National list MP and Kelston candidate Claudette has announced that she is resigning from politics. In a tersely worded press release she has confirmed that she will not stand again and that she will not make any further statement.
This morning as I drove around West Auckland in the Kelston electorate I noted how there were no Hauiti billboards up although there were plenty of generic National billboards up. Then the news broke. It seems that the decision was made a little while ago.
No doubt the decision was made because of her recent difficulties with her Parliamentary credit card. I understand that there may have been aspects of her explanation that were, ahem, inaccurate and that further news was going to break. So efficiently and effectively National has ended her parliamentary career. Like all of the other National MPs who have retired she has gone quietly. It makes you wonder if the rumours about the means of persuasion are correct.
She was up against it. I understand she was number 57 on the National list and she is standing against Carmel Sepuloni who is a very talented and capable campaigner. Hauiti had been moved out of her home seat of Mangere so that National could pretend to be socially conservative on social issues. She also had a previous mishap where she employed her civil union partner in breach of Parliamentary rules.
Her replacement will be interesting. The rumour is that Elizabeth McEwan will be their candidate. I wonder if they are thinking of doing a deal with Colin Craig to stand here instead?
Hauiti had to go because she broke the basic rule of politics. National hate it when their individual MPs remind people that National is only there to look after themselves and the privileged few at the expense of Kiwis.