A while back we heard a rumour that National had already printed its billboards for the Mt Albert campaign – with Melissa Lee as the candidate.
We decided not to run it. It was too implausible to think they would run the risk of doing that before they have their selection process tonight and name her as the candidate. Perhaps we were wrong:
National is holding a meeting in Auckland suburb Mt Albert this evening to select its candidate – but someone in the party has already decided who it is going to be.
The National Party Mainland Conference agenda lists Mt Albert candidate MP Melissa Lee as a speaker. – NZPA
Poor old Ravi. He never stood a chance.
UPDATE: And sure enough, Melissa Lee has been selected.