Political commentator and lobbyist Matthew Hooton has
ruled out standing for Act in Epsom at this year's general
In an column published online on the National Business Review
this afternoon, Mr Hooton also said he would not set up a new
right wing political party as had also been speculated.
Mr Hooton said Act needed to stand on its own two feet and
differentiate itself from National rather being perceived as
"a subsidiary of the bigger brand".
"The people to take it forward are those with history in the
party, not ring-ins from National, like Don Brash, John
Banks, Michelle Boag or me".
Mr Hooton endorsed management consultant Jamie Whyte who is
seeking both the Act leadership and the Epsom nomination as
the best choice for leader and long-time Act member David
Seymour as the best choice to stand in Epsom.
"Both are undoubtedly Act deep in their souls, not mere
darker shades of National blue."
Mr Hooton's column comes a day after former Act Leader and
Epsom MP Rodney Hide used his Herald On Sunday column to
announce he would not seek the nomination.
Other than Mr Whyte and Mr Seymour who have confirmed they
will seek the nod for Act in Epsom, former Act President
Chris Simmons is also considering running for the job.