Gee those National dissidents know how to leak.
The Herald has run this interesting story about how Todd Muller’s office had to get a safe cracker to open a safe previously used by Simon Bridges.
From David Fisher at the Herald:
When Todd Muller took over as leader of the National Party, his staff couldn’t access the secure safe in the Leader of the Opposition’s office.
Muller’s office has confirmed to the Herald that they turned to a safe cracker to bust it open.
It has now emerged that cracking open the safe – and replacing it with an undamaged safe – was unnecessary because Muller’s office had the combination all along.
Muller was asked to comment and gave a really weird response, as if he was trying to deny what had happened even though he knew it had but he did not want to tell a lie.
The Herald contacted Muller to ask about issues with accessing the safe. He said: “I’m not visible to details like that.”
Told the chain of events and asked if they were familiar, he said: “That wouldn’t particularly surprise me that it’s not familiar to me.” Muller then said he needed to go to take another call.
Since then, Muller’s chief media adviser Janet Wilson has confirmed the chain of events.
And it appears they tried to blame Bridges’ staff. Which led to this rather terse response from Bridges’ former chief of staff Jamie Gray:
Gray rejected any suggestion Muller’s office did not have the codes to the safe. He said he had personally provided the codes to an individual working in Muller’s office.
He said he had been asked for the codes on May 28 – during Muller’s first full week in the job – and provided the codes the following day.
“I reject any claim that I withheld the codes to the safe in the leader’s office.”
What is interesting is that this story has surfaced during a week when Muller and National have actually done quite well. The National caucus is clearly not a happy place right now.