Vilma Brooking stole the show at David Cunliffe's visit to Wesleyhaven Village rest home in the Hutt Valley this morning.
She posed questions that summed up the campaign and gave a bear hug that put the Labour leader on his backside beside her.
But she was a reluctant star.
"I'm not bloody giving it [her name] to you, my daughter will kill me," she said when she was first asked for her name.
Her opening shot set the scene for a day Cunliffe would use to highlight Government help for the elderly.
"When you first started I didn't really like you but you've grown on me," Brooking said.
She also wanted to to know "why don't you let America have Dotcom?"
Cunliffe replied: "you know we will", but said it was a matter for the courts.
"Yes, but we don't expect you to be too honest," Brooking shot back.
"But as my daughter said at least he [Cunliffe] had the guts to say he wouldn't work with old pimples and that's a start."
Cunliffe chose to interpret that as a reference to the Internet-Mana Party and repeated that the party would not be in any government he led.
Another resident pitched in with a question about where the money was coming from for Labour's promises.
The promises include raising the minimum wage and Cunliffe hinted he would later today announce a pay rise for rest-home workers.
The answer was that Labour finance spokesman David Parker's "Scottish Presbyterian" background had ensured the spending was fully costed and that a surplus would be delivered.
Cunliffe quickly made a beeline for Brooking after questions and, squatting down in front of her, was bear-hugged to the ground.
Vilma told me "When you first came into the job I didn't think much of you. But... today I'm wearing red"! pic.twitter.com/U63WB7kR2V
— David Cunliffe (@DavidCunliffeMP) August 19, 2014
After she had met him it seemed a fair bet Cunliffe would get her vote.
But her daughter might not be so keen.
"I daren't go home, my daughter's National," she said.
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