Goldsmith says unauthorised billboards a stunt
Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:54a.m.
While most election candidates are looking to maximise publicity, National's Epsom candidate Paul Goldsmith has been photographed removing signs advertising his candidacy.
National's counting on ACT's John Banks winning Epsom, to ensure the minor party's return to parliament as a Government supporter.
3 News contacted Paul Goldsmith today and he blamed the signs on the opposition.
"It's silly games by my opponent. I don't really want to dignify it with a response," he said.
The Epsom candidate said the signs, made by blowing up his business card, were unauthorised and he was legally obliged to remove them. He believes someone was waiting to take the photo.
Prime Minister John Key had a symbolic cup of tea with Mr Banks last week, in a signal to voters of who they should choose.
But Mr Goldsmith's been polling ahead of Mr Banks, despite saying he wants party votes only, as voters apparently reject the stitch-up for their electorate.
Photos on the left-wing blog The Standard show Mr Goldsmith pulling the hoardings bearing his face and name out of a piece of grass and packing them into his vehicle.
The blog says the signs are "apparently unofficial", as they appear to be printed on paper.
"It's almost as if he doesn't want to get elected!" the blog says.
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17/11/2011 3:25:46 p.m.
Yeah agree Trev, smartest thing to do would be to join National voters who don't like Banks and vote Goldsmith in. That way ACT would be a no show!
17/11/2011 8:47:15 a.m.
Wouldn't it be funny if all the Labour and Green voters in Epsom decided to vote for Goldsmith to undo all of Key's conniving?!!! So we would get to see National, Labour and Green supporters all voting for a candidate they didn't like.
16/11/2011 4:20:45 p.m.
Haha What a Real Winner Why Even be a Candidate If Your going to take the signs down it shows the nats really dont have a clue and have a bumbling lot of clowns from John Key's sideshow/circus he calls the National Party.
16/11/2011 4:20:44 p.m.
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