Labour candidate denies being a Nat

June 23rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Hawke’s Bay Today reports:

candidate is rejecting a claim by her opponent, Craig Foss, that she was once a National supporter, despite a photograph of her with Prime Minister John Key tweeted in 2011.

Ms Lorck said yesterday that the tweet was posted from her personal Twitter account.

It included a photo of her and her daughter standing with Mr Key, but didn’t indicate she was once a National supporter.

The tweet said: “Big day for Augusta she like all the Frimley School choir just love our PM he seriously was like a rock star!” …

Asked if she was ever a National supporter, Ms Lorck said: “I’ve never been a member of the National Party.” However, the former PR consultant said she spent an hour on the phones encouraging people to vote on election day in 2011 after a member of Mr Foss’ campaign team asked her to.

She said that was not as a National Party supporter because party campaigning was not allowed on election day.

Umm, you’re volunteering for the National Party – that is supporting them. Sure you can’t advocate how people vote, but the people you are ringing are those identified as National supporters.

Ms Lorck drew criticism from the National Party, including Mr Key, earlier this year for another tweet, also posted in 2011, which called David Cunliffe, now her party’s leader, a “bully”.

So in total, Ms Lorck:

  1. Volunteered for National in 2011
  2. Tweeted favourably about John Key
  3. Called David Cunliffe a bully

I guess Labour didn’t have anyone else wanting to be the candidate in Tukituki!

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41 Responses to “Labour candidate denies being a Nat”

  1. Elaycee (4,333 comments) says:

    It hasn’t dawned on this numpty that social media has no ‘memory erase’ function???

    Sheesh….

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  2. seanmaitland (472 comments) says:

    She will make a perfect Labour politician – deny, deny, deny even when presented with overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Next step should be for her to accuse a National politician of the same thing and hound them until they resign from their job.

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  3. Barnsley Bill (982 comments) says:

    They are struggling for candidates in the no chance electorates. They have picked a Councillor one year into her council career in Northland. Has had her signs up for two weeks already, so a law breaking tiny trougher looking for a larger trough.

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  4. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    I’m guessing she’s actually very happy to have a picture in the media of her with Key.
    It’s got a much more positive association than would a pic of her with Cun’liffe.
    She might even pick up some votes from people mistaking her for a Nat.

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  5. jaba (2,096 comments) says:

    it’s pretty safe to say that National have a member hidden inside the Labour “machine” causing havoc so having another would have been good.

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  6. Enzo (44 comments) says:

    If Labour had not selected her because of these things you would have been writing about how terribly petty we are. This kind of thing certainly hasn’t stopped National selecting candidates like Wayne Mapp (former Labour Party member) or Tau Henare (what other party hasn’t he been in) in the past.

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  7. Alan (1,082 comments) says:

    When I read this story I was stunned how badly she’s handled it, the correct response was

    “Yes, I supported National and gave John Key the benefit of the doubt in 2011, however like many other Kiwis I feel badly let down by (insert whatever crap you want here) , Labours policies on (again, more crap doesn’t really matter) has brought home to me the need for change”

    It’s politics 101, to win you need to appeal to people who voted for your rivals in the past, she could have easily cast herself as a let down centre voter.

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  8. David Garrett (6,785 comments) says:

    What a stupid woman…It is quite possible in one’s journey through life to support different parties, even ones at the opposite end of the spectrum…My “journey” began with the SUP in 1975 (mainly to annoy my father); moved to Labour in the 80′s (I wanted Muldoon gone) to ACT in the 2000′s

    Except for some lunatics (I think Red might have been one) who suggested if I EVER supported a left party I couldn’t possibly stand for ACT, no-one had any problem with my earlier political history…This silly woman is making an issue where none need exist…

    Enzo & Alan: I agree completely…the problem is her stupid denials of ever having been a National supporter…

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  9. Captain Pugwash (98 comments) says:

    Hahaha, National takeover of Labour by stealth! You’ve given the game away. On the other hand Labour had been taken over by hard left wannabes & feminist academics, this will probably improve Labours chances!

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  10. shoreboy57 (137 comments) says:

    How’s that Labour list coming along – the one that was being released yesterday, no this morning, wait…

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  11. ross411 (296 comments) says:

    All this Labour news is getting tedious. When a horse is lame past fixing, you should shoot it and put it out of it’s misery. Not stand around and cringe at every painful twitch. Labour party MPs, it’s time to abandon ship! Your valuable efforts could be used in the Green party. I suggest David ‘collapser of limp political parties’ Cunliffe could find a good role there.

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  12. mike tan (433 comments) says:

    “When I read this story I was stunned how badly she’s handled it, the correct response was

    “Yes, I supported National and gave John Key the benefit of the doubt in 2011, however like many other Kiwis I feel badly let down by (insert whatever crap you want here) , Labours policies on (again, more crap doesn’t really matter) has brought home to me the need for change”

    It’s politics 101, to win you need to appeal to people who voted for your rivals in the past, she could have easily cast herself as a let down centre voter.”

    What makes this even better is that she is a former PR consultant :)

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  13. Redbaiter (8,032 comments) says:

    Pffffftttt………….

    Labour Nats Labour Nats labour Nats, what’s the real diff?

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  14. stigie (1,004 comments) says:

    No real difference Reddy….just a huge difference in the polls!~

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  15. Rich Prick (1,635 comments) says:

    “3. Called David Cunliffe a bully”

    But that wouldn’t really distinguish her from most if not any in Labour’s caucus.

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  16. Paulus (2,565 comments) says:

    Is the name spelt Lorke not Dorke ?

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  17. Alan (1,082 comments) says:

    Having given it 2 minutes more thought, something occurs to me.

