National have announced that their candidate for the Christchurch East by-election will be Matthew Doocey. There is scant information about him except for the media release from the National Party.

The National Party announced tonight that Matthew Doocey, a 41-year-old Canterbury District Health Board manager, will be their candidate in the November 30 by-election.

I’ve not heard of the guy before, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. I don’t know anything about him, but:

1: “Doocey” is going to be a fun name for taggers to play with

2: While he’s from Christchurch, he only returned to the city from the UK earlier this year. ie he wasn’t living in the East / the city / the country during the earthquakes which have defined this electorate and will define this by-election. He’s gonna have a hard time convincing constituents that he understands what they’ve been through.

3. They can probably mine this episode of SouthPark for campaign ideas