Who’s supporting who

September 10th, 2013 at 9:20 am by David Farrar

I’ve been compiling a list of pledges and endorsements for each of the three Labour candidates. Welcome any additions or corrections. The state of play this morning is:

David Cunliffe endorsements

  1. Chris Trotter
  2. John Tamihere
  3. Brian Edwards
  4. Mike Williams
  5. Jenny Michie
  6. David Farrar
  7. Gordon Campbell
  8. Fran O’Sullivan
  9. Cactus Kate
  10. Otago Daily Times
  11. Manawatu Standard
  12. Greg Presland
  13. Morgan Godfery
  14. John Minto
  15. Mike Lee
  16. Taranaki Daily News
  17. Brian Rudman
  18. Anjum Rahman
  19. John Armstrong
  20. Martyn Bradbury
  21. Selwyn Manning
  22. Rod Oram
  23. Scott Yorke
  24. Colin Espiner
  25. Keith Locke

Shane Jones endorsements

  1. Sonny Tau
  2. Stuart Nash
  3. Kelvin Davis
  4. Guyon Espiner
  5. Willie Jackson
  6. Cameron Slater
  7. Dover Samuels
  8. Hone Harawira
  9. Labour’s Te Kaunihera Māori

Grant Robertson endorsements

  1. Michael Cullen
  2. Matthew Hooton
  3. Vernon Small
  4. Titewhai Harawira
  5. Andrew Geddis
  6. Rebecca Matthews
  7. Sir Bob Jones

Again please let me know of any additions or changes as I plan to keep updating and republishing this page.

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56 Responses to “Who’s supporting who”

  1. Ian McK (237 comments) says:

    The “Manawatu Standard” would endorse anything that Lees-Galloway does . . . they are the Manawatu arm of the Labour Party; thankfully major advertisers are taking note and pulling support from the left-wing publication, currently propped up by its community newspapers. Hopefully this rag will be the first of the Fairfax rubbish to cease publication. Fairfax have also ruined the once well read and supported “Straight Furrow” farming paper with their socialist indoctrinated ramblings. Interesting to take a look at Fairfax share value . . . not a pretty sight.

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  2. RossM (45 comments) says:

    Its hard to avoid the feeling that some centre-right commentators are deliberately supporting the candidate least likely to trouble the government – first Shearer, now Cunliffe.

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  3. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    Robertson, Cunnliffe & Jones.

    Sounds like real doggy Law Firm to me. :lol:

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  4. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Hasn’t John Armstrong of the NZ Herald endorsed Cunliffe?

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  5. Left Right and Centre (2,979 comments) says:

    Please let it be Cunliffe who gets his arse kicked in 2014.

    What a bunch of cretins. Blood sucking pallid vampires.

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  6. RRM (9,920 comments) says:

    David Cunliffe endorsements:

    16. RRM

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  7. RRM (9,920 comments) says:

    RossM – you’re joking, right?

    Cunliffe is the only one of them who’s a capable business guy, he’s the only one I’d expect to be able to foot it with Key and actually add some value to Her Majesty’s loyal opposition…

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  8. peterwn (3,272 comments) says:

    The up-side of David Cunliffe is he would do less harm to NZ, the downside is, once in, he could be more difficult to dislodge after 3 years.

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  9. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    And on the front page of the DomPost this morning – David Cunliffe with arms raised in victory while his giant portrait dwarfs the pantheon of form Labour Prime Ministers.

    Anyone spot anything awry with Cunliffe’s campaign to win over Labour members, let alone the public?

    (And almost as much hubris shown in Robertson’s banner: Grant Robertson – Labour’s Future.)

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  10. hj (7,015 comments) says:

    Su’a William Sio: Black With A vengeance?

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  11. Ross12 (1,425 comments) says:

    I note that Cunliffe is already saying that a senior Green Party MP ( read Norman ) will be part of the economic team should the Labour/Greens get in under his leadership. Cunliffe must have death wish !!

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  12. kiwi in america (2,451 comments) says:

    Cunliffe’s launch speech was almost creepy – Matthew Hooten was scathing about Cunliffe in the NBR and for good reason. I used to think he’d romp in but Jones entering the race has altered the dynamics of the wider party vote side of the race. Jones will attract some following but likely will rank 3rd but if he’s clever he need only direct all his 2nd preferences to Robertson. I feel I’m on safe grounds that his preference after himself would be Robertson (plus he was a part of the ABC block). That would enable Robertson to reduce Cunliffe’s likely lead in the wider party vote. Robertson will carry the caucus and if Whaleoil is right that he’s got the EPMU stitched up, Cunliffe would have to win the party vote by an almost 3:1 margin over Robertson to beat the impact of the union block vote. Given the hubris Cunliffe exhibited and the inclination he gave to raise taxes and allow the Greens to have senior finance portfolios should he and Labour prevail, I’m beginning to wonder if Key wouldn’t be hoping more for a Cunliffe victory.

