Goff has the early advantage of name recognition but that in itself could be a disadvantage given his name is recognised for all the wrong reasons. He is a career politician who has fed at the public trough all his life. He got as far as leading the Labour Party but was a such a dismal failure that he only lasted three years in the job. He is widely seen as part of the problem that has led to the long term decline in the Party’s political fortunes. In other words he is a has-been who is well past his use by date. Labour treating Auckland as a sinecure for central government retirees won’t sit well with voters.
Crone, by contrast, would bring no political baggage to the job, a definite plus given the jaundiced view the public has of politicians, has had a very successful career in business, and is young, attractive and dynamic. With enough backing from the centre right, which basically means having enough money to lift her public profile, she could be a formidable opponent to the tainted Goff.
What matters every bit as much as having a strong candidate is having a majority of Councillors who will back a leader they trust, especially around fiscal responsibility and ratepayer representation. To this end the newly formed Auckland Future group is concentrating their firepower on getting centre right Councillors into the various wards. Auckland Future backing for candidates will come with the understanding that they exercise collective responsibility when voting. So far many ostensibly centre wing Councillors have voted with Len Brown and his heavily Socialist agenda. Just why they have done so remains a mystery, but those who voted for 10% pa rates rises might well find their days numbered.
The whole centre right strategy could be thrown into disarray if another strong player, say John Banks, who has not yet ruled out a challenge, throws their hat into the ring. Banks is a shrewd operator who has excellent credentials for the job. If it appears Crone is getting no traction he might well consider another tilt at the mayoralty.
The Labour dirty tricks political machine is already gearing up to try and smear Victoria’s reputation for sound financial management, but with the Christmas holidays coming up, they will have to wait until February to oil that nasty piece of their machinery.
Announcing Victoria Crone’s candidacy just before the silly season when there is no news coming out of Council apart from the inevitable rates rises to be voted on this Thursday should give Crone the media attention she needs to start lifting her profile. So far left wing mainstream media have relegated Crone to the business pages. They might not be able to do so for much longer.
Goff is Len on steroids
Digging deeper into ratepayers’ pockets is not an option
Crone has the creds for Mayor