Go gettim DPF….we need more of this kind of post…since the nation’s journal of record is now so woeful…
    ——————————David Garrett (3,224) Says:
    February 21st, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Go gettim DPF….we need more of this kind of post…since National’s journal of record is now so woeful…

    There you are DG. Fixed that small error for you.
    Substandard editing Are you joining the Herald by any chance? :lol:

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