National opens up nominations for the Tauranga seat by election today and I am sure there will be a slew of candidates seeking the position. After all last election it was one of National’s safest seats with Simon Bridges enjoying a thumping majority of 1,856 over Labour’s Jan Tinetti.
Times have changed however and National’s relentless negativity and the fact it has stopped disemboweling itself in public every week has seen its fortunes improve.
So I expect National to win the seat without any major issues unless the candidate does something really stupid. Given the calibre of recent selections there is a chance this could occur.
But who will the candidate be?
Will it be don’t you know who I am Aaron Gilmore?
Or a younger candidate with a particular skill of taping conversations of Parliamentary Staffers without their knowledge or consent and go for Todd Barclay?
Or will they go for the white supremacist youth vote and pick William Wood?
Or will they go full racist and select former MP Hamish Walker who memorially claimed last election that Indian, Pakistani and Korean Covid sufferers were ready to invade Queenstown?
Or how about this guy and his ability to reach out to teenagers using social media?
They could go for experience and select Nick Smith who has particular skills in worker relations, particularly with his own staff.
How about Jake Bezzant and his particular skills in the writing of fantasy curriculum vitaes?
Or how about this guy who has publicly stated that he wants to become a National MP and has been bitter and twisted ever since Ardern has become leader?
But if they want someone with national prominence who day in and day out sticks to National talking points and who does his best to make sure that National is returned to its rightful position as the ruler of all the plebs there can be only one candidate.
Will this person be National’s Tauranga candidate?