Por­trait flags Lam­bie in Obama- like poster

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

SEN­A­TOR Jac­qui Lam­bie has em­braced an Obama- es­que por­trait as her new flag.

Painted by Syd­ney artist Ta­nia McMurtry for the Archibalds and em­bla­zoned with the tagline “TRUST” by a con­stituent, the mod­i­fied por­trait yesterday ap­peared on a media re­lease sent out by the Sen­a­tor.

The pic­ture – which closely re­sem­bles US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Hope poster – re­ceived at­ten­tion for its ap­par­ent po­lit­i­cal state­ment.

But spokesman Rob Mes­sen­ger said any re­sem­blance was un­in­ten­tional. “We saw it and we thought ‘ wow’,” he said. Mr Mes­sen­ger said the pic­ture was adopted to give the politi­cian “a bit of a re­fresh”.

He said the por­trait would be shipped to Burnie af­ter it fin­ished in NSW and would hang in the Sen­a­tor’s of­fice.

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