Speculation that Green Party MP Nandor Tanczos may leave Parliament before the election, to make way for Russel Norman is spreading.
From the Dominion Post
Green MP Nandor Tanczos is considering quitting politics before the election, with speculation mounting that co-leader Russel Norman could be shoehorned into Parliament in his place.
Mr Norman confirmed that Mr Tanczos had approached the party leaders and caucus about the possibility of leaving but had made no firm decision yet.
“For me the key thing is that it’s got to be Nandor’s choice.”
Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said they would not even begin discussing the matter till Mr Tanczos had made his mind up. He could not be reached yesterday.
Mr Tanczos was pipped by Mr Norman for the party co-leadership after former co-leader Rod Donald’s death in 2005, despite Mr Norman being a party member outside Parliament.
If Mr Tanczos does quit, the next person on the party list would normally take his place. Though there are two before Mr Norman – former MP Mike Ward and Catherine Delahunty – neither co-leader would deny suggestions the two would step aside to allow Mr Norman to enter Parliament, and boost the party’s profile, in the runup to the election. Mr Ward and Ms Delahunty could not be reached.
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