National MP Mark Mitchell has made the call not to stand for the Auckland mayoralty next year.
The MP for Whangaparaoa had been approached to stand next year, but said he had come to the conclusion he was a central government politician and wanted to stay to help National win the 2023 election.
This is a fascinating turn of events and probably hints at a move against Judith Collins is under way.
Mitchell’s look at the Auckland Mayoralty was mostly driven by the current stalemate for advancement that exists within National, if he has been talked out if running it will be because the next coup have promised him something.
It means the Right won’t find a candidate and just leaves David Shearer running.
If that’s the case, Auckland City Councillor Efeso Collins should run and force Auckland Labour to defend supporting a poor candidate like Shearer.
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