North Shore mayor threatens legal action against blogger
BY LEIGH VAN DER STOEP
North Shore mayor Andrew Williams has threatened legal action against right-wing blogger WhaleOil.
The move follows postings by WhaleOil - real name Cameron Slater - criticising the Auckland Super City mayoral candidate for drinking in a local bar.
The mayor said he was at Mac's Brew Bar with a councillor and ratepayers' group member discussing council business for three and a half hours on Thursday night.
Slater has been blogging about Williams' behaviour since the Sunday Star-Times newspaper revealed Williams had urinated on a tree outside his council building after a night at a bar earlier this year.
After the mayor's visit to Mac's Slater posted sarcastic comments on his website - including using "shhh" after words to infer drunken speech and calling Williams derogatory names.
Williams responded by sending out a press release just after midnight accusing Slater of stalking him and indulging in some heavy sledging of his own against Slater - including commenting on Slater's mental health.
However, Slater said he had always been open about coping with depression and by criticising his mental health Williams was undermining the national campaign to increase awareness of mental health issues.
Williams said he was undergoing "harassment" from WhaleOil which was "entirely politically motivated" and no other local body politician had been subjected to such "dirty politics".
Williams told Fairfax he had already spoken to the police about possible criminal harassment charges and was seriously considering pursuing such an action.
"I spoke to my wife about it today and think I will," Williams said.
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