New National Party star Chris Luxon's launch onto the political game board was a bit like a very short game of whack-a-mole.

Luxon popped his head up, got bopped, and has now gone back into his hole until he is prepared to pop back up again.

Luxon's selection as the Botany candidate was followed by the requisite round of media interviews.

He was grilled about his leadership ambitions, his views on Simon Bridges, and his views on various other issues as those media tested whether he lived up to the hype.

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In one interview he agreed to the prospect of

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