The Jami-Lee Ross saga has forced National Party leader Simon Bridges into conversation with Dirty Politics blogger Cameron Slater – who is in close contact with the rogue and unwell MP.
Bridges’ office confirmed to the Herald that Bridges called Slater to give the right-wing attack blogger assurances over decisions about Ross having been made after taking proper medical advice.
The phone call confirms Slater’s key role in the Ross affair – which has caused the National Party more than a week of anxiety and chaos.
Those woes have not disappeared with Slater’s emergence.
He has long-standing grievances against the National Party – despite being close to many of its MPs at one stage and a text confidante with former Prime Minister Sir John Key.
It is believed Slater has been personally supporting Ross since the weekend and his assistance extended to helping the MP in his release from Middlemore Hospital’s mental health facilities yesterday.
Slater’s role has also extended to briefing media on aspects of the Ross saga.