North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams has laid a police complaint against Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater and wants him struck off as a super-city council candidate for using his campaign to "stalk" him.It defies believe that a politician seeking office would go on record and complain because someone has been saying mean things about him.
Slater, who is running against Williams in the Albany ward, has labelled the mayor a "coward and a bully" and says police have told him they will not be pursuing the matter.
The Whaleoil blogger sees his opposition to Williams as a civic duty - "He doesn't deserve to be a councillor. It's a duty of every citizen to do what they can. I'm being a candidate to make sure he doesn't get elected.''
Williams said Slater's whole campaign was a form of the "stalking" he had endured for over a year.
"He stands up at a meeting and says 'I will not urinate on a tree, I will not use a credit card in a Takapuna bar, I will not send drunken texts'."
"What he has put in his candidate profile is harassment. His whole campaign is focussed on attacking me."
Williams urged the electoral officer to strike off Slater as a candidate.
Slater will be loving this publicity and will only be encouraged by Williams’ reaction.
If Williams can’t take a bit of flak from a mentally ill potty-mouth he’s got no business running for mayor. He should be asking for his own name to be struck off the candidates list.