Woodhouse denies endorsing Top man

Michael Woodhouse. Photo: ODT files
Michael Woodhouse. Photo: ODT files
If The Opportunities Party (Top) candidate Ben Peters was momentarily backed by National’s Michael Woodhouse for the Dunedin electorate, it is no longer the case.

Sunday’s candidates debate at the Opoho Presbyterian Church was peppered with humour and teasing. And jibes carried over into the next day.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Dr Peters said: "Michael Woodhouse spoke after me and asked the audience to also vote Ben Peters in the Dunedin electorate. It's a two-horse race now!"

Mr Woodhouse’s interpretation was rather different.

"Nothing I said should be construed as an endorsement of the Top candidate," Mr Woodhouse said.

The National candidate said he made a flippant comment aimed at Labour’s David Clark, concerning the relative importance of the party vote, compared with the electorate vote.

"Frankly, the best candidate for Dunedin would be me," Mr Woodhouse said yesterday.

"The real point is that I’m seeking the party vote for National."

Dr Peters said his initial reaction to Mr Woodhouse’s comment during the debate was pleasant surprise.

He also got in a one-liner about both Mr Woodhouse and Dr Clark in the debate, pointing out they had each been demoted by their parties.




Don't expect intelligent comments, or honesty, from a National Party politician. The party goes to great lengths to keep people who would be that radical out.
Well, that's my theory for why the party is full of the sort of people it is full of.

This particular gentleman has a very selective ability to make sound decisions. The mere fact that he keeps making bad calls and being implicated in less than stellar actions suggests he is not practicing the exemplary behaviour that he expects of everyone else. Worse still he seems to have very selective memory as well.






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