Flamboyant Victorian Labor MP Craig Langdon â€“ disendorsed after a messy and unpublishable personal situation â€“ is rumoured to be on the verge of political explosion once again after sending out a letter attacking Labor minister Bronwyn Pike.
VEXNEWS can exclusively reveal that the Government Whip â€“ who has repeatedly denied claims that he plans to quit his seat Â in a hissy fit and cause an inconvenient by-election â€“ has sent out a letter to constituents that is highly critical of Pike, who previously employed his Labor preselected successor Anthony Carbines as her ministerial chief of staff, and government decisions relating to education.
Locals who still hold Langdon in high regard despite recent controversies say it appears to be posturing ahead of his planned political comeback at the next municipal elections in Banyule council, on which he has previously served.
Langdon is a prickly and tough political operator despite messy personal entanglements that would have made his re-election in Ivanhoe somewhat challenging, if not impossible.
Once close with his nominated successor Carbines, Langdon is believed to be extremely angry about what he describes as his â€œforced retirement.â€
Langdon continues to maintain a solid base of numbers, principally in the Heidelberg area and has been an active factional operator within the Labor Right. Some say he was approached by the NUW block to join their Rebel Right â€œTalibanâ€ faction although Langdon has told supporters that he isnâ€™t going to be forced out of his Labor Unity moderate faction or party by anyone.
The Liberals are yet to preselect a candidate in Ivanhoe with some speculating that another former Langdon ally turned nemesis Jenny Mulholland will be a candidate after a reasonably successful run as an independent last time and her decision to join the Liberal party last year.
Those close with Langdon say that it will be a close run thing of competing hatreds for the feisty government whip, with one Langdon observer explaining:
â€œHe hates the faction bosses who did him in and he reckons Carbines cheated on him in a deal for succession they had but I canâ€™t imagine wanting to help make that mad shrew Jenny Mulholland a member of Parliament either.â€