The Act Party's reincarnated Sir Roger Douglas asked Don Brash to stand for Parliament alongside him to help rebuild the party, but Dr Brash has turned his old friend down.
Sir Roger - who has been trying to recruit potential candidates for Act - yesterday revealed he had asked Dr Brash, National's leader in the last election, to run.
"When I decided to stand I thought it would be quite nice if someone else of prominence stood with me. Obviously I know Don quite well so I did talk to him. I thought it would be good if we both got in. I can't say what he said, but clearly he didn't say yes, did he?"