Goff: No mayoral ambitions

19:48, Dec 19 2013
Phil Goff
PHIL GOFF: No plans to run for Auckland mayoralty.

Veteran Auckland Labour MP Phil Goff says he is not planning to run for the job of mayor of Auckland.

He says he has heard rumours with his name attached to them, suggesting he would step in if current mayor Len Brown goes in the wake of his scandal around lover Bevan Chuang.

Auckland Councillor Dick Quax told Radio New Zealand today he had heard rumours Goff was lining up for the job.

Goff told Stuff he had given no thought to the job, though.
"As far as I am concerned the post is filled," he said.

"The mayor is there, he has been elected. He has a chance to redeem himself and he should be allowed to get on with his job. I don't believe there is or will be a vacancy."

Goff, 60, said he did not know who was behind the rumours but he was devoted to central government and was focussed on remaining the Mt Roskill MP at next year's election.

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