Annette King has been especially vocal in thelast couple of days about what she claims is a campaign of dirty tricks to get at her over the Baygate scandal. This morning's Dominion-Post suggests that a campaign of dirty tricks is indeed underway, but it seems that Annette King might just be the "tricker" rather than the "trickee" - have a read of this: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4444352a6000.html
The article alleges that King wrote to a senior staff member after that person told Ray Lind that rumours were circulating about him having an affair. The letter was allegedly hand-delivered to CEO Chris Clarke by, wait for it........ Ray Lind, Chief Operating Officer of the DHB, and husband of Annette King.
Annette King denies the allegations, and counter-attacks, shooting the messenger:
"When questioned about the letter yesterday, she refused to confirm it existed, claiming the suggestion was part of a "dirty tricks" campaign. Ms King said "a search of our database shows that no such ministerial letter exists".
"I predicted last week that a dirty tricks campaign would be launched against my husband and myself. Are you part of it?" she said in an e-mail.
Asked directly if she had written any type of letter to Ms Parisi, Ms King ignored the question, saying: "I am not prepared to continue with a charade in which you engage on a course of muck-raking under the guise of journalism - just as was predicted by me last week."
Ms King has volunteered to reporters that her husband had been the target of rumours that he had had an affair, saying on Sunday that she was "getting in first" in response to the rumours."
If these allegations can be proven, King is in deep trouble. If she doesn't stand down from the Police portfolio until the complaints made at the weekend are resolved, Helen Clark must act, and soon.