If the National Party didn’t already know, it does now.
From the Ashburton Guardian via Andrew Falloon’s Blog
ACT Party leader Rodney Hide threw down the gauntlet on his trip to Mid Canterbury last week, making clear his intention to mount a serious challenge on Rakaia MP Brian Connell’s seat, in the traditionally National stronghold.
“We’re looking for a good candidate to put forward in this electorate,” he said.
While in Ashburton on Friday he met with Ashburton Mayor Bede O’Malley, representatives from the business sector and Mid Canterbury Federated Farmers.
It was Hide’s second visit to the province in as many months and he was again accompanied by ACT MP Heather Roy.
Mr Hide reiterated the concerns he raised on his last trip, when he said Mr Connell’s expulsion from the National caucus had “politically neutered” the electorate, leaving voters with no voice in Parliament.
“We are here to find out how we can assist in Parliament, and to see how Act can best represent this electorate,” he said.
Several young National Party members attended as guests of our Canterbury Uni ACT on Campus branch. Our conservative friends were a bit concerned that us challenging for Rakaia might not be wise, but I think Rodney’s logic got them thinking.
Wouldn’t be surprised if we even had a few Nats campaigning for us in Rakaia, like they did in Epsom.