Can there be two more monstrous dirty politics operatives than Lusk and Palino?
News they are teaming up in Auckland for a run at the mayoralty should genuinely concern every New Zealander.
Let us remind everyone of the recent past of these two political sadists.
Lusk’s weird love of destroying people that he shared with Slater is well documented in Hager’s Dirty Politics. He has detailed that his political strategy is to inject venom into politics so that ordinary voters who can’t stand the sleaze don’t vote leaving the minority to win.
- Lusk and Slater charge aspiring National politicians to help them win candidate selection in National safe-seats by running attack campaigns against their opponents.
- The book documents an extensive smear campaign in the Rodney electorate in 2011, in which Lusk and Slater successfully elected their client Mark Mitchell, who is now the MP for Rodney.
- Lusk and Slater, and Jordan Williams routinely game the iPredict site, spending small amounts of money to move the prices around and then blogging about the movements.
- Lusk was hired by Brash to help replace Rodney Hide as leader of the ACT Party. Lusk – evidently without Brash’s knowledge – found out from Jordan Williams that Rodney Hide had been sending ‘dodgy texts’ to a young woman. Slater published hints about this on his blog and Lusk proposed that they approach Hide quietly and ‘tell Hide that someone had the texts and will release them if he doesn’t resign by Friday’. Hide resigned.
Garner alleges that Lusk took money to bribe Maori voters to vote against Hone Harawira.
Later in Story last Monday, TV3 reporters quizzed several MPs in Parliament about their relationships with Simon Lusk. The discomfort of some was clear. Evidently the exposure of Dirty Politics hasn’t scared off all his political clients. Duncan Garner also revealed supporters of Labour’s Napier MP Stewart Nash paid Simon Lusk to canvas the option of a new political party, and that Simon Lusk had told him Labour MP Phil Twyford would be his next target.
Simon Lusk also claimed on Story he had been instrumental in unseating Mana Party co-leader Hone Harawira in the last election. Unnamed “businessmen” had paid thousands for that, he said. And in conversation with his co-host last Monday, Duncan Garner said money had been paid to get Maori electors to vote in Te Tai Tokerau.
Lusk is a political strategist who is so dangerous the National Party tried to formally push him and Slater away in 2013…
National turns on hard right advisor
Simon Lusk pushed to get rid of the “wet wing” and make sure MPs obeyed donors. Now a leaker has revealed his agenda in an attempt to discredit him
Leaked documents written by a political strategist who has trained National MPs set out a vision for taking the party to the right of the political spectrum, tripling donations to $6 million a year and using donations and government jobs as inducements to control MPs.
Which brings us to the candidate…
The Brown-Chuang-Palino rom-com became a cross between the Sopranos & the Clintons with more slimy details of this affair sinking it into another level of the sewer. Turns out after denying any knowledge of anything, Palino actually met with Chuang late night in a carpark two days before Slater announced the odious details on his toxic blog.
We all meet people we barely know late at night in carparks for chit chat n stuff eh?
Palino went from “I know nothing”, to “I know something” in the space of days.
We need to also believe that Slater mentioned nothing of this to his father, John Slater who was Palino’s campaign manager and that Luigi, a staff member for Palino, who went to Slater’s Candidate Camp, didn’t mention any of this to anyone. None of this nest of gossiping vipers spoke to anyone else about a goal they all seemed to be moving towards is something that requires large amounts of medical morphine to make convincing.
And what about Luigi Wewege?
What kind of person sleeps with a woman to use that relationship as leverage to pressure them into sleeping with the Mayor and record it? Why National Party wannabes, that’s who…
Luigi Wewege: Morning babe … Probable going to have to go back to bed shortly. Wanna come over for a morning f***?
Bev Lolibee: Baby I’m out to put up more hoardings, sorry. xox
Luigi Wewege: Baby you get an incriminating text from Lenny.B and John said he would give me off every weekend until the election! [happy face]
Bev Lolibee: I can’t get anything from Len. Text, phone call, nothing. So please stop asking and giving me pressure.
Bev Lolibee: And really very disappointed with you. All you cared about is how I can help you get incriminting evidence so John can win. You’ve never ever considered my feelings or my situations. Actions speak louder than words. My love for you is unconditional. And if you can’t do that, stop telling me you love me if you don’t.
Luigi Wewege: Don’t worry you don’t have to see me on Saturday.
Luigi Wewege comes across like one of those cretinous social climbing slime balls that pollute the Young Nat landscape like metastasizing cancer tumors in a smoker’s lungs. His ingratiatingly greasy photo ops with anyone he thought could help him up the National Party hierarchy are as contemptuous as they are revolting. How this kind of carcnogenic arsehole can gain political traction is something the Surgeon General should be called upon to investigate. Luigi Wewege should come with some kind of health warning, ‘May cause you to read Whaleoil’.
So we have a political operative with all the business ethics of a drug cartel teaming up with a candidate so emerged in the Dirty Politics around using Len’s affair for political gain it is extraordinary that he has the gall to offer himself up for Auckland’s mayoralty again.
Expect to see a dirty campaign against Phil Goff the likes of which we have never seen.