Webster apologises to Mitchell

October 26th, 2013 at 1:57 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Auckland City Councillor has issued a public apology to National MP for embroiling him in the scandal.

In a statement, Webster said she regretted comments by Mitchell about “skeletons” in Mayor Len Brown’s closet had been used “for political cheap shots” and character assassination.

It was revealed last week Brown’s camp were alerted to a sex scandal by comments made by Mitchell to Webster.

“I have decided to make a public statement to set the record straight when I saw him having to defend attacks on his integrity and character by Labour MPs in the Parliamentary debating chamber last night,” Webster said.

“The comment Mark made to me should never have been used for political cheap shots or a character assassination.

”It was not made at a cocktail party or as part of idle gossip. I was in a business meeting with Mark over electoral and council matters when our conversation turned to local government elections and the mayoral campaign. Mark made a passing comment, something like ‘scuttlebutt floating around for a while about the mayor having a skeleton in his closet. If there is a skeleton I hope that his wife and children know because families are always the victims in these sort of things’.”

Webster said she laughed, and said she was sure it wasn’t correct and Mitchell agreed with her.

“It was a generic conversation between him and I, and I deeply regret using his name in a later conversation with the mayor’s chief of staff.”

And Len Brown’s ratepayer funded spin doctors have been using it to try and divert media attention from the Mayor’s actions.

The Mayor still seems to think there is nothing wrong with providing a reference to a woman you are trying to bed, to help her get a job with a Council Controlled Organisation.

Talking of Len’s ratepayer funded spin doctors, Michelle Hewitson interviews David Lewis:

You did have to ask if there were going to be any further, um, troubles. So, are there any more girls? “No. Not that I’m aware of.” Has he asked? “Yes, I have.” And he said no? “Yes.” And he believes him? “Yes.” Well, he has to, doesn’t he? “Yeah.”

So that is an on the record denial via Lewis.

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25 Responses to “Webster apologises to Mitchell”

  1. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    The Mayor still seems to think there is nothing wrong with providing a reference to a woman you are trying to bed, to help her get a job with a Council Controlled Organisation.

    Actually, I don’t think the Mayor thinks there is nothing wrong with that in the normal course of events, just that the rules shouldn’t have to apply to him. Essentially the same position he took over his expenses when Mayor of Manukau City.

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  2. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Lyin Len has two sets of rules which only apply to him.

    When is he going to stop making a fool of himself, Auckland and New Zealand ?

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  3. Urban Redneck (234 comments) says:

    As much as I detest the politics of McLauchlan and the rest of those smug, haughty latte liberals who congregate around his blog, Danyl is on the money, I believe, with this . .

    I think Brown is actually lucky this fell into Slater’s hands and not those of professional political operatives. Because Slater’s Dad is a former National Party president who ran John Palino’s mayoral campaign, the story is hopelessly contaminated and has poisoned Palino’s chance of re-running if there is another election. If the story was broken strategically it would have been used to force Brown into making denials that could be disproved, and rolled out over a series of days with separate components leaked to rival news organisations – the usual bag of tricks Labour and National employ when they get something juicy. But Slater just vomited it all out there on his blog, which possibly saved Brown’s mayoralty.

    http://dimpost.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/code-brown/

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  4. stigie (1,197 comments) says:

    Paulus says
    Lyin Len has two sets of rules which only apply to him.

    Fucking typical of the left, done nothing wrong so they can keep their snouts in the trough.
    Nothing to see here, move along FFS !!~

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  5. m@tt (629 comments) says:

    “You did have to ask if there were going to be any further, um, troubles. So, are there any more girls? “No. Not that I’m aware of.” Has he asked? “Yes, I have.” And he said no? “Yes.” And he believes him? “Yes.” Well, he has to, doesn’t he? “Yeah.”

    If he does end up going over this, anyone that wants to try and replace him had better be checking to make sure their closet is squeaky clean, or at least that their silencing payments are all up to date.

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  6. itstricky (1,832 comments) says:

    So that is an on the record denial via Lewis.

    I can hear the syrupy, gossipy, whale blubber oil saliva dripping from the corner of your mouth and hitting the floor with a slurp…splash.

