Mr Anderton said he wasn't going to resign his seat if he was elected mayor because he didn't want to cause a by-election that would cost about $600,000 and wouldn't be held until early next year anyway.
"A few months of parliamentary representation is not worth $600,000 of public money," he said.
"I would not accept two salaries and would donate the higher mayoral salary to local voluntary organisations."
Mr Anderton said no one should doubt he could do the jobs of mayor and MP at the same time.
"You are asking that question of someone who worked 17-hour days, six days a week as a minister for nine years."
We're calling Ol' Man River on that. We don't care whether he gives one of his salaries away. The bottom line is this; he made a commitment to the electors of Wigram to represent them until 2011. When he was running for election in 2008, did he tell his constituents that he would not complete the term? We really, really doubt it. He's going back on his word; so much for integrity!
And Red Alert will be mandatory reading should Ol' Man River beat Bob Parker. Will Trevor Mallard accuse Anderton of double-dipping as he did Sam Lotu-Iiga? Once again, we really, really doubt it.
Hypocrisy is alive and well on the left; some things never change.