Mt Albert by-election candidate Geoff Simmons makes unlikely comparison at launch

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The Opportunities Party (Top) Mt-Albert by-election candidate launch

 

Mt Albert by-election candidate Geoff Simmons compared changes made by politicians to dirty underwear.

Simmons, The Opportunities Party candidate, made the unlikely comparison at the launch of his campaign at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall on Saturday.

Mt Albert by-election candidate for the Opportunities Party Geoff Simmons said he doesn't want to become a career politician.
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Mt Albert by-election candidate for the Opportunities Party Geoff Simmons said he doesn't want to become a career politician.

Simmons said politicians promised voters the same things but hardly fulfilled any of them.

"Every politician promises you a nice pair of underwear but what you find after three years is, really all you had is, you've taken the old underwear, turned them inside out and put them back on again," Simmons said.

"It's not real change."

The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan said Mt Albert finally have a choice of voting for a member of their own ...
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The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan said Mt Albert finally have a choice of voting for a member of their own community in Geoff Simmons.

He said his party was offering people a fair go at opportunities and weren't in the race to becoming career politicians.

"There's nothing that we will say that you haven't heard from previous politicians, we all want the same stuff.

"But when push comes to shove, if the changes that need to be made actually guarantees the quality of opportunities and if they going to cost a politician their job - they won't do it.

Simmons said he was happy to kick off his political career by standing as an MP candidate for his local area.
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Simmons said he was happy to kick off his political career by standing as an MP candidate for his local area.

"We the party, we actually want to do ourselves out of a job - that's what we're setting this thing up so we don't have to do it anymore.

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"We don't want to be in parliament as career politicians and that to me should be the goal of any political movement."

At least 60 people turned up to the event, most of whom were senior citizens.

Almost all were intrigued by the new party, which was formed last year and by their Mt Albert by-election candidacy which was confirmed within 25 minutes over coffee between Simmons and party leader Gareth Morgan. 

Mt Eden resident Kieren Hatcher said that while he was not voting in the by-election, he attended because he wanted to know more about the party's policies.

Simmons dad, David, who is a strong Greens supporter, said he has yet to make up his mind on which direction his vote will sway.

He came to the launch waving Green Party candidate Julie Anne Genter's campaign sign.

"I voted for Greens last election and I'd be hard put to change but I remain to be convinced that Top party is the way to go and I will have to see as the campaign unravels," David said. 

The Mt Albert by-election will be held on February 25.

 - Stuff

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