Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove probably isn't feeling too favourably disposed towards his deputy leader Grant Robertson this morning. In a lengthy story about the Independent Fisheries donation, Tracy Watkins notes in the Dom-Post:
Last night, Labour was standing by Mr Cosgrove, and said the only thing he was guilty of was helping his constituents.Deputy leader Grant Robertson said Mr Cosgrove had done what Labour expected of its MPs by trying to help "hundreds of constituents"."He did what Clayton does as a straight-up MP – worked hard on their behalf, tried to find a solution for them ... he was motivated by finding the best outcome for one of his constituents."
That's a very unfortunate choice of words by Grant Robertson, although whether the words were a slip of the tongue or carefully chosen is open to debate. But just remember what happened to the last Labour MP who was only guilty of "helping his constituents".
Now we're not suggesting for one moment that Clayton Cosgrove is in the same league as Phillip Field. But Grant Robertson's choice of words of support is unfortunate at best, or just possibly, very pointed directed. After all, not many Labour electorate MP's have donors prepared to bankroll their local campaigns to this level; usually it's the other team that is accused of trying to help its rich mates.