David Cunliffe continues to demonstrate his weakness as Labour leader by hiring staff he knows and trusts and appointing whips that haven’t publicly denounced him. Yesterday he appointed Auckland based lawyer Wendy Brandon as his Chief of Staff, but what’s interesting is that rumors of alternate candidates kept popping up in various places. Gallery journalists were tweeting that it was going to be Chris Harrington or, alternately, ‘some guy called Karl’, WhaleOil confidently announced that it was someone called Sarah Clark.
Maybe that was all just fabrication, but I wonder if Cunliffe and his team are employing a little counter-intelligence here, confidentially advising Labour MPs and staffers with bits of disinformation and then waiting to see which false rumors pop up where. If you tell one of your staffers something and it shows up on WhaleOil or Kiwiblog, that’s probably not someone with the best interests of the party at heart, which makes re-appointment decisions real easy.