Lib­er­als push former state can­di­date to run in Her­bert

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

SE­NIOR Coali­tion fig­ures are be­ing asked to try to per­suade a former LNP state can­di­date to nom­i­nate for pre­s­e­lec­tion in the coun­try’s most mar­ginal fed­eral seat.

Casie Scott is be­ing pres­sured to run in Her­bert against La­bor’s Cathy O’Toole, who beat Ewen Jones by just 37 votes in 2016.

Ms Scott nearly de­feated Townsville’s in­cum­bent, Scott Stewart, at last year’s state elec­tion, los­ing by 160 votes. A se­nior Lib­eral source told

that there had been a “late, con­certed ef­fort” to get Ms Scott, who is pop­u­lar among Townsville branch mem­bers, to nom­i­nate. But Ms Scott (pic­tured) would nei­ther con­firm nor deny on Thurs­day if she was go­ing to nom­i­nate. If she did, Ms Scott would con­test the pre­s­e­lec­tion with Mr Jones, who un­der­stands is not pop­u­lar among branch mem­bers and donors. “He’s got ev­ery­one off­side,” a LNP source said. But Mr Jones said he had learned a lot from his loss and wanted an­other chance.

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