Clare Curran is yet another MP linked to Kim Dotcom and his mansion in Coatesville.
This came up yesterday amidst attention on Russel Norman and Winston Peters. Norman has admitted visiting Dotcom – see Russel Norman transcript with Duncan Garner – and it has been alleged that Peters has visited at least three times and Peter has refused to deny it.
Bill Ralston asked on Twitter:
It might be helpful if all politicians who have had talks with KDC declared their interest and what was discussed, who’s been with him & why.
Whale Oil replied:
Clare Curran and Jacinda Ardern.
Yes, Clare twice at least, plus rings him, Jacinda to be fair at social function only.
They were there…Curran at least twice, cabbed it once, driven once
So Ralston asked the MPs.
@clarecurranmp & @jacindaardern can you clarify @Whaleoil comment that you visited @KimDotcom. When, why and what was discussed please.
Strange. I haven’t heard anything back from
@clarecurranmp or @jacindaardern about their meetings with @KimDotcom Anyone heard anything?
@clarecurranmp confirm the number of meetings with @KimDotcom & what was discussed and @jacindaardern confirm Xmas lights the only time?
@clarecurranmp was on twitter just an hour ago. Must have got too busy to reply.
So we have
@winstonpeters @clarecurran and @jacindaardern too embarrassed to talk about their dealings with @KimDotcom OK. Got the picture.
To Jacinda Ardern:
You sure you didn’t go to a party at the mansion or a panto thingey and met him there?
Nope. He appeared via film footage the nights I was on stage. Just the good old Franklin Road Lights!
Ralston turns to Curran:
Thanks Jacinda, much appreciated. Now, where’s
Ok, I’ll come back tomorrow and see if
@clarecurranmp has come clean on how many Dotcom meetings and what was discussed. Somehow doubt it.
That was at 5.06 pm yesterday (12 February).
Curran made a general statement on Twitter 1t 10.30 pm.
In my work I’ve met
@kimdotcom 4 times, including at public events. In NZ it’s no crime to meet critics of the state.
So she hasn’t denied visiting him at his mansion nor denied phoning him.
It’s no crime of course. That sounds very defensive. But it is looking increasingly obvious that being connected to Dotcom is politically unwise.
Curran’s liaisons with Dotcom are interesting. They do have issues on the Internet and communications in common. And of course in defeating the current Government in this year’s election.
Doubts have been expressed about Curran’s position with Labour.
She is obviously out of favour with David Cunliffe. Curran had openly campaigned against Cunliffe becoming leader and Curran was involved in an incident with Cunliffe’s wife at the Dunedin leadership forum.
And she was also involved in another controversy during the leadership contest:
Ms Curran caused some controversy last week with an ill-timed comment on Twitter accusing opponents of Mr Robertson playing the ”gay card”.
Whether that comes back to bite her will be known early this week.
It did come back to bite. Cunliffe dropped Curran from 18 to 29 (out of 34) in the MP pecking order when he took over the Labour leadership.
Since then there have been suggestions that Curran could be dropped by Labour from her Dunedin South electorate. Audrey Young in NZ Herald/ODT on 18 December 2013.
Challenges of sitting electorate MPs are rare in most parties but Prime Minister John Key ousted sitting MP Brian Neeson in 2002 to get his candidacy for Helensville, and Judith Collins ousted Warren Kyd in Clevedon.
There has been speculation that National’s John Hayes could face a challenge in Wairarapa and that Labour’s Clare Curran could face a challenge in Dunedin South.
I have heard other suggestions of this possibility from Labour Party members. From Curran’s position in doubt in Dunedin South? posted on 27 December:
An interesting Public Notice on the ODT on Tuesday regarding Clare Curran’s electorate:
“The New Zealand Labour Party wishes to advise all Electorate, Branch and Affiliated members that nominations for the Dunedin South constituency remain open. The closing date has been amended and is now February 28 2014.”
This may be normal process, or it may be an indication that rumours of attempts to replace Curran within Labour have some substance.
Curran ousted sitting MP David Benson-Pope from candidacy in Dunedin South for the 2008 election.
She was demoted by David Cunliffe to 30 out of the 34 current Labour MPs.
An interesting comment on this from a Labour member from Dunedin:
No one, including myself, has put in a selection nomination against Clare Curran that I know of. More I cannot say at this stage
Interesting, especially the last bit.
I haven’t heard anything about this since.
Has Curran been sounding out the possibility of jumping from the Labour waka and standing for Dotcom’s Internet Party? Or is she looking for alternative options if she is pushed overboard by Labour?
Dotcom’s statement that he would “self-destruct” the Internet Party if it looked like missing the 5% mark must be discouraging for anyone considering standing for his party. It would be high risk with a likelihood of being career destroying. Dotcom has a growing reputation as a political wrecking ball.
I’ve asked her about this on Twitter this morning. I’ll update this post if I get a response.