Labour fossil Trevor Mallard was pushed hard by National’s young gun Chris Bishop last election, ending up holding on by 709 votes, down from a majority of 4,825 votes (to Paul Quinn) in 2011.
This time round Mallard has thrown in the electorate towel and has chosen to stand on the list only. He is aiming for the job of Speaker. He will be hoping for a high enough list placing to get him into the big chair in Parliament.
Standing for Labour this year will be Ginny Andersen, who for some reason has moved from Ohariu where she came close to Peter Dunne in 2014.
Mallard must have forgotten that he is trying to look respectful and behave like he has put his maverick mud throwing days behind him yesterday. He took a dirty swipe at Bishop on Twitter:
Also on Facebook:
He seems to already fancy himself with the Speaker’s chair in his Facebook profile. Associating that sort of comment with Parliament and the Speaker is not a good look.
He has edited that Facebook comment to now just read “Kids help keep my successor grounded.”
And his Tweet has now been deleted. A bit of social media flak seems to have prompted him to remove his ill considered comments.
This sort of ill discipline may not help his list chances, and is as likely to damage Andersen’s electorate chances as help them.
Someone who was first elected to Parliament in 1984 should know better. At least he has apologised.