The wife of former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett, Felicity Kennett is rumoured to be planning to run for the City of Melbourne elections.
This is considered an indication that her husband wants to fight the election battle “by proxy” involving his wife and other supporters including Fairfax Chairman Ron Walker’s son Campbell and others.
Political spectators will be disappointed as a Kennett v John So contest for the Town Hall promised to be a spectacular and bloody contest. Most insiders still considered So to be overwhelming favourite, even against Kennett given So’s clever campaigning, strong ethnic support from Chinese residents, business and property owners and popularity in the general community. Preferences will be a strong factor as well, with So politically positioned “in the middle” collecting preferences from the left against the right and the right against the left.
UPDATE: Jeff Kennett has now announced he is not running. The rumours about Felicity continue…