A blogger closely associated with state Liberal Leader Ted Baillieu has snobbishly denigrated Labor’s outer suburban electorates as “too ethnic, too intellectually barren and too aesthetically suburban.”
The Prahran based real estate agent turned author, Kane Afford, runs a blog called PoliticalPundit. Afford is believed to be a friend of Brett Billett, who was linked to a Facebook group promoting the return of Jeff Kennett to the state Liberal leadership. Many of its members are factionally aligned with the Kennett-Baillieu group.
Afford’s friends include noted Liberal “wets” Joe Hockey, Victor Perton and Christopher Pyne. Other Afford connections include highly respected Peulich staffer Gary Anderton,
Afford was heavily and personally backed by Baillieu to run as a Liberal candidate in two different elections, including on Ted’s team in 2006 in Bundoora.
A CANCEROUS CELL
Some Liberal insiders are gravely concerned that the Baillieu blog and those participating in Facebook activism promoting alternate leaders to Baillieu might be part of a “cancerous cell” that needs to be excised from the Victorian division.
It’s all rather ironic given that it was Ted Baillieu’s press flak Simon Troeth (pictured here in his wedding snap despite setting his Facebook privacy alert to DefCon1) who started the recent stoush over Facebook groups by working up a story over a pro-Costello group with the left-wing newspaper The Age earlier this week.
“Just because you’ve started a bushfire, doesn’t mean you get to control it” one wise player suggested as a tip for first-time players like Troeth.
And wait, there’s more.