THE Liberal Party has orchestrated a letters to the editor campaign in an effort to save Sophie Mirabella’s Indi seat from challenger Cathy McGowan.
The Crikey website this week published an email from Mrs Mirabella’s media advisor, Adam Wyldeck, dated August 1, which asked Liberal supporters to start writing more letters to the editor in response to an active campaign by the independent from Voice4Indi.
“We are getting severely outflanked and outgunned by a far more active and enthusiastic campaign team,” the email stated.
“We need to turn the tables.”
North East Newspapers publications the Wangaratta Chronicle, Myrtleford Times and Bright Observer were listed as target newspapers along with the Benalla Ensign, Alexandra & Eildon Standard, Border Mail and Corryong Courier.
Mr Wyldeck expressed concerns that only three pro-Liberal letters had been published in the lead up to the election, but the Chronicle has now received seven letters in support of Mrs Mirabella since the plea was sent to supporters.
Some were from regular letter writers to the paper.
Mr Wyldeck suggested to supporters that letters focus on Mrs Mirabella as strong and experienced, refer to Ms McGowan’s previous statement of having no policies, and focus on problems of independents having little influence outside a hung parliament.
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