Damian Magner, Greensparty candidate in Melbourne northern suburbs council Banyule, in its Hawdon Ward, had a volcanic temper tantrum in the presence of voters and campaign rivals this week at the early voting centre in Greensborough over being linked to the increasingly unappealing Greensparty machine, VEXNEWS investigators report.
When a voter asked one of the campaign volunteers whether there was a Greens candidate (in the same way as one would check whether there was a serial killer or drug peddler to avoid), the campaigner helpfully pointed out that Magner is a Green. Damian reacted violently to this description – “went berserk” according to one distressed eyewitness – emphatically denying that he was a Greensparty candidate and that he was running as an independent. He has been a serial and unsuccessful Greensparty candidate in the area, so his denial was seen by the uncharitable as deceitful in the extreme.
Magner might enjoy his herbal tea and chai latte but he’s seen by locals who have to endure him as an intensely wound-up and unpleasant fellow. Former local MP Craig Langdon, who reinvented as a local councillor, showing he’s a sucker for punishment, should perhaps offer the angry Greenista a relaxing back-rub, Banyule jesters have proposed. Locals explain that even his running-mate David Carbone dropped Magner like a hot spud when he found out his electoral material was being endorsed by a local developer. In protest, Carbone is now referencing rival and genuinely independent council aspirant Steve Briffa.
The explosive Magner is as community minded as Pol Pot, explain those familiar with the situation. Word around ALP circles is that Magner’s next-door neighbour recently rang an Labor MP’s office and insisted the ALP candidate put a sign in their front yard because Magner had never spoken to him and one time when the neighbour had a shopping bag accident in the front of his house, Magner walked straight by without offering any assistance.