Election special No 18 – Liberal staffer for Greenway’s Jaymes Diaz allegedly threatens Labor staffer in NSW’s most marginal seat

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ALP volunteer Nicole Scott was verbally abused by a Liberal staffer for Greenway candidate Jaymes Diaz who allegedly tore down candidate signs for Labor’s Michelle Rowland. Source: News Limited

A LABOR PARTY staffer was left terrified in tears and phoned the police after she was allegedly threatened by an “aggressive” Liberal Party volunteer who ripped down “unauthorised signs” mocking Greenway candidate Jaymes Diaz.

Toongabbie NSW MP Nathan Rees staffer Nicole Scott said she was abused by the man, who wouldn’t identify himself to the Telegraph as he bundled the torn signs into his boot and drove off, at Lalor Park Public School before 10am.

“He started pulling them off the fence and abusing me saying these are illegal, these are not authorised by the Labor Party they are coming off. I said they have nothing to do with me do what you want,” she said.

“He started ripping them off the fence like he was going mad, like a bloody psycho.

“I am not here to be abused, it has just upset me. I don’t like aggressive men, I am shaking. I’ve done this for a long time and I don’t have to be abused.”

One of two Liberal party volunteers told the man to “calm down” and both claimed they had no idea who the man in a Liberal T-shirt was.

The Liberal staffer for Liberal candidate for Greenway Jaymes Diaz who allegedly tore down Labor campaign signs for Michelle Rowland outside Lalor Park Public School. Source: News Limited

The man denied he had threatened Ms Scott.

“It’s busy. No not at all. These are unauthorised signs,” he said.

Ms Scott said the man mocked her when she became upset.

“He said you are only upset because you are losing. I said mate it’s only 10 o’clock,” she said.

“His aggressive behaviour, it frightened me. I’ve been around for a long time, I I’ve had a lot of people who hate us but not with that aggression.

“I don’t think aggressive people like that do anyone any favours.”

The fight for NSW’s most marginal seat has been heated barely hours after polls opened with claims bot both major parties of their signs being defaced and removed.

Labor volunteers guarded polling booths overnight, sleeping in their cars, with one saying he confronted a man ripping down ALP signs in Seven Hills early this morning.

Australian Voice Party candidate Jamie Cavanough said Nazi symbols and blood had been sprayed on Ms Rowland’s signs in Lalor Park.

“You could smell the blood. I am a farmer I know what it smells like,” he said.

Jaymes Diaz campaign manager and brother of Greenway candidate Jayson Diaz showing the defaced signs. Pic: Ben McClellan Source: News Limited

He said although his party had preferenced the Liberals over Labor on his how to vote cards he would be telling voters to choose who they want because he was so disgusted by the dirty trick tactics of both sides.

Unable to match the resources of the major parties Mr Cavanough said several of his signs had been removed at several polling booths.

There were reports on Twitter a bus was driving around the Blacktown seat playing the embarrassing Channel 10 interview of Mr Diaz being unable to name the Coalition’s six-point asylum seeker policy.

The media shy Mr Diaz has already voted and the Liberal Party won’t say which booths he will be manning despite repeated requests from the Telegraph.

Ms Rowland will be at two large booths in the conservative leaning northern part of the seat in Kellyville Ridge and Glenwood to try to win over potential Liberal voters before celebrating or commiserating with supporters at Blacktown RSL.

The poster attack came as Jayson Diaz, brother and campaign manager of Liberal candidate Jaymes Diaz, confirmed he had removed a number of anti-Diaz posters during the night.

He claimed the signs had been erected in “unauthorised” locations such as the Blacktown Council building.

The Blacktown-based seat is held by the ALP by just 1402 votes.

While the Liberal Party is predicted to claim up a swag of western Sydney seats, the bumbling campaign performance of Mr Diaz has left Labor hopeful of holding the seat.

Mr Diaz was unable to list the Coalition’s six-point asylum seeker policy in an embarrassing television interview that went viral globally. Most of the other seven candidates in the seat have placed the former lawyer at the bottom of their how-to-vote cards.

He said although his party had preferenced the Liberals over Labor on his how to vote cards he would be telling voters to choose who they want because he was so disgusted by the dirty trick tactics of both sides.

Unable to match the resources of the major parties Mr Cavanough said several of his signs had been removed at several polling booths.

There were reports on Twitter a bus was driving around the Blacktown seat playing the embarrassing Channel 10 interview of Mr Diaz being unable to name the Coalition’s six-point asylum seeker policy.

The media shy Mr Diaz has already voted and the Liberal Party won’t say which booths he will be manning despite repeated requests from the Telegraph.

Ms Rowland will be at two large booths in the conservative leaning northern part of the seat in Kellyville Ridge and Glenwood to try to win over potential Liberal voters before celebrating or commiserating with supporters at Blacktown RSL.

Labor’s candidate for Greenway Michelle Rowland’s campaign posters were vandalised. Source: News Limited

Labor and Liberal volunteers from Greenway were still desperately trying to clean up the broken placards and replace vandalised signs as polling booths prepared to open at 8am.

In the early hours of the morning, Australian Voice Party candidate Jamie Cavanough spotted a number of posters for sitting Labor MP Michelle Rowland allegedly doused in “pig’s blood”.

On his Facebook page, he described it as, “the utmost disgusting foul thing I have ever come across”.

Mr Cavanough said he reported the matter but Blacktown Police were unable to confirm if they were taking it any further.

The poster attack came as Jayson Diaz, brother and campaign manager of Liberal candidate Jaymes Diaz, confirmed he had removed a number of anti-Diaz posters during the night.

He claimed the signs had been erected in “unauthorised” locations such as the Blacktown Council building.

The Blacktown-based seat is held by the ALP by just 1402 votes.

While the Liberal Party is predicted to claim up a swag of western Sydney seats, the bumbling campaign performance of Mr Diaz has left Labor hopeful of holding the seat.

Mr Diaz was unable to list the Coalition’s six-point asylum seeker policy in an embarrassing television interview that went viral globally. Most of the other seven candidates in the seat have placed the former lawyer at the bottom of their how-to-vote cards.

8 thoughts on “Election special No 18 – Liberal staffer for Greenway’s Jaymes Diaz allegedly threatens Labor staffer in NSW’s most marginal seat

  1. Finally we see one of the faces of the nameless, faceless and gutless men of THE LIbEralS helping a candidate who doesn’t even know his own party policies.

  2. But I am surprised one of THE LIbEralS friend, News Ltd actually reported on this disgusting behavior when News Ltd and their reporters especially Bolt are well known for their disgusting behavior.

  3. Don’t you hate it when one person looking in at themselves in the mirror, thinks they speak for all Australians with “is not supported by Australians”?

  4. It’s disappointing to see political discourse sink to this level. I handed out how-to-vote cards for the Greens in Deakin and helped do a little last-minute campaigning, and it was a positive experience. All the other booth workers, from every side of the political spectrum, were without exception really friendly people.

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