Whale Oil’s Palino problems

Whale Oil has a number of tricky problems with John Palino’s second bid for the Auckland mayoralty.

Whale Oil broke the Len Brown affair story following the last election, and Palino’s first attempt since then to distance himself from attempts to force Brown out of office and promote Palino after coming a distance second in the election was a bit of a train wreck.

While Palino claims that Cameron Slater is not on his campaign team Slater is reported to have arranged a recent interview between Palino and Fairfax, and long time associates of Slater, Simon Lusk and Carrick Graham, are leading Palino’s campaign.

Lusk and Graham have used Whale Oil inn the past to promote things and to attack people.

Whale Oil has already run a number of attacks on other mayoral candidates, particularly current front runners Phil Goff and Vic Crone but he has also trashed Mark Thomas.

In the past Slater has been highly critical of Palino, having once said “He’s severely tainted and doesn’t deserve to have a second go, no matter how early his image revitalisation run is started” – see Slater: “Palino…severely tainted”.

But Slater has done a u-turn, unsurprisingly promoting Palino (and criticising Goff and Crone) following yesterday’s launch – Now Aucklanders have a choice…rates increases or rates decreases.

But even this received a lukewarm and critical response in comments.

Now anything posted on Whale Oil regarding the mayoralty will be viewed with even more suspicion than usual as to the motives, and whether content is being paid for by Palino’s campaign or not.

Any ‘tips’ and scoops will be scrutinised more for their likely source than their content.

As far as the mayoralty goes it’s hard to see and credible journalism or “Whale Oil Media”.

And the mainstream media – an essential component of a political campaign – are not going to do Whale Oil nor Palino any favours.

Whale Oil and Slater are as severely tainted as Palino.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Mike C

     /  1st March 2016

    Slater&Co don’t give a rats arse about Palino.

    This looks to me as simply being a case of Slater taking Palino’s money and doing a runner at the end of the campaign.

    When was the last time we saw Slater care about any politician aside from his beloved Judith.

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    • jamie

       /  1st March 2016

      It’s not a matter of caring about politicians – it’s a matter of being paid to pretend to care.

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  2. Palino came across as politically naive, daft and foreign under Rebecca Wright’s questioning. If he carries one nearly crying in anger over a few simple questions like that imagine having him at the helm. It doesn’t matter how much HE rates Lusk et al, the perception of their involvement is damaging. To paraphrase he went as far as saying” Lusk was the best campaign operator in NZ”. I voted for him last time because if the dearth of alternatives on the right, but I’ll be backing Crone at this stage. I won’t support anyone Slater endorses. Ask Judith – that team are the Kiss of Death.

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    • excuse typos

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    • Mike C

       /  1st March 2016

      @Traveller

      If Lusk really was a good campaign manager … then Lusk would have prepared Palino well in advance for the inevitable onslaught of questioning by the News Media.

      It was Lusks responsibility to sit down with Palino several times prior to the Campaign launch … and do practice runs of the types of questions that the journalists were bound to ask … and how Palino should respond.

      The fact that Lusk didn’t do that with his client … shows that he is not very good at his job.

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      • Dougal

         /  1st March 2016

        Either that or Palino’s naivety took over. He’s the “Kitchen Job” guy who takes no crap from anybody. Learning how to take crap is a significant part of becoming a successful politician. I’m sure Lusk will have without doubt schooled him but the red mist descended and it was all over at that point.

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      • Hel

         /  1st March 2016

        He would have told Palino to behave precisely the way he did. You haven’t read the Lusk play book.

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        • Mike C

           /  1st March 2016

          @Hel

          If Lusk and Palino think that will win the Auckland Mayoralty … then they are delusional. LOL 🙂

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        • Sure the “I wasn’t the one caught with my pants down in the Ngati Whatua” was straight from Lusk/Slater manual. I’m sure the pouting cry baby look wasn’t in the script. 😉

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  3. Patzcuaro

     /  1st March 2016

    Palino’s problem dates back to the fact that he didn’t front after the last mayoral election. If he had this would be old news but he didn’t.

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  4. Pantsdownbrown

     /  1st March 2016

    I think this shows what is an on-going problem for this country and that is attracting decent, competent candidates to central and local body politics.

    Key has/had no challengers (and god only knows who the next PM will be) and this sorry race for the Auckland mayoralty is a case of trying to find the best of a very bad bunch.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  1st March 2016

      Usually the voters get the candidates they deserve though occasionally they get someone they don’t deserve – either much better or much worse. Unfortunately I think they deserve Goff and will probably get him and Auckland will flounder along as usual.

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  1st March 2016

        Gosh, you’ve really got me to thinking now Al……

        As soon as Wayne gets home, I’m going to suggest he should throw his hat in the ring

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