If the fact that disgraced former Nats MP for Clarence Steve Cansdell was such a big part of the Chris Gulaptis campaign in the Clarence by-election gave more than a few people on the NSW North Coast pause for thought, then some statements and media reports since could be viewed as alarming.
This is Gulaptis after claiming victory:
“Mr Gulaptis said he will follow in the footsteps of his hard-working predecessor…. Mr Gulaptis said he would be talking to Mr Cansdell about these and other issues, as he had a lot of respect for what he achieved and knowledge he gained after more than eight years as member for Clarence.”
Gulaptis’ elevation to Clarence MP is so ambiguous that on the 18th November this year the Murdoch media itself was confused enough to think that the new member of the O’Farrell Government is none other than that right-wing chimera “Steve Gulaptis”:
Snapshot taken 10.30am 21st November 2011