Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's possible flirtation with politics is a "stunt" and part of his campaign to stay in New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key says.
Dotcom, who is fighting extradition to the United States, has already had a big impact on domestic politics with his opposition to new spying laws and embarrassing revelations about a donation to the Auckland mayoral campaign of now-Act Party leader John Banks.
But Key doesn't believe the Mega boss really wants to be elected to Parliament. ''It's like every thing we see from the guy," Key said this morning.
"He wants to stay here and fight his extradition. He has very good PR people. Let's see how it goes."
Key said he didn't take the idea of Dotcom entering politics seriously - and gave a firm "no" when asked if Dotcom could be a potential coalition partner.
"What would he call the party ... no hope, I think. Whatever," he said
Dotcom is facing charges in the US of internet piracy is and fighting extradition the US. The extradition process was botched by New Zealand authorities, resulting in a protracted court battle.
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