Len Brown’s chances of re-election appear to be miniscule. Bernard Orsman in the Herald reported this morning:
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has lost the backing of key members of his campaign team, who are turning their attention to other left-leaning candidates at next year’s local body elections.
The Herald has learned of a meeting last month where key campaign and mayoral advisers delivered the “blunt message” to Mr Brown that he has no chance of winning and should step down.
Mr Brown was told he would receive no financial backing, political support or volunteers to erect billboards and deliver pamphlets for a campaign where his sex life would be centre stage.
The article mentions talks being held between some of Brown’s former supporters and Phil Goff and deputy mayor Penny Hulse is also mentioned as possible options. Goff should have the inside running. Use of the Labour machine in South Auckland the isthmus and West Auckland will be important and probably determine the outcome and Goff is sure to get this support.
Meanwhile on the right talk is about washed up politicians John Banks and Michael Barnett having a go for the mayoralty. Neither would succeed.
Brown has said he will announce his intentions a year out from the next election. There are rumours that he has been polling to gauge support. Expect things to come to a head sooner than that.