With an authorisation from someone in Queensland, unnamed Youtube comics have ripped into former Liberal leader Robert Doyle for his very low-profile Lord Mayoral campaign. Some suggest Gary Singer is involved due to a strategic decision to push down Doyle’s vote so he can benefit from his preferences.
It’s quite well produced in the style – Michael Moore meets Sam Newman – and features a cut-out pic of Robert Doyle who probably met with more voters in his cut-out form than he has during his curious bid for office.
Doyle has puzzled council observers by not attending many campaign functions and candidate debates and by not committing to being a full-time Lord Mayor. He hasn’t door-knocked either, other candidates report.
He has many other commitments it seems, a good reason not to seek the position. But certainly not a good excuse for being unable to press the flesh, talk with and persuade voters and debate rivals.
“It’s left cold many people naturally inclined to support Doyle” one Liberal supporter told VEXNEWS.
Because of his former prominent position as state Liberal leader and his pole position on the ballot paper, it’s still expected he’ll poll well. He’s listed among the favourites on Sportingbet and on the Hubdub prediction market.
He hasn’t campaigned completely below the radar though, with a big billboard in North Melbourne and a Youtube video below.
UPDATE: An ad that possibly inspired the one on Robert Doyle – and should perhaps have been adapted for the no-show councillor Catherine Ng – has been sent in by a patriot. Enjoy