The Herald reports:
Damian Light is believed to be the first openly gay leader of a political party in New Zealand.
By “turning the worm” in a television debate, Peter Dunne lifted the fortunes of United Future.
By turning heads as “New Zealand’s Ryan Gosling” in a television debate, Damian Light hopes to do the same.
The 33-year-old Light was announced as new leader of United Future after Dunne’s unexpected retirement from politics less than three weeks’ ago.
In all honesty, not many people outside the party faithful took notice; even though Light is believed to be the first openly gay leader of a political party in New Zealand history.
That changed when Light was thrust into the limelight of the TVNZ election debate for the leaders of minor parties on Friday night.
His good looks – compared with Hollywood star Gosling – caught the attention of social media with “Damian Light” trending on Twitter and the United Future website crashing from the surge in internet traffic.
Heh I suspect their website doesn’t normally get a lot of hits.