Election special No. 2 – while Abbott just loves mountain women, the Kelly Gang rides again

Yeh ha!

Things are jumping in the lower Blue Mountains and the nearby Penrith area as the election campaign reaches new heights of lunacy.

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Now for people with short memories, who is this Jackie Kelly who so arouses the budgie ?

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Heath Aston went on to say

Drafting in Ms Kelly has raised some eyebrows in the party. The Penrith MP was a poster girl for John Howard’s dominance of the outer suburbs during his decade in office but it was also Ms Kelly’s campaign in 2007 that derailed the Howard re-election effort.

The western suburbs of Sydney turned their back on Mr Howard after Ms Kelly’s husband, Gary Clark, and others were caught distributing dodgy pamphlets thanking the ALP, on behalf of an Islamic group that did not exist, for supporting terrorists.

The scandal was credited with preventing any hope of Mr Howard mounting one of his trademark late comebacks and Ms Kelly’s seat of Lindsay fell to Labor on her retirement in the ”Ruddslide” of 2007.

When asked about Ms Kelly’s role in her office, Ms Markus indicated her role was not official. “Jackie is a close friend of mine but I have my campaign staff,” she said before cutting the call short.

Probably a wise move on the part of Louise Markus to dump her bestie if she doesn’t want Macquarie to become the Siege of Glenrowan.

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Now let’s take a look at the notorious and laughably amateurish pamphlet from 2007.

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Two of the culprits were Kelly’s husband and incoming Lindsay candidate Karen Chijoff’s husband Greg Chijoff.

And here’s Squadron Leader Kelly’s husband doing his deer-in-the-headlights act after being caught.

What a quality act!

Gary Clark, husband of MP Jackie Kelly, hides behind the pamphlet.

Lateline had the whole unsavoury saga here.