Tex courts Twitter trouble. Two of the country’s most powerful PR guns are set to go head-to-head in what looks to be yet another case of 140 characters that may have been better left untweeted.
PR legend-cum-motoring columnist John Connolly is suing Liberal Party pollster Mark Textor for allegedly sending a tweet that defamed him over his role as the spinner at the centre of the Star Casino s-x scandal.
“Tex” (who isn’t averse to making the odd legal demand himself) is alleged to have said Connolly should be brought before the Independent Commission Against Corruption over emails leaked about The Star, according to a report in The Australian.
It’s not the first time The Power Index’s No. 4 most powerful spinner/adviser has been involved in a social media legal stoush. Textor and his partner Lynton Crosby are currently suing federal Labor MP Mike Kelly for accusing their firm Crosby Textor of push polling. For more Twitter fun you can follow Tex at @markatextor and JC at @connollyjohn.
BobKat to get the cream? Bob Katter’s Australia Party, fresh from a decent showing in the recent Queensland election, could be in for an even better performance at next year’s federal poll if analysis in today’s Australian Financial Review is any indication.
A breakdown of last month’s Sunshine state ALP wipeout by former Labor senator John Black says that Katter’s mob could hold the balance of power in the senate with the Coalition if voting patterns were replicated federally.
In the lower house, Black says that 46 ALP members would be part of the hypothetical bloodletting including Bill Shorten, Greg Combet, Stephen Smith, Wayne Swan and Simon Crean. Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and Chris Bowen would be the lucky few on the front bench to survive. Merde!
Nathan Tinkler subs out. Soccer’s battle of the billionaires took another turn today as coal mining magnate Nathan Tinkler withdrew his support for A-League team the Newcastle Jets.
Tinkler, a lover of all things sport and horseflesh, has been part of the ongoing imbroglio between former Gold Coast United owner Clive Palmer and round ball game brass backed by shopping centre king Frank Lowy.
In a statement, Tinkler lieutenant Troy Palmer from Hunter Sports Group said returning the Jets licence was a difficult decision forced upon them by a breakdown in confidence with ruling body Football Federation Australia.