The Daily Blog tipline is running hot with the behind the scenes machinations of the the recent Labour Party candidates nomination in Ikaroa-Rawhiti.
The biggest loser in all of this has been Shane Taurima’s media career. He would not have made such a large jump if he hadn’t been promised the seat by the leadership. Being outplayed by Meka Whatiri wasn’t calculated in (hence David Shearer’s promise to include ‘candidates’ on the Party list for 2014).
Communications to the tipline suggest that Meka beat Shane by only one vote after Meka’s very own brother was elected from the floor of the meeting to vote, meaning Meka won by a pretty narrow margin against the wishes of the leadership in a manner to have everyone else’s nose out of joint.
How far out of joint? Well the third runner up, Henare O’Keefe’s stronghold of Flaxmere was the biggest polling station in the last election and his turn out will be vital for Labour Party success and he isn’t happy.
The media haven’t focused on it, but there has been blood on the floor of this candidate selection and that could spell a lackluster level of support if some quick talking behind the scenes management isn’t entered into quickly.
The by-election will be fascinating.