The return of Kate?

johnboy 29 August 2008 93

The following item was in today’s “Tips and Rumours” in Crikey:

    Former Liberal Chief Minister Kate Carnell (aka The Hospital Imploder) has put up her hand to run for Bill Stefaniak’s just-vacated seat in Ginninderra. The catch: she will only do it if made leader. Zed, already reeling over Stefaniak’s departure, has been blindsided by this dramatic offer and as I write is desperately scrambling to shore up his own support amongst his colleagues. This has added fuel to a fire that has started between Zed and his up-to-now loyal sidekick Brendan Smyth. Word is they had both decided on their own separate candidate to fill the Ginninderra spot, sparking serious tensions between the two. A meeting had been scheduled at the Deakin HQ this Saturday with Liberal campaign officials in an attempt to avoid a serious rift emerging, but how this will play out now that Kate has thrown her cards on the table is anyone’s guess. All extreme options are apparently being considered because our latest polling has shown that Vicki Dunne is the single most disliked member of the Assembly from all parties. And the Party knows that if Vicki is the front-runner then they’re in serious strife out North. How Andrew will untangle this mess will be interesting to watch. To further complicate the situation, it is no secret that Kate is very close to Liberal money man Jim Murphy, who is funding in entirety the Liberal’s advertising campaign (said to total more than $284,000 for TV advertising alone). What conditions are attached to this money? Is Big Jim about to make Zed an offer he can’t refuse?

This makes some sense…

UPDATED: This in from an anonymous snout in media land who’s been chasing the story:

    “Kate refused to comment, Bill no comment, Andrew Heath is ‘unavailable for comment'”

ANOTHER UPDATE: WIN News tonight reported Kate was not going to run. Mark Parton however is going to stand as an independent in Ginninderra, which will test his popularity.


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amarooresident amarooresident 1:30 pm 28 Aug 08

Can I be the first to call bullflop?

If they think the solution is Kate then they really are f**ked.

Thumper Thumper 1:32 pm 28 Aug 08

Nah.

Kate’s earning big bucks these days doing what she wants. Why would she come back to the dinky toy town assembly?

Lowey Lowey 1:33 pm 28 Aug 08

I thought things were bad when I only recently saw her mug shot in some rag, as the head of some pharmaceutical organisation…

justbands justbands 1:42 pm 28 Aug 08

> Why would she come back to the dinky toy town assembly?

If there’s one thing I remember about Kates days, it’s that she LOVES seeing herself in the media.

MrMagoo MrMagoo 1:43 pm 28 Aug 08

NO Way, the Liberals in leadership turmoil, that never happens!!!!!!

Let’s also not forget Kate famously painted the grass out Canberra Stadium way to make it look green for the IOC inspection team.

Once again we are faced with a choice between teh status quo and an opposition to busy fighting itself to provide anything like a realistic option for Government.

S4anta S4anta 1:50 pm 28 Aug 08

Awesome. Two freaking half arsed painters masquerading as politicians.

The paint shops around town are gonna make a killing

Granny Granny 1:51 pm 28 Aug 08

Stroke of genius!

1. Spend months establishing new leader. (Make him integral to campaign).
2. Change leaders six weeks out from an election. (Make sure they have plenty of baggage).

What odds are the bookies giving this?

johnboy johnboy 1:54 pm 28 Aug 08

On the other hand Zed’s campaign is, aside from what Jim Murphy’s money buys in TV spots, utterly incompetent.

And personally I look back fondly to Kate’s rule as a time when mistakes were more amusing than depressing, and less people died.

tom-tom tom-tom 1:58 pm 28 Aug 08

*shakes head and smiles to himself*

Thumper Thumper 2:08 pm 28 Aug 08

Does anyone else think that this sounds very much like a rather underhand way of disrupting the libs and therefore taking the heat of an under pressure incumbent government?

Granny Granny 2:10 pm 28 Aug 08

Pick me! Pick me!

MrIncredible MrIncredible 2:16 pm 28 Aug 08

“All extreme options are apparently being considered because our latest polling has shown that Vicki Dunne is the single most disliked member”

‘our’?!

LOL

Stupid Libs can’t even leak without spilling it on themselves

Reprobate Reprobate 2:19 pm 28 Aug 08

What a crock. If this isn’t a rumour started solely within the Labor ranks to throw the Libs (further) off the scent and Kate is leader come elction day, I’ll eat a RiotACT stubby holder outside the front of the Assembly…

ant ant 2:26 pm 28 Aug 08

ACT needs to have a normal town council-style conglomeration of people, not a “government” and an “opposition”. What a waste of money, an opposition. They are all being paid and should all be working for the city.

Granny Granny 2:27 pm 28 Aug 08

MEMORANDUM

To: All Labor Staffers
RE: Fear, Rumour and Innuendo

These work better on uneducated people.

Whatsup Whatsup 2:32 pm 28 Aug 08

Reprobate: I reckon your stubby holder is safely going to be keeping you beer cool this summer. A crock indeed.

Ant: Agreed. Brilliant idea. From the bunch we have lining up for the election no one is good enough to be called a Government. As as local council some of them have some potential.

MrIncredible MrIncredible 2:40 pm 28 Aug 08

I’m not so sure it is a crock – I’m getting that ‘so crazy it could be true’ feeling about this one.

There’s some pretty specific details in there – i.e Lib polling, planned meetings,campaign budgets etc. What about Johnboy calling the Lib offices to find out more?

whistle whistle 2:41 pm 28 Aug 08

This is as credible as someone saying that “Jon Stanhope is in trouble and Rosemary Follett is being strong-armed by the Trades and Labour Council to take over the Labor leadership.”

Nice story, but little of it true (apart from Stanhope being on the nose).

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:42 pm 28 Aug 08

Next it’d be Trevor Kaine is making a comeback – but only if he can be leader!

johnboy johnboy 2:45 pm 28 Aug 08

MrIncredible said :

I’m not so sure it is a crock – I’m getting that ‘so crazy it could be true’ feeling about this one.

There’s some pretty specific details in there – i.e Lib polling, planned meetings,campaign budgets etc. What about Johnboy calling the Lib offices to find out more?

Wouldn’t get a straight answer out of head office one way or another.

But I am making inquiries along potentially more productive avenues.

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