…if you scratch my back…
Albury council perennial Patricia Gould was down at the local Apex club scouting for a few stooge candidates to fill a ticket through the week.
Turns out Pat has done the odd “favour” for the Apexians (by “favour” I mean a little like Sir Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic expedition burying supplies in the snow at random intervals in case of hard times, notching up a few IOU’s among the local Apexians).
Well Pat’s nepotism has payed off and she’s managed to fill up her ticket with promises of “hey, do this for me and I’ll see about getting you elected next time around”.
Kind of reminds me of the fracas around George Seitz and the branch stacking scandal at Sydenham soccer club before the Kororoyt byelection.
It may not technically be branch stacking, but it sails perilously close to the wind.
I guess pulling shifties like this is how Patricia Gould has managed to stay on council since Methuselah wore short pants.
I think it’s a shame, community organisations like Apex are supposed to be about altruism not nepotism, it takes the shine off a lot of the good works they do when they jump into bed with local politics, particularly the style of politics Patricia “Rattus rattus” Gould is only too well known for.
Here’s the contents of an email I recieved on 29th July. As always, I reveal my sources only on their request.
I got a phone call from my very good friend Pat Gould today, asking if
she could come and see me tomorrow. No more detail, but I doubt she’s
coming to offer me something fantastic for my Apex Club, I guess a few
of her ticket fillers have fallen off the tree since last election and
she’s getting desperate.
I’ll give you more detail after tomorrow’s visitation, but you’ll have
to keep me anon on this one as Pat is pretty much the patron saint of
our Club so we need to keep her on side.
Obviously it’s written by someone within the Apex organisation.
Further on 2nd August, this.
Our meeting got delayed.Here it is, Pat was after me as a ticket warmer. She tells me that she managed to get a full ticket on Wednesday evening, but still wants a backstop in case someone gets cold feet.I politely declined, but Pat offered to support me behind the scenes in ’12 if I run.So no scoop for AWOL this week I’m sorry to say. It may pay to do a small feature on the ticket system, and harass a few of the ticket warmers when they’re announced, you never know what you might shake out.Cheers