Mayor Celia Wade-Brown appears to be taking her use of the baubles of the mayoral office up a notch. On top of resisting the call to switch from the @WellingtonMayor twitter account for the campaign to her own @celiawbnz account, she has decided to make Town Hall her own campaign HQ.
In a move reminiscent of the Labour Party’s use of Parliamentary Services cash for its campaigns, Wade-Brown is listing 101 Wakefield St (Town Hall) as the authorisation and physical contact address for her campaign.
It is one thing to base your campaign around your record as the incumbent, and another entirely to blatantly utilise the actual Office of the Mayor for your campaign.
It reeks of a sense of entitlement that you would normally associate with Labour or National, rather than the Greens. It may well be totally legal to do this, but its the grubby, arrogant style of politics that is so common amongst those who have sat at the Council table for too long.
I hope the media actually start asking some questions.