Conservative leader Colin Craig has just lost his press secretary of two years:
Rachel MacGregor has told Newstalk ZB she’s left the party as of this morning.
Our political editor Barry Soper says she is very upset and has taken public relations advice.
“Colin Craig does campaign on being this wholesome, out there sort of a bloke, that’s all encompassing, that really is the sort of person we should be looking up to.
“Now if he can’t get his own house in order in terms of staff in the Conservative Party then you’ve got to ask questions.”
Barry Soper says this will damage the Conservative Party brand.
Soper just told Leighton Smith he’d talked to her and she was in tears.
Whatever the truth of this is, it will do the party no good.
It is on 4% in Colin James’ poll of polls.
If it doesn’t make the 5% threshold those votes will be distributed to parties which do.
A friend was talking to a woman about this yesterday. When she realised her vote for the Conservatives might end up helping Labour and the Green Party get an extra MP she was horrified.