    Politics is about largely about identity; people vote for and support people who they think are like them and who’s motives and desires they can understand. Her “never a Nat” speech isn’t aimed at voters, it’s aimed at Labour activists who she’s going to need in the future. Being seen as a former Nat support makes her forever untrustworthy to some elements.

    Labour isn’t talking to the people of NZ at this election, it’s largely talking to itself. It’s talking to it’s own factions. That’s why it’s doign so badly. The message is aimed at the wrong target.

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  18. TimG_Oz (924 comments) says:

    The irony is that if more Labour MPs said “We love the PM, we want to be just like him”, Labour’s vote would probably go up!

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  19. Redbaiter (8,032 comments) says:

    “My “journey” began with the SUP in 1975 (mainly to annoy my father); moved to Labour in the 80′s (I wanted Muldoon gone) to ACT in the 2000′s”

    So you’ve never been any kind of Conservative then.

    Self evident really.

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  20. mike tan (433 comments) says:

    Mr. Baiter,

    I just had a look at some airfares, it is roughly $800-$1,000 to fly one-way to Singapore. Just thought you may want to know :)

    Cheers

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  21. David Garrett (6,785 comments) says:

    Hold on Red…The only party on the right (just take a deep breath for a moment) I have never supported or been a member of is National…and according to you, they are “progs” so how does not ever being a supporter/member of them damage my credentials of right-ness?

    Or do you think the Nats, back in the halcyon days when Muldoon ran everything by regulation, and his cabinet hid in the toilet, were much more genuinely conservative, and therefore to your liking??

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  22. tas (596 comments) says:

    Shouldn’t Labour be happy to have converted a National supporter? That’s how you win elections.

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  23. Redbaiter (8,032 comments) says:

    “I just had a look at some airfares, it is roughly $800-$1,000 to fly one-way to Singapore. Just thought you may want to know ”

    Joe Stalin is the poster boy for people who would exile those who disagree with prevailing political wisdom Mike. Doesn’t surprise me to see you endorsing his policies.

    :) :) :) :) :) :)

    Fuckwit.

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  24. mike tan (433 comments) says:

    Mr. Baiter,

    You would obviously be leaving of your own volition so the analogy isn’t a fair one. I just thought that you were perhaps unaware of how relatively cheap it is to escape the totalitarian rule of New Zealand for the greener pastures of that bastion of freedom and all things good, Singapore. It may even be good for your health considering how riled up you get!

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  25. Redbaiter (8,032 comments) says:

    Why don’t you just keep your knuckle dragging politically one dimensional ignorance to yourself Mike?

    Save a lot of unnecessary exchanges.

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  26. stigie (1,004 comments) says:

    Reddy using smiley faces to the extreme….thought you hated those fuckers ?

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  27. David Garrett (6,785 comments) says:

    stigie: I think old Red literally makes up the rules as he goes along…Sad old man…reminds me a bit of that Ralph McTell song:

    “…looking at the world over the rim of his teacup…and each tea lasts an hour, and he wanders home alone”….

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  28. David Garrett (6,785 comments) says:

    Or perhaps another line from the same song: “one more forgotten hero…and a world that doesn’t care”…

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  29. Redbaiter (8,032 comments) says:

    It would only take a couple of brain cells to get the point of those 4 smilies, and I think Mike got it.

    Its no surprise that you two dipsticks didn’t.

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  30. stigie (1,004 comments) says:

    Wrong again Reddy, there were 6 smileys…but i guess you knew that !~

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  31. Redbaiter (8,032 comments) says:

    I make a deliberate mistake every now and the Stigie just so knuckle draggers like you have at least a small reason to feel good about yourselves and hang around.

    I’d get fuck all laughs if you went away.

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  32. ROJ (104 comments) says:

    Where is she on their published list? Either she’s below where Stuff has stopped wasting column inches at no. 64, or fantastically brave thinking to go it alone in the constituency?

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  33. ROJ (104 comments) says:

    Did anyone notice about the same time the list came out, the NZD jumped again?

    Must be some more bets going on the economy won’t be tanked by Labour after the election …

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  34. Judith (8,460 comments) says:

    How bloody ridiculous!

    Honestly, its time both our politicians and their commentators got real or at least got laid so they aren’t all so bloody uptight!

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  35. Crusader (295 comments) says:

    Labour rules are surely that it is compulsory to hate John Key, individually and personally, and to find anything he ever does a manifestation of evil. Even if he is nice to your daughter, it must be part of a grand plan of evilness and thus condemned.
    Such nice people.

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  36. thedavincimode (6,590 comments) says:

    Is Walter too stupid to realise that Mike was inviting him to fuck off to Singapore at his own expense? Or is the implicit assertion that Mike wanted him exiled just another lie?

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  37. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    Ralph McTell?? DG please…..

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  38. CharlieBrown (925 comments) says:

    Oh seems like the nats are trying to do what Labour have done to National and infiltrate them from the inside. Although, it pales in comparison, Helen Clark managed to get her agent elected as National leader then subsequently Prime Minister to carry on her legacy.

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  39. Changeiscoming (160 comments) says:

    Agree with Redbaiter – is there a difference?

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  40. Colville (2,191 comments) says:

    Yes there is a huge difference.

    National will never ever go into power holding hands with Russell Fucking Norman.

    and that boys and girls is enough reason for us all to vote for the wonderful Mr Key.

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  41. wiseowl (832 comments) says:

    Forgot what the thread was about for a minute.

    Lorke may actually pull back votes off Foss.He has been a poor representative for Hawkes Bay and a disappointment to many past National supporters.

    Lorke is better to look at to.

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