Nearly missed it but there was a short news article on Page 5 of today’s Canberra Times (4th June) reporting the resignation of the Canberra Business Club’s (aka the former Liberal Party’s 250 Club) Executive Officer, Russell Parkes.
This must signal a major melt down in Jim Murphy’s bid to become king-maker in the forthcoming ACT elections.
Murphy is Chairman of the Canberra Business Club and has been thrashing around for months now looking for high profile candidates to back for the October poll
Parkes’ departure suggests a falling out with Murphy and more trouble times ahead for the man who wants to be king.
Big Jim has raised high expectations and he knows that failure to back a winner will mean the end of his private 250 club.
There have been a few people who he has asked to run and by all accounts potential candidates simply do not want to be in his debt.
Rumours are abounding that the Market Cellars moghul is so desperate that he has offered his support to independent Molonglo candidate Frank Pangallo, who is rumoured to be standing with the rather troubled former MLA Helen Cross.
If this is true it will be interesting to see if Pangallo takes the bait, especially when Pangallo loves to boast that he is an independent and does not take election donations.