By Stephen Mayne
The emails are continuing to flow for our journalists in politics lists, which now feature more than 100 names. Along with yours truly, we’ve come up with two journalists who have lost twice:
Margaretta Pos: Journalist for The Mercury in Hobart (and contributor in today’s Crikey) who stood unsuccessfully for Hobart City Council in 2005 and also missed out with just 2.81% of the vote in a tilt for the Tasmanian Legislative Council seat of Queenborough in 1995.
Shane Brennan: the former news director for Win Television in Victoria ran for the Liberals in Ballarat West in 1999 but his campaign was hit by an on-air gaffe when he dropped the f-word while reading the sports news in Shepparton. Now the CEO of the Ballarat Turf Club, Brennan failed to win Liberal Party preselection in Ballarat for the 2006 state poll.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with running and losing. We need more Australians to offer themselves for public office. So far we’ve got almost 30 names on the unsuccessful list so keep the corrections and additions coming to [email protected]