Self described tough man Leo Molloy has found the going too tough and has pulled out of the Auckland mayoralty race. The cause was allegedly the release of a Curia poll which showed Molloy’s support sagging. From Radio New Zealand:
Auckland businessman Leo Molloy has pulled out of the Auckland mayoralty race.
Molloy said polls suggested he would not win the election.
Withdrawing was the “right thing to do for the city”, he said.
“I’m deciding to withdraw immediately and, in doing so, potentially help other candidates – who won’t do as a good a job as I would have – but at least will be better than the dispiriting status quo we’ve had under Phil Goff and this Labour mayoralty,” Molloy said in a statement.
“Cowboys don’t cry. I’m getting on with my other life as a hospo legend,” the statement said.
Molloy did not endorse another candidate but said he may do so once he had scrutinised their policies in more detail.
The report suggested that Ted Johnson was performing remarkably well and was reacking 6% support which is a surprise. It is likely that he is eating into Efeso’s support. Johnson is also Samoan and is based in South Auckland.
Wayne Brown is second on 19% and Viv Beck’s support also dropped to 13%.
Nominations have just closed and it will be interesting to see who else puts up their hand.