Surprise – not!

June 18th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Labour MP is set to enter the Christchurch mayoral race, Fairfax Media understands.

The Christchurch East MP has long been rumoured as the favourite to challenge incumbent Bob Parker for the mayoral chains, following her high-profile role as Labour’s earthquake recovery spokeswoman, and criticism of the current council.

Her declaration is expected later this week.

Dalziel has the backing of her party for a mayoral bid, despite dropping out of the top 20-ranked Labour MPs in a party reshuffle in February.

If she stands and wins, she will likely have to resign her Christchurch East seat, triggering a by-election.

Worst kept secret ever.

In March she was “99 per cent” sure she would not stand, but a month later it was revealed she had attempted to recruit Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson as a potential running mate.

I don’t know why more MPs can’t be as honest as Maurice Williamson was and just say upfront that they are considering standing, rather than deny it one month and be trying to lien up running mates the next.

Last month she was still coy on a bid, but talked about the importance of an alternative council leadership that cut across political party lines.

She said at the time that she would consider standing if she got the “right” team behind her, but admitted it was likely to include candidates from the Left-leaning People’s Choice movement.

Their aim, is to get a Labour majority on Council.

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21 Responses to “Surprise – not!”

  1. tvb (4,208 comments) says:

    Dalziel has a habit of being a bit economical with the truth – remember her resignation from which she has never really recovered. I suspect she is not really trusted by her colleagues. Anyhow Parker is no better and I think Dalziel will make a pretty fair fist of the job if elected.

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  2. RightNow (6,669 comments) says:

    The City of the Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

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  3. Manolo (13,378 comments) says:

    And unfortunately… she could win.

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  4. dime (9,453 comments) says:

    Its almost like the masses are demanding she stands and she has reluctantly agreed BAHAHAHAHAHA

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  5. shoreboy57 (131 comments) says:

    So how will Lianne and Gerry get on running Christchurch together?

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  6. smttc (692 comments) says:

    No chance of her resigning from Parliament to take up a proper fucking job outside of politics. Nah, thought not.

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  7. lastmanstanding (1,204 comments) says:

    CCH will go from the current shambles to an absolute disaster if this wimmin is elected as Mayor. There appears to be a totally dysfunctional situation and from afar I feel for the good citizens of CCH.

    They have EQC and the Insurance Companies determined to delay paying to fix their properties or pay them out. They have the wood work teacher with the diplomatic skills of a 300lb gorilla and a Mayor who says all the right things and gets nothing done.

    And to top it all off they have an overpaid underperforming Town Clerk.

    CCH almost makes Auckland Council look good and that’s saying something.

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  8. cpg23 (3 comments) says:

    “People’s Choice Movement” – can’t get more presumptuous than that!

    My preference is for the council to get the sack. ECan has never been more functional since the Commissioners were appointed.

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  9. ignant_immigant (29 comments) says:

    Is there a rule that all mayors and 90% city council have to be Labour or Green or is there some sort of historic / cultural reason for this?

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  10. Paulus (2,503 comments) says:

    I thought that the Council were already Left Wing.

    Looking forward to Dalziel’s leadership – will be an amusing shambles, worth watching.
    She still cannot tell shit from clay.

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  11. gump (1,488 comments) says:

    @ignant_immigant

    It’s a style of governance that seems well suited to local government.

    Kiwis like public spaces, libraries, parks & reserves, swimming pools, and other public facilities (which are all socialised services).

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  12. ignant_immigant (29 comments) says:

    gump

    So why do libraries, parks & reserves, swimming pools, and other public facilities, have to be run by progressive communists instead of conservatives with a bit of business experience and no desire for social engineering?

    You’re not answering my question, you are just giving me a list of some of the things that City Council are reponsible for.

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  13. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    has anyone heard from Anderton yet .. he won’t this slid pass without coment .. running mate maybe?

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  14. dime (9,453 comments) says:

    ignant – control of local govt is like a communists number 1 priority.

    also, how many right wingers can be assed standing? shit pay. shit job. we have better things to do.

    local govt is like the ultimate power trip for the elected officials and the shit heads that work for the council. not that all of them are shit heads, just 90%.

    its like teaching, that also appeals to left leaning, mean little fuckers.

    Angry Dime today :)

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  15. Shazzadude (505 comments) says:

    Was the 99% sure comment before or after her demotion by David Shearer?

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  16. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    Actually, The Press has just put up a 1-clik online one clik poll that you can do. Vote here

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/8807008/Dalziel-and-Parker-set-for-mayoral-race

    I voted for Bob, because I think Dalziel will hopelessly ruin Chch with her distracted factional politics rather than focussing on the non-sexy attention-getting issues; and she’s been shown to be lacking in honesty (sacked by helen Clark for lying; and told media for months she wasn’t running). Yeah right.

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  17. KapitiCoast (114 comments) says:

    Ahhh Paulus, but I’m pretty confident she will never admit to not knowing shit from clay, if she does mistake them it will be blamed on Brownlee/National somehow. The ‘Blame Gerry’ card when things get sticky/awkward for her will be played rather alot methinks :)….Ohhhh and Jim Anderton will be campaining hard for her, watch this space.

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  18. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    The Press Chch Mayoralty Poll is currently running at 38% Bob Parker to 45% Lianne Dalziel. She has dropped 5% points. If that is the best LD can muster first up, she’s toast. Especially if another party enters the race. It’s not enough.

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  19. Shazzadude (505 comments) says:

    Dime: “also, how many right wingers can be assed standing? shit pay. shit job. we have better things to do. ”

    The following former National MPs off the top of my head have been mayors in recent history (and I’ve probably missed a few):

    Christine Fletcher
    John Banks
    Bob Simcock
    Michael Laws
    Mark Blumsky

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  20. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Anyone but Parker…Anyone , he really is a cherry.

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  21. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    The Press online mayoral Chch Poll at 6.07. Neck and neck. Dalziel has dropped 8pts. Bob has surged back from a slow start.

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