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  13. David Garrett (7,272 comments) says:

    RossM: RRM has nailed it. Cunliffe as leader – with his obvious capability – would the WORST outcome for the centre right. Far easier to face off against an overweight homosexual with only public sector experience, or a bloke who has confessed to using the taxpayers money for wank material, who his own colleagues think is a swollen headed blowarse…think about it man!

    KIA: a thoughtful analysis…but see above re Jones…

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  14. jaba (2,142 comments) says:

    if Cunliffe could control his ego and take a pill, he would be the best choice to take on John Key BUT the MPS’s who back him are mostly dead-wood.
    The next few weeks will be great .. I would pick the leader who will openly dimiss the Gweens even if that would be Shane Jones

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  15. David Garrett (7,272 comments) says:

    Jaba: No prospective Labour leader can “dismiss” the Greens…whatever else you can say about Labour, they do understand how MMP works….that is not something you can say about all Nats…

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  16. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Once Minty Minto endorses somebody they are going to win….

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  17. 3-coil (1,220 comments) says:

    Helen Clark endorses…?

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  18. Black with a Vengeance (1,861 comments) says:

    Where’s Fa’afoi?

    MIA…Still time travelling in the DeLorean?

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  19. Ruminator (18 comments) says:

    “face off against an overweight homosexual”

    You are such a pig Garrett.

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  20. slightlyright (93 comments) says:

    Deborah Coddington was supporting Jones on Radio Live Drive last night

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  21. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    You are such a pig Garrett.

    Remember never to wrestle with a pig…you end up covered in shit and the pig has a gay old time. :)

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  22. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Deborah Coddington was supporting Jones on Radio Live Drive last night

    A good reason to vote for the other two.

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  23. RRM (9,920 comments) says:

    Shane Jones is lucky his name hasn’t become a household byword for masturbation. If he gets it, the answer to everything will be “get your hand off it”.

    I have nothing against Robertson, I just don’t want a career politician for leader and potentially PM. Boffins have their role to play but it isn’t as the boss.

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  24. Chinarugby (87 comments) says:

    ross69 – David Garrett is indeed a classless vulgar person but then given his own shocking history he cannot be taken seriously on any matter – he is best ignored.

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  25. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Why do the Labour Caucus think they have any real say in their new leader ? – 40%

    Ask Andrew Little and his fellow Unionists in the real Labour Party, as with the new voting system they make the decisions.- 60%

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  26. Dirty Rat (383 comments) says:

    Besides…who hasn’t watched Porn ?

    The things people are saying about Jones…well, just puts them in this category ..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ivsb79-h90

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  27. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Jones may well provide the stimulation the country needs.

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  28. radvad (765 comments) says:

    “Besides…who hasn’t watched Porn ?”

    Maybe, but at taxpayers expense?

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  29. nasska (11,503 comments) says:

    Word has it that Shane Jones organised a threesome last night….

    ….there were a couple of no-shows but he still had a good time.

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  30. All_on_Red (1,582 comments) says:

    RRM
    “Cunliffe is the only one of them who’s a capable business guy”

    You reckon? How come? I thought his Harvard degree was in poetry. Or do you mean compared to the rest of the useless professional politicians Labour has?

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  31. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    Surprised that more MPs haven’t declared for Robertson.

    AOR – Cunliffe’s Harvard degree is in Public Administration. He has a Bachelors degree in Poliitical Science and a diploma (equivalent to a degree major) in economics.

    FWW a Masters in the US is usually more of a professional qual than an academic degree. Cf the MBA.

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  32. alwyn (424 comments) says:

    I think we have to have Shane Jones for leader
    In the DomPost this morning he came out with a truthful statement, something that his rivals appear to be incapable of.
    Shane said, about his flying visit to the Union rally in Auckland.
    “Given I had already wasted taxpayers’ money in coming here it didn’t seem it was a good idea in using taxpayer money and not fronting”
    He’s half way there. At least he admits he is wasting taxpayer money. Who knows. Perhaps he will learn the other half and stop the waste.

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  33. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    Cunliffe could have been a real loser and done sociology.

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  34. edhunter (546 comments) says:

    Far be it for me to defend DG but WTF? Where is the inaccuracy in calling Robertson an overweight homosexual? We’ve had a PM nick named Piggy, the next one had a stomach stapling operation for image & health reasons, another that looked like a Panda. And just this year we buried a certain MP whose weight lead to major medical problems & an early grave.

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  35. David Garrett (7,272 comments) says:

    Edhunter: Yes, I was a bit bemused by that vicious reaction to my comment myself! “overweight homosexual” seems to me to be as accurate a description of Robertson as “disgraced former politician”, which is my own self description these days….Or do these fools really believe that Roberston being gay will not be a factor?

