The distraught wife of Labour leadership contender David Cunliffe is behind a Twitter account that anonymously took aim at his rivals and critics.
Karen Price, a high-flying environmental lawyer, is understood to have started the @TarnBabe67 account on Saturday, the day Cunliffe indicated he would resign as Labour leader.
The account first attacked a newspaper for running candid pictures of the New Lynn MP, and went on to criticise others in the media. But the worst barbs were saved for those said to be in the “Anyone But Cunliffe” leadership faction, naming his rival Grant Robertson and MPs Trevor Mallard and Clayton Cosgrove.
It said Hutt South MP Mallard and list MP Cosgrove were “long past their use-by date”. “The jealousy of Cosgrove and Mallard knows no bounds.”
And it suggested MPs who did not back Cunliffe should be expelled from the party.
An anonymous Twitter account attacking Labour MPs, that is really run by the spouse of a senior MP. If it was the wife of a National MP, Nicky Hager would write a book about it, and call it Dirty Politics.
We’ve now had a supporter of Robertson demand Cunliffe leaves politics if he loses. And Cunliffe’s wife demanding MPs who do not back Cunliffe be expelled from the party. Does it matter who wins now, as it is becoming obvious the party can not be unified.