Adolf congratulates Jami-Lee Ross on his selection as National Party candidate for Botany.
He will be a superb Member of Parliament if he wins the by election - and commentators seem to think there is little doubt he will.
A couple of idle thoughts.
- Whaleoil will be very pleased. I'm sure Whale will enjoy much sport during the Botany campaign and I hope he becomes part of Mr Ross's parliamentary/electorate team in the event of a win. Now THAT would really make his detractors spew bile for weeks.
- This selection by National shows how irrelevant have become the Maori seats in Parliament. Here is yet another successful young Maori person who has gained selection against all comers and has won entirely on his merits.
- Where will this young man be in fifteen years' time? I hope I'm still around to see.
Best of luck for your campaign and parliamentary future.
Give it to Labour just the same way you have given it to Lyen Brown these last few years.
From the Herald:-
Mr Ross was elected to the Manukau City Council in 2004. On the new Auckland Council, he is co-leader of the right-wing Citizens & Ratepayers group and is the youngest councillor.
Also last night, the Labour Party chose Michael Wood, a member of the Puketapapa Local Board, as its candidate for the byelection.
Mr Wood, a former union organiser, was Labour's candidate in Pakuranga in 2002 and 2005.
A born loser versus a consistent winner.