Moriarty 'not running for any office' in the DA

Mike Moriarty, the DA's chief whip in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, refutes claims that he will be running to replace party leader Helen Zille. (Paul Botes, M&G)

Mike Moriarty, the DA's chief whip in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, refutes claims that he will be running to replace party leader Helen Zille. (Paul Botes, M&G)

Dear Editor,

Your article titled “Zille must go, DA needs new blood” on January 9 cites some or other insider suggesting that I am a possible contender for the position of leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA). 

Putting the flattery aside, I wish to make it known that I am not running for any office. I certainly do not consider myself a candidate for the job of Leader. 

For the record, Helen Zille has my complete support. I think she should be re-elected to the position when our congress meets in May.

Your reporters know how to contact me.
They should have done so and they would have obtained better facts than the ones offered by whoever the anonymous “insiders” were. 

But then again, when your article was conceived in your newsroom it was only ever intended to portray division and an exaggerated level of discomfort within DA ranks. My input would not have met your criteria.   

Yours faithfully,
Mike Moriarty, MPL
Gauteng Provincial Legislature

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