PALMER United Party candidate Dean Lynch says he is pleased with the Liberal victory in Eden-Monaro, as news Labor incumbent Mike Kelly conceded defeat in the tight race this morning.
Mr Lynch polled 5.25 per cent of the primary vote and it is likely his preferencing of Peter Hendy at number two is what got the Liberal candidate over the line in the two-party preferred stakes.
“I always knew he’d need my preferences to get elected and in our discussions we agreed that I would preference him at number two and he’d do vice-versa,” Mr Lynch said on Friday.
“However, if he becomes a federal member who forgets the South-East I’ll be sure to remind him who helped get him there.
“He needs to step up to the plate now.”
Mr Lynch said he was more than happy with PUP’s showing on the national stage, and even more so when it came to Eden-Monaro.
“It [the primary vote result] was pretty amazing – it goes to show there are a lot of disillusioned people in this South-East corner,” he said.
Palmer United Party was all about better representation for regional Australia and we offered that alternative.
“I’m happy to have stood for election and I’m also happy I was part of helping the Liberal Party get elected.”
In his other political role, Mr Lynch was returned as mayor of Cooma-Monaro on Monday.
“I’m back to being a farmer, a mayor and a local business owner and that suits me.”