Six-year-old Facebook posts are threatening to derail Labor in Lindsay just days before Bill Shorten launches the party’s official campaign in Penrith.
The posts by Labor’s candidate in Lindsay, Emma Husar, declare that politicians “lie, steal and cheat” and claim that there’s “no such thing” as the best party to vote for.
Fairfax Media revealed the posts this afternoon.
They have been deleted from Ms Husar’s account.
In one of the posts, she wrote that “politicians, I want to be one, you can lie, steal, cheat and use other people’s money to go on holidays – the best job in the world”.
Fairfax Media says another post, which features a personal attack on Penrith MP Stuart Ayres and his now wife, Defence Minister Marise Payne, cannot be printed.
In a post on August 20, 2010 she said: “I don’t vote to get the best party in because there is no such thing. I just vote to keep the worst ones out.”
Ms Husar failed in a bid to unseat Stuart Ayres at last year’s State Election and needs to claw back sitting Liberal Member Fiona Scott’s margin of three per cent in Lindsay to win the seat for Labor.
In a statement to Fairfax, Ms Husar said: “These posts were stupid and I absolutely regret making them. They are more than six years old and certainly don’t reflect my values or views.”
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.