Parties wooed me - Chuang

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 05:00 08/01/2014
Bevan Chuang
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BEVAN CHUANG: Had two-year affair with the Auckland mayor Len Brown.

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The Conservative Party has swiftly distanced itself from Bevan Chuang, who named it as one of three parties which had approached her to join their ranks in the past two years.

Chuang, who became a household name when details of her extramarital affair with Auckland Mayor Len Brown were made public, talked about her political aspirations on RadioLive yesterday.

She said she had had approaches from three parties, including Colin Craig's Conservative Party and from Pita Sharples, who had "joked" about the prospect of her joining the Maori Party, she said.

All of the discussions happened before revelations of her two-year affair.

"Many political parties" had approached her because they were looking for an Asian woman. "In 2012, and 2013 throughout, so I've got different political parties who have been asking," she said.

The Conservatives were one of the parties Chuang said she had had talks with, but she would not elaborate on who it was she talked to. "Not Colin [Craig] per se, but someone in the party."

Conservatives spokeswoman Rachel MacGregor flatly denied the claim, saying no approach had ever been made to Chuang.

And it was "highly unlikely" any approach would ever be made, she said.

Chuang stood unsuccessfully for the Albert-Eden Local Board in October's local body elections.

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