Kooyong independent candidate Monique Ryan says Josh Frydenberg’s mother-in-law anecdote is ‘unacceptable’

Kooyong independent candidate Monique Ryan has called out Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s behaviour as “unacceptable” after he involved one of her family members in the battle for the marginal inner-Melbourne seat.

During his campaign launch on Sunday, the treasurer told the crowd he had shared an interaction with Dr Ryan’s mother-in-law, during which she said she would be voting for him.

“A very nice lady in her 70’s I think, said ‘Josh I am voting for you, I am Monique Ryan’s mother-in-law,”‘ he said.

Josh Frydenberg surrounded by supporters at his campaign launch on Sunday. (Nine)

Dr Ryan accused Mr Frydenberg of “misquoting” her family member.

“It’s unacceptable for Josh Frydenberg to bring my family into the political fray,” she wrote on Twitter.

“It’s behaviour like this that has turned so many people in Kooyong away from Mr Frydenberg and the Liberal Party.

“Political discourse in this country should be of a higher standard.”

Kooyong independent Monique Ryan accused the treasurer of misquoting her mother-in-law. (Nine)

Mr Frydenberg defended the anecdote, saying he recalled the interaction “word-for-word”.

“I was approached by a lady on Auburn Road. She said ‘Josh I’ll be voting for you’. I said ‘that’s nice’ and she said ‘I’m Monique Ryan’s mother-in law’. I said ‘why are you voting for me?’ and she said ‘because you know what you’re doing and you’re a nice person’,” he told The Age.

“Those were her exact words. They are word for word. I said ‘thank you very much’.”

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Asked earlier on Sunday whether it was offensive to draw Ryan’s relatives into the campaign, Frydenberg said “absolutely no”.

The seat of Kooyong — which takes in Melbourne suburbs such as Kew and Hawthorn has historically been one of the Liberal Party’s safest seats.

However, it is now at risk of being lost to Dr Ryan.

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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