Mr. Brown…it’s time to go

len brown pantsSo Mayor Len Brown has royally stuffed up and lost the confidence of his council and says he has to now do a “good deal of work to regain their trust and rebuild our working relationships in the interests of Auckland.”

Len Brown was in a meeting where there was “full, frank and robust discussion” where he also went on to say of regaining the trust of his councillors that “This is my focus, starting today”.

Look I’m not a crass person, but the only way I can describe what I am feeling is that Len Brown spent 2 years screwing his mistress and now he is screwing Auckland. Remember he said that rebuilding his relationships with councillors is now his ‘focus’, not a ‘desire’ or ‘would be best’ but his ‘focus’ all because he couldn’t keep it in his pants.

I want the mayor of my city to be focused on the issues of the city he was elected to oversee…not rebuilding broken relationships.

I also was listening to Sean Plunket this morning and someone brought up the word ‘corruption’ which made me think. That old adage of how many times do you need to steal to be a thief? Answer ‘once’. Then if you look at the definition of corruption

“dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power”

You have to draw the logical conclusion that Mayor Len Brown is corrupt. He may cry, as the left footers do, ‘mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa’ (“through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault“) but what he has done is the definition of corruption (let alone the credit card situation when he was the Mayor of Manukau). So let me ask you the question, how many times do you need to commit a corrupt act (even unwittingly) to be corrupt?

For the first time I’ll say it…because of the fact that Len Brown’s focus is not Auckland, but rebuilding relationships that he himself ruined and because for ever more the words ‘corrupt’ and ‘Len’s Brown’s mistress’ will swirl around him, it is time he stood down.

I have written before about why Len Brown’s infidelity should matter to Aucklanders which you can see here but I am now resolute in my position.

Auckland deserves better than a Mayor that the current incarnation of Len Brown.

Why Len Brown’s Affair Should Matter to the Public

I have been reading with great interest the conversations over the last few days about whether Len Brown’s affair should impact his political career. That is an interesting question but what we need politicians to know is that what happens ‘behind closed doors’ does actually matter.

Here’s why.

Politicians ‘sell’ an image, people vote on that image, if that image is false then voters have been somewhat hoodwinked. If you set yourself a public ‘standard’ and then fall short of that standard there are downstream effects. If this information about Len Brown had been released the week before the election would he gotten re-elected? If not should he step down?

Mayor Len Brown has ‘sold’ his Christian credentials, and there is no question that there have been many, especially in South Auckland, that have given Len Brown their vote because of the label he has chosen for himself.

Here is some audio from 2010 when he chatted openly about his faith and his desire to emulate a political figure due to his integrity.

Mayor Len Brown chats openly about when he attended church and what denomination he was attached to, then Len was asked if he prayed.

 

The interviewer then went on to ask about going through trial and tribulations which at the time were accusations about credit card misuse

 

The interview then asked if his Christianity affected his policy

 

Len Brown finished the interview by sharing why Mahatma Gandhi was the most inspiring political figure to him.

 

I don’t judge Len Brown for what he has done, neither do I think he should necessarily be forced to step down, the whole purpose of this post is to point out to public figures that you need to stand by the standards you set for yourself, the ones you choose, the ones that help you win votes and when you fall short of those standards you need to be aware there are consequences.

There is an argument that says we are all failed beings and one can class themselves as a ‘Christian’ and have these failings. My advice to the political world is that you shouldn’t choose those labels then. I avoid the word ‘Christian’ like the plague, not because of what it means, but what people think should go with it, both positive and negative. Len Brown has chosen to let the public of Auckland define what kind of person he is by actively using the word ‘Christian’, it’s gotten him votes but then when you fall short of the publics expectations of that label you cannot claim that ‘no one has the right to know’. If you invite us in with this image, you cannot expect us to stay out when the image falls apart. I’m not saying that is fair…I’m just saying that’s the way it is.

I’ve been having the conversation about how people ‘sell’ themselves for ever. In 2010 when Jeremy Elwood and I ran a political podcast we interviewed Don Brash and I think we were the only people to bring up one of the most obvious questions to him. After talking about ‘behind closed door issues’ when he ran advertising that claimed he stood by his morals and integrity so I asked him how can we trust you, if your wife/wives can’t trust you?

Don Brash was selling a public image, that didn’t match up with his ‘real’ image. Your ‘real’ image is what happens ‘behind closed doors’.

Again let me say I don’t condemn Len Brown, in fact speaking with a mate this morning the phrase ‘feet of clay’ came out and I think that’s fair. We have all fallen short of the expectations of those around us, I would just say to political figures to be careful about your ‘public’ persona if your ‘behind closed-doors’ persona doesn’t match up.

Accusations of Affair in Mayor Len Brown’s Office

Today Whaleoil has broken an alleged story of an extra-martial affair between Mayor Len Brown and a Council employee 30 years his junior, the story comes with text messages that again are alleged to be between Len Brown and the woman in question.

The story has been written by Stephen Cook who was sacked by the Herald on Sunday for not informing them of drug dealing charges he was facing.

Is this an issue for the public, is it something that could end the career of the ‘Christian’ Mayor Len Brown?

The salient points to whether this is ‘news’ or not and if it should effect Mayor Len Brown’s career are that the women in question is a Council employee and some of the alleged illicit encounters happened in business hours on Council land.

So ‘Yes’ if the story is true as we see it right now this could be very costly for Len Brown.

UPDATED 4.28pm

From Len Brown Statement

I do confirm that I had a relationship with a woman that lasted around two years

and…

I told my wife previously & she and I are working through the issues privately. We are looking to protect our children as best we can