    Then again, this is the lot who quite happily put up billboards with a grossly photoshopped version of their dear leader – crossed over front teeth completely removed, and looking quite spunky – in four election campaigns…Perhaps if Robertson wins, his billboard image will show him 30 kg lighter and CARRYING a pig, like a real kiwi joker of the old school?

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  36. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    David “you bet” Cunliffe? what a scumbag.

    His speech was creepy as shit.

    Im starting to think hes a Rudd type personality.

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  37. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Surprised that more MPs haven’t declared for Robertson.

    The rumour is that they are wanting to back the winner, so are holding off until it becomes clearer as which of Cunliffe and Robertson looks likely. Once that is known they will swing in behind the likely winner.

    The unions could speed that up by declaring the preferences of their hierarchies.

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  38. Cunningham (844 comments) says:

    RRM (7,831) Says:

    “Cunliffe is the only one of them who’s a capable business guy”

    Yet he supports the destruction of our power industry despite criticism from many commentators including the one they used to justify it! Yeah he is really business savy.

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  39. backster (2,171 comments) says:

    Having surveyed the lists supporting Cunliffe it is clear they don’t like maoris or Queers.
    Cunliffe apparently would find Norman acceptable as Minister of Finance.(Leighton)

    KIA……..If you saw the picture of the three little piggies a couple of days ago where Robertson was reaching out to handle both Jones and Cunliffe, from the look on Jones face I would say it would have to be a pretty big bauble for Robertson to get his preferences.

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  40. Nookin (3,341 comments) says:

    “Im starting to think hes a Rudd type personality.”

    A late starter, I see. Well, better late than never. I think he was late in declaring because he was receiving tuition in dramatic presentation

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  41. tvb (4,422 comments) says:

    I doubt Key is exercising his mind too much on who wins. Cunliffe will be the most formidable opponent but his toxic personality may harm him.

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  42. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    Lawl… two recommends already. Fell into my trap, ya lavatory bowls. ;)

    The mighty Reagan did sociology.

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  43. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    The rumour is that they are wanting to back the winner, so are holding off until it becomes clearer as which of Cunliffe and Robertson looks likely. Once that is known they will swing in behind the likely winner.

    Makes sense. I thought Robertson had it sewn up. I guess not.

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  44. Kieran_B (76 comments) says:

    Does Scott Yorke count?

    http://www.imperatorfish.com/2013/08/its-tough-decision.html

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  45. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Big win for Cunliffe on Q&A.

    Robertson made a mistake by making yesterday his large platform launch. Cunliffe had taken from that and added to it to set himself apart.

    He was the only one who came close to looking and sounding like a major party leader today.

    Jones just showed he is in the wrong party.

    [And great response from Richard Prebble on the panel - right on the mark]

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  46. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Huh? Josie Pagani says the living wage is a great plan and in the very next breath says that raising taxes is a bad policy that will scare voters off.

    Just how does she think their living wage policy would be effected? Through pixie dust?

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  47. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    “I have a Dream” – these immortal words

    “I have a dream for New Zealand” – the Dream team —

    David Cunliffe as Labour Leader, with Grant Robertson as Deputy, both sucking up to Finance Expert Russel Norman, – the shit they will collectively put together when they are not stabbing each other will be New Zealand’s dream of not having a Green/Labour Government.

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  48. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    So Titiwhai Harawira has endorsed Robertson! Did Cunliffe and Jones bribe her to do so?

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  49. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    Cunliffe is a nasty bastard, long overdue for Labour to have one as leader to clear out the dead wood.
    Robertson is gay, what the fuck does that have to do with anything, religious maniacs would not vote for him, does Labour want a bar of the destiny church ?

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  50. Crusader (314 comments) says:

    I was starting to think that Cunliffe would be the least objectionable. Until I saw Minto endorsed him. Now I’m not so sure.

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  51. lolitasbrother (692 comments) says:

    I am completely perplexed as to why DP Farrar would endorse Cunliffe.
    I would like to hear the excuse for the Nat party spruiker endorsing any of that stuff.

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  52. ChardonnayGuy (1,206 comments) says:

    Could we have a neutral column for those who aren’t backing either Robertson, Cunliffe or Jones?

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  53. smttc (752 comments) says:

    The member for Port Hills has now come out in favour of Grant Robertson as the best candidate (as reported on Morning Report this morning).

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  54. Chuck Bird (4,883 comments) says:

    face off against an overweight homosexual

    I would add a couple of adjectives

    face off against an overweight lying activists homosexual

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  55. Chuck Bird (4,883 comments) says:

    Hopefully this works this time

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  56. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    I am completely perplexed as to why DP Farrar would endorse Cunliffe.

    Probably because politics would get a whole lot more interesting if Cunliffe were in charge.

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