Veteran political organiser Matt McCarten is putting his hat in the ring for the upcoming Mana by-election.
The outspoken union boss, who announced in September he is battling cancer, will stand against Labour selection Kris Faa’foi, National MP Hekia Parata and Green Party candidate Jan Logie.
His announcement comes on the last day for candidate nominations.
I think electorate voters are unlikely to select an MP with metastasising bowel cancer even if he is Matt McCarten (who is less well known down here than in Auckland).
So I think the impact on Labour’s vote will be minimal unless he becomes a form of protest vote which – if it were significant – would lead to a National victory. I guess McCarten sees it as a platform to campaign for workers rights.
The howls of treason from The Standard are going to be amusing: they had a post on Mana a few days ago with interesting comments from someone calling themself ‘Swordfish’, who is obviously an organiser on Kris Faafoi’s campaign.