    If only you’d write pointed posts about Banks’ tax payer funded inadequacies. But it is good to see independence by Crown Law. That isn’t anything to do with Banks is it? In fact, are we sure it was Banks? Maybe it was Hide? Hasn’t he left now? Can’t have been him then? I don’t know what all the fuss was about if it was Hide? Can’t be anything to see here. Must move on. Banks? Never heard of ‘em.

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  7. BeaB (2,123 comments) says:

    Penny Webster should resign. How can anyone ever have a civilised conversation with her again, not knowing whether she’d run off to spill the latest tasty bit of gossip.
    Self-important. indiscreet and stupid.
    Auckland deserves better than a tell-tale like her and a disgraceful sleaze like Len Brown.

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  8. publicwatchdog (2,596 comments) says:

    In my considered opinion, the 2013 Auckland Mayoral election, was phony as.

    In my considered opinion, those who really run the Auckland region, the (unelected) Committee for Auckland are actually very happy with Mayor Len Brown and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse.

    But – to keep up appearances that this Auckland Mayoral election was ‘left’ vs ‘right’ – as opposed to the reality of the corporate minority vs the public majority, enter political ‘newby’ / ‘novice’ John Palino, who has never attended a single Council meeting in his life.

    Having the former President of the National Party, John Slater, as his ‘campaign manager'(?), helped to give the Palino camp the ‘right’ stamp of approval (as it were).

    But, in my considered opinion, John Palino was never expected or supposed to win the Auckland Mayoralty.

    Unfortunately, for those who REALLY run Auckland, with the very public revelations of the Len Brown ‘affair’ – things have now got quite ‘out of hand’ (as it were).

    So – how best to deal with this?

    Simple.

    Get an ‘inquiry’ / ‘investigation’ set up, which will slap Len Brown on the hand, censure him, do anything but require him to stand down?

    Look who is organising this ‘inquiry':

    Doug McKay, CEO of Auckland Council ( a member of the Committee for Auckland), passes the inquiry to Ernst and Young (a member company of the Committee for Auckland).

    Who else is a member of the Committee for Auckland?

    Nigel Morrison, CEO of Sky City.

    (If you don’t believe me – check for yourselves http://www.committeeforauckland.co.nz membership …)

    Where I think Len Brown has ‘crossed the line’, is in the alleged use of a Sky City hotel room (rooms), for his illicit sexual liaison(s), which, in my considered opinion, make him effectively ‘beholden’ and arguably potentially subject to blackmail.

    I note that on 27 June 2013, Len Brown argued in favour of the International Convention Centre (Sky City) Bill (deal), at the Auckland Council Governing Body Meeting.

    I also note that it appears that Auckland Council has failed to do any ‘due diligence’ on the increased risk of money-laundering at Sky City arising from this International Convention Centre (Sky City) Bill (deal).

    That is why, it is my intention on Tuesday 29 October 2013, to formally request the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to conduct an investigation into these matters.

    High time for a New Zealand Independent Commission Against Corruption, and enforceable ‘Codes of Conduct’ for both local and central government elected representatives?

    I think so.

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption /anti-privatisation’ campaigner
    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  9. Nostradamus (3,326 comments) says:

    The interesting quote for me in Webster’s media release is this:

    “I have decided to make a public statement to set the record straight when I saw him having to defend attacks on his integrity and character by Labour MPs in the Parliamentary debating chamber last night,” Webster said.

    So, now that their attacks on Mitchell, with the full protection of parliamentary privilege, are shown to have been based on incorrect information, when are these Labour MPs going to withdraw and apologise?

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  10. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    Whatever insignificant little errors of judgment may possibly have been made by Brown, they are nothing compared to the.despicable actions of rightwingers who had the disgusting idea of being in the same city at the time.
    Brown is clearly the victim here and should be treated with tender compassion while disgusting rightists who knew nothing about it and DID nothing about it, should be crucified.

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  11. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    So when are these Labour MPs going to withdraw and apologise?

    Within a couple of minutes if the evidence is to be believed.

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  12. itstricky (1,832 comments) says:

    …while disgusting rightists who knew nothing about it and DID nothing about it, should be crucified.

    Quite right. And because they DID nothing wrong there’s no reason for them to LEAVE the country either, is there?

