Prospective National MP Misa Fia Turner says Donald Trump was ‘anointed by God’ and same sex marriage is immoral, as it contradicts religious teaching, according to posts on her social media profile.
She also wrote upon the candidate’s election “God Bless America! The people have spoken… against all odds!”
Ms. Turner is the next ranked member on the National Party list, and would become an MP on Saturday if her colleague Parmjeet Parmar is successful in winning the Mount Roskill by-election. Similar to Turner, Ms. Parmar, when asked on Prime Television’s Back Benches program this year if she would support Hillary Clinton or then Republican nominee Donald Trump replied “Republican”.
The Labour candidate, Michael Wood, told the news agency Newshub that he was wary of politicians who claimed God had an interference in elections.
“Not my God” Wood told reporters, who is an Anglican.
Ms. Turner was National’s candidate in the safe Labour seat of Mangere in the 2014 election, achieving a higher-than-usual 14.9% candidate vote and a 15.5% party vote for National. The swing to her party followed a backlash against the Labour Party that had adopted and supported many socially liberal policies, including same-sex marriage, which wasn’t supported by the conservative constituency.
Turner replaced National’s 2011 candidate and former MP Claudette Hauiti, who is openly gay.
Internal polling by the Labour Party shows their candidate Michael Wood has a larger lead than that achieved by Phil Goff at the 2014 election, and Prime Minister John Key concedes the National Party is the underdog heading into Saturday.
Also today, former long-time member of the Labour Party, Porirua mayor, and Independent Wellington mayoral candidate Nick Leggett officially joined the National Party as rumours swirl he’ll be the party’s candidate in the Labour-held seat of Mana.
– Bennett Morgan, Capital HardTalk.