Story on the Lusk for power

Duncan Garner ran a Story story on Simon Lusk last night.

Shadowy political figure’s motto: ‘Dominate, intimidate and humiliate’

This was a risky assignment – heading into the bush to shoot wild dear with a political hitman carrying guns.

Simon Lusk is ruthless, remorseless and has no boundaries.

He’s a hunter, a fisherman, and a shadowy, secretive and mysterious backroom political operator.

People pay him to win – to take out their opponents – and he calls himself a profession political campaigner.

He is best friends with controversial blogger Cameron Slater and this is their game.

Mr Lusk has been anonymous in many campaigns but has a massive reputation, is low-profile and is supremely confident.

Story went to investigate this figure whose motto is to ‘dominate, intimidate and humiliate’ and discovered who his next target is.

His next target was named as Phil Twyford. He claimed credit for Hone Harawira losing Te Tai Tokerau last election – but Kim Dotcom might claim that dubious honour.

Lusk also said he expected Paula Bennett to be National’s next leader, and that Judith Collins had blown her chance.

Has even Lusk cut off Cameron Slater, who has still been promoting Collins and attacking Bennett?

Lusk hit jobs used to provide Slater income but the blog begging bowl seems to predomionate there now.

While dirty politics Lusk style will never disappear altogether I think his influence is over-rated (by himself), and with increasing sunlight on murky political dealings politicians with a view to future prospects will be more wary of doing business with the politically toxic.

Hamish Price is obviously not a fan:

Simon is a bit of a fantasist, actually. Many of his candidates and campaigns have flopped.

I’ve only spoken to Simon once, when I taunted him about a campaign he’d just lost. Doesn’t speak much.

His disastrous vote for change anti-MMP campaign being the most visible.

His nutty plan to take over the public service didn’t demonstrate a lot of political brilliance.

The Brash coup in Act was after Lusk had ostracised himself from the Nats.

Lusk has come out of the shadows now because his pitches for sleazy local body campaigns haven’t won any business.

Lusk is legitimate light entertainment. A great political parody.

He’s a blundering assassin who tends to shoot himself and his hunting partner in the feet most often.

Slater goes hunting with him.

Garner disappointed me at the end, seeming to accept the dirty lusk for power as just part of the game. W\e don’t need to accept that nonsense.

While they score a few victories they seem to be self defeating anyway.

UPDATE: For previous exposure of Lusk see Seriously happy to upset the status quo (Andrea Vance, May 2013)