O'Dowd slams time-honoured stunt
Elected Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd has angrily refuted reports that one of his supporters attacked a Labor campaign worker in Emerald last Thursday.
Mr O'Dowd slammed it as nothing more than a time-honoured ALP stunt.
“It's a tactic by Labor. They've pulled it everywhere and I'm not going to stand for it,” he said.
“There's no proof he was a Ken O'Dowd supporter and until police do an investigation… there's six candidates. He could have been a supporter of any of the six.
“All we know is he was anti-Labor.”
Flynn MP Chris Trevor's electorate officer Tony Lawrence said Sam Ashcroft was handing out how-to-vote leaflets outside the Emerald courthouse when he was grabbed around the throat by an older man in company with two other men.
“He saw them and politely said here's a form to vote Labor… he was called a Labor bastard and that sort of stuff and grabbed around the throat,” Mr Lawrence said.
Mr O'Dowd said his campaign workers also witnessed the incident but got no sense the assailant's actions were motivated by any political divide.
“They didn't know who he was. Never seen him before,” he said.
“Am I angry? Yes. My name's been mentioned as supporting thugs.”
Mr Lawrence said the men had come into his office before assaulting the campaigner and had specified they were O'Dowd supporters.
“They said Ken O'Dowd's going to win and he's our man. It's no stunt,” Mr Lawrence said.
In other news, a Rockhampton woman had her car impounded by police on Saturday night. The 38-year-old was pulled over by police at 12.20am after she was suspected of driving unlicensed. Gladstone police said the woman was driving disqualified and had repeat offences.
Gladstone police also caught two drink-drivers on Sunday morning in separate incidents. Both were males, aged 24 and 54 years old.
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