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  13. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    In my considered opinion Penny, your considered opinions are worth jack shit.

    Also, have you apologised to John Palino yet for insinuating he is a bad debtor, because you don’t know what a solvent liquidation is, and you don’t know how to find documents on a public register?

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  14. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    Penny you lost me after the 2nd “In my considered opinion…”. Struck me that you had not considered a hell of a lot just come up with some fanciful unsubstantiated conspiracy theory.

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  15. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Welcome, Penny and Mark, to the fraternity where every member can only lose.

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  16. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    As I said i my NBR AMA, I’ll start listening to what Penny Bright has to say when she starts paying rates.

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  17. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Gee, “Lengate” AGAIN!

    Think it’s time for my nap.

    Zzzzzzzzz……………

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  18. KevinH (1,227 comments) says:

    Penny Webster’s grovelling apology to Mitchell is plain arse licking of the Nats. What her apology implies is that she see’s an opportunity to seize the mayoral chains for herself but would need support to do so.
    Should Brown be required to stand down from the Mayoralty as a result of his actions having breached the Council’s code of conduct, the race would be on again. The council would split into it’s respective left / right divide and field candidates accordingly. Webster would be the right’s choice because of her previous experience in Rodney, and Hulse would be the left’s choice because of her current experience, she may be an interim Mayor should Brown had to resign and seek a fresh mandate.

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  19. AG (1,827 comments) says:

    So that is an on the record denial via Lewis.

    Brown was asked at the stand-up presser following his first public appearance (the opening of some house or something on Monday) whether he’d had affairs with any other women. He gave a blunt “no” answer. So this isn’t anything novel or extra.

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  20. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Oops l get confused between Penny Webster and Penny Bright. Please can somebody explain?

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  21. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    Penny Webster is a councillor and former ACT MP.

    Penny Bright wants to be mayor, but not pay rates [which she doesnt]. ACT is anathema to her.

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  22. publicwatchdog (2,596 comments) says:

    I will consider paying rates when Auckland Council OPENS THE BOOKS and in a proper ‘open, transparent and democratically accountable way’ shows exactly where Auckland Council Group public monies are being spent, invested and borrowed.

    Although some of you appear to be too thick to understand, or are arguably suffering from ‘willful blindness’, I’m actually making a stand on behalf of ALL citizens and ratepayers who think that the RULE OF LAW (namely the Local Government Act 2002 and Public Records Act 2005 should apply to the Auckland Council Group?

    Or perhaps you prefer the public majority of the Auckland region to be treated as a giant ‘ca$h cow’?

    All pay – no real say?

    You may be too gutless to stick up for yourselves, or make a stand on principle – I am not.

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption /anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’

    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate (looking forward to an Auckland Mayoral by-election)

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  23. publicwatchdog (2,596 comments) says:

    Seems you bothered to read my post Cameron Slater – why was that?

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright

    ‘Anti-corruption /anti-privatisation Public Watchdog’

    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate (looking forward to an Auckland Mayoral by-election)

    http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz

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  24. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    publicwatchdog (1,551) Says:
    October 27th, 2013 at 11:42 am
    Seems you bothered to read my post Cameron Slater – why was that?

    It is blatantly obvious by most things on Slater’s blog, that he only reads and sees the words he wants to. Balanced journalism is something Cameron Slater is yet to discover – it might be something to do with his adversity to scales.

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  25. UglyTruth (4,551 comments) says:

    RULE OF LAW (namely the Local Government Act 2002 and Public Records Act 2005…

    Legislation is not a part of the rule of law.

    Rule of law. A legal principle, of general application, sanctioned by the recognition of authorities, and usu­ally expressed in the form of a maxim or logical proposition. Called a “rule,” because in doubtful or unforeseen cases it is a guide or norm for their decision. The rule of law, sometimes called “the supremacy of law”, provides that decisions should be made by the application of known principles or laws without the intervention of discretion in their applica­tion.
    Blacks dictionary of law, 5th edition.

    http://www.lawfulpath.com/ref/bouvier/maxims.shtml

    MAXIM. An established principle or proposition. A principle of law universally admitted, as being just and consonant With reason.

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