WIN or lose, Tony Alessi will emerge from his maiden state election campaign a more battle-hardened man.
Alessi was already well-connected within government circles when he made the decision to stand as Labor’s candidate for Mildura several weeks ago but didn’t realise the extent to which politics can be a brutal game.
Already, he’s faced questions from angry Mallee farmers about the red shirts affair that hangs over Labor’s campaign like a dark cloud, defended Andrews Government policy he has his own misgivings about, and engaged in an internal battle within the party to secure a better deal for a country electorate that, by his own admission, hasn’t been at the front and centre of Labor’s radar for a long time.
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