The Wanganui local body election campaign took a turn for the worse last night. It seems that a local "identity" stumbled upon some photographs of a council candidate, and linked to them on Facebook.
Now this "identity" is neither naive, nor is she a stranger to dirty deeds on Facebook. In fact, she has previously boasted about having hacked into Michael Laws' Facebook account, around about the time that a former mayoral candidate was trying to peddle personal information about Laws to the media.
We reckon that this is nasty, vindictive stuff, and reckon that it should stop forthwith. The "identity" is closely associated with three candidates for the Wanganui District Council; her husband, her daughter and an interloper from Wellington who has been nothing but trouble since he arrived in Wanganui a couple of months ago. There is no way that we could bring ourselves to vote for any of these candidates, even if they were to disassociate themselves from last night's attempted bullying.
A number of candidates for office in Wanganui have appealed for a campaign free of this cowardly kind of behaviour, and we add our voices to the chorus. Sure, there are some strong and polarising personalities seeking office, but that does not justify the kinds of slurs and innuendo which were perpetrated last night.