NewstalkZB reports Jim’s latest excuse:
Jim Anderton believes national politics had a big impact on his mayoralty campaign in Christchurch.
The Wigram MP came in almost 17,000 votes behind Bob Parker, who took more than 68,000 votes.
Mr Anderton says he’s almost certain there was a polarisation around party politics during the campaign and with Len Brown winning Auckland, it could have been seen as a seismic shift in national politics if he’d won as well.
So Jim lost because Len won.