Radio Live reports:
He’s only been in the job for a little over a week, but already new Green Party co-leader James Shaw is flexing his muscles.
It has not yet been announced who will take Mr Campbell’s position.
Mr Spagnolo had been chief of staff for eight years.
Metiria Turei has attacked Patrick Gower as sexist for tweeting the story:
— Metiria Turei (@metiria) June 8, 2015
In follow up tweets, Turei says it is sexist for suggesting that she was not part of the decision. It may be wrong to suggest that she did not concur, but that is an assumption over the fact it happened as Shaw became co-leader with her, not when her and Norman were co-leaders. I’m not sure calling gallery reporters sexist is a smart thing to do – especially as Gower didn’t even write the story – it’s a Radio Live story he tweeted.
As to the substance, well it is a significant change. Spagnolo is liked and respected – including by those in other parties he has worked with. But his replacement Andrew Campbell is also a very smart operator, and also quite reasonable and personable. Id’ say Spagnolo is the better policy and relationship manager, while Campbell is the more skilled political and communications guy. Both good at their jobs, but different skill sets.
It will be interesting to see who Campbell hires to replace himself.