It’s 9 months until polls close in the 2013 local body elections.
Len Brown has just been rated the 7th best mayor in the world. He failed the wharfies, but its not looking like there’ll be a big challenge to his Left.
So, who’s going to stand up from the Right? 9 months is no time to get the brand recognition needed to take the most powerful political job in the country outside Cabinet’s top 5 but there’s no sign of a frontrunner on the Right.
It might fall to Brewer, who’s got no shot. He was only the 5th highest polling councillor.
Where’s the real opponent, the candidate with the mana that Banks used to have?
Does no-one on the Right want to run because they’re sure to lose?
Meanwhile, the Left can concentrate on running winning campaigns for its council candidates.
Come 2014, with any luck we’ll have a Left government and a Left Auckland Council. Scary prospect for the Right, yet they seem to be running up the white flag already.