It’s been interesting to watch the Nats’ smear machine switch focus from Len Brown to Andrew Williams in recent days. I guess that’s what you get for letting Cameron Slater become your de facto chief strategist. Slater is taking on Williams for a supercity seat, so he wants to target Williams when the only foe that should matter for the Right is Brown.
Or (the latest poll has Brown on 27% to John Banks’ 18%, 50% more support).
Certainly, this article in the Herald and the accompanying cartoon won’t help Banks one iota:
“For a moment there I thought there would be mayoral fisticuffs,” said mayoral contender Simon Prast, who said he saw Mr Williams leap from his pew and come within millimetres of Mr Banks.
“It was petty, personal and unbecoming of the office we are all aspiring to,” Mr Prast said.
Several witnesses to Wednesday night’s confrontation said Mr Banks was taking a question from the floor when Mr Williams interjected, telling him to “stop lying”.
Mr Banks retorted, “Stop drinking.”
North Shore ward candidate Chris Darby said Mr Williams went chest-to-chest with Mr Banks, who he said withdrew and went to sit down.
Mayoral candidate Colin Craig said Mr Banks had a vocal, one-eyed support team who constantly interrupted Mr Williams.
“It was extremely childish. There were no punches or anything physical involved other than the two were right in each other’s face.
“It was like two cocks in a cock fight.”
Mayoral candidate Penny Bright said it was a disgraceful display by Mr Banks and his National Party supporters.
Manukau Mayor Len Brown reportedly stepped in to calm things down.
So, Banks and Slater’s team of little rich boys in ill-fitting suits manages to make Brown look good. Nice one.