. . . it would be:
1. Don Brash.
2. Cathy Odgers.
3. John Bowscawen
It gets difficult after that. I don’t know enough about any of the other candidates to know if Don Nicolson should come next and I’m not sure his abrasive style would help foster the much-needed unity in Act’s caucus.
If John Banks can’t win Epsom he’ll have failed his party and its supporters and therefore should be well down the list or better still not on it at all.
The list will be announced at 3pm.
The list has 27 places the top 10 are:
1. Dr Don Brash
2. Hon John Boscawen
4. Don Nicolson
5. Hon John Banks
6. David Seymour
7. Chris Simmons
8. Stephen Whittington
9. Kath McCabe
10. Robyn Stent
Kiwiblog has the percentage of party vote needed for each to get in. On current polling, if Banks wins Epsom they’d just get a couple.
The party usually does better in the election than polls and the yet to be confirmed #3 might be someone who can broaden the party’s appeal.
Roarprawn reckons the list shows Act of old.
Whaleoil has more from his tipline.
It’s official – Cathy Odgers, who is better known as Cactus Kate, has confirmed she’s put her name forward to be a candidate for Act.
Seeking to be a candidate is the just first step on the journey to becoming an MP. But she has professional qualifications which could be useful in parliament and she is young and female which contrasts with other current and potential Act MPs.
The biggest asset she bring to her party is loyalty, a quality which has been sadly lacking among Act MPs in recent times. In her own words:
Loyalty to the Leader of ACT and focus on the ACT Party principles is paramount in any potential candidate. ACT is a small party and in 2011 it has to be a unified party of qualified, motivated candidates heading into the election. I support Don Brash as Leader of ACT and I support unequivocally the campaign management team and Board.
No doubt the left is combing her blog to throw her words back at her but she doesn’t resile from them and points readers to Deborah Hill-Cone who wrote:
Then there is acerbic blogger Cactus Kate, who positions herself as dangerously prickly but is actually a very kind person, in private, when no one’s looking.
Those on the pink to red end of the political spectrum like to think they’re the only ones with compassion. They’re wrong, there is at least as much compassion on the blue end.
Many of the differences over politics aren’t about the goal but the journey and how best to pay for the trip.
I am not an Act support and Cathy’s candidacy won’t change my voting preference. But one of the virtues of MMP is that it enables a wider range of views to be represented in parliament and having Cathy as a candidate could help the party broaden its support.
Roarprawn said it first – Hong Kong based lawyer Cathy Odgers was going to become an Act candidate.
Audrey Young takes up the story today:
Cathy Odgers, the author of the acerbic website Cactus Kate, is expected to be approved today as an Act candidate – one of the reasons sitting MP Heather Roy is likely to today announce she will stand down at this year’s election.
I know Cathy only though her blog and a few blogging related emails but she has one very good characteristic for an aspiring MP – loyalty to her party and its leader:
. . . politics must be about loyalty to the Party and that means publicly to its Leader while that person is still the Leader. If you are going to stab them then let it be in the front and behind closed doors in an appropriate party forum. And let it stay in that room.
Act has a reputation for disunity and as the party for old(er) men. Cathy’s candidacy will make a difference.
I wonder if her candidacy might also increase the chances of Rodney Hide staying on as a candidate for Act?
Roarprawn says Roy was dumped and Keeping Stock asks is Cactus Act’s prickly solution?