A deal between Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger, to decide the party’s new state director, has stunned federal and state MPs and party members.
The party’s state administrative committee was on Thursday night set to ratify current deputy campaign director Nick Demiris to take over from Simon Frost, who resigned last month.
Several spoke up against the appointment of Mr Demiris and told Mr Guy of their fears about what it would mean for the party.
The anger also reverberated in Canberra as Liberals questioned whether Mr Demiris, a former staffer to Kevin Andrews, had enough experience to lead the party’s campaign in next year’s state election.
A Liberal source told the Herald Sun on Thursday night that Mr Guy’s allies “have been left reeling by this”. “(They) are openly questioning his judgment and even his character,” the source said.
Another senior Liberal said the selection of Mr Demiris as state director was a “captain’s call” by Mr Kroger. “He has no campaign experience. The Labor Party and Greens will be delighted,” the Liberal said.
(With information from Herald Sun)