Hamilton City Council candidate Steve McLennan says it's not him, and now there is growing speculation about just who is "Wanda Lee".
The mysterious Facebook profile appeared on the social networking site late last week and since then has posted links to a week-old Facebook page, Ewan Wilson - The Unauthorised Biography, on several Hamilton City Council candidates' online campaign pages.
Mr McLennan - who is running on the New Direction/New Council ticket - has admitted to creating the anti-Wilson page, but has rubbished his rival's suggestion that he is Wanda Lee.
Posting on the Waikato Times Facebook page, Mr McLennan said "Wanda Lee" had contacted him and was "upset".
"Wanda has contacted us and sounds very upset by all of this. Hope you're proud of your work, Waikato Times."
Mr McLennan said, via our Facebook page, that he had asked "Wanda Lee" to speak to the Times, but doubted she "trusted" us.
Mr Wilson says while he had no proof, he believed Mr McLennan was involved in the Wanda Lee profile.
"I don't know but not for a second do I believe that McLennan, [Ray] Stark and Julie Hardaker haven't been up to their necks in this," Mr Wilson said.
Several New Council New Direction candidates have "liked" Wanda Lee's online work and there are now growing calls for the woman in question to come forward and sort out the apparent confusion.
Posting on our Facebook page, Peter Wynne-Jones said: "The time is overdue for Wanda to reveal herself. Otherwise, the implication is crystal clear, she does not exist except in the mind of some stirrers."
There is no Wanda Lee listed in local electoral rolls.
Meanwhile links posted by Wanda Lee remain on Facebook campaign pages for New Council New Direction, and mayoral rival Ms Hardaker.
The NCND campaign page administrator endorsed Wanda's post: "Couldn't agree more Wanda. Mr Wilson is ... overloaded with habits which are less than ethically hygienic."
Asked whether she endorsed the content by Mr McLennan that Wanda Lee had posted a link to on her campaign page, Ms Hardaker did not respond.
Mr Wilson said the attempts to run him down were a late sideshow.
"This smacks of last-minute desperation from the Hardaker and New Council New Direction camps. We want to focus on the issues," he said.
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