Labour’s strange choice of a Tukituki candidate

Labour’s candidate for the Tukituki electorate, Anna Lorck, is making headlines for all the wrong reasons – namely her tweet from 2011, when she wrote:

 “Can’t wait till Cunliff [sic] turns up in HB … we haven’t forgotten he sacked our DHB … he’s no leader, he’s a bully.”

The context is of course David Cunliffe’s 2008 sacking of the board of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.

If only that were the only problematic tweet. However, David Farrar highlights a few more from 2011:

August 31, 2011 – “Labour looked like they hired a rent-a-crowd to protest outside PM public meeting in Napier tonight. #provemewrong”

September 1, 2011 – “#5 child just told me that John Key is her man! Big talk for a 2yrs. Must have heard her mother and friends talking politics.”

Now everyone is entitled to change their viewpoint. I’ve got no problem with that. I do have a problem though with Labour’s selection process. When they sat Ms Lorck down for an interview and asked what skeletons she might have in her closet, she presumably told them about the tweets – after all, both the Labour hierarchy and National’s Tukituki MP, Craig Foss, seemed to be well aware of the tweets before they hit the local Hawke’s Bay rag. So did Labour not think that it might be a bad idea to select a candidate who had very publicly and aggressively gone for the Labour leader’s jugular in 2011, and whose tweets show that less than three years ago was a National sympathiser? Did Labour not think that some embarrassing headlines may occur? Or were the other applicants for the Tukituki candidacy even less credible?

Craig Foss will be laughing all the way to election day.

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