Controversial media personality Sam Newman has tempted the waters to run for Lord Mayor of Melbourne and was quizzed about the role on Thursday and the Sunrise hosts’ reactions said it all.
Newman has been in a war-of-words with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews over the ban on playing golf during the coronavirus pandemic in Melbourne.
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But more recently, the former AFL player shifted his focus to Melbourne’s issues and has again floated the idea to run for mayor.
Newman previously floated the idea back in 2018, but was overseas when the nominations opened and closed and therefore opted out.
However, believing he can make a difference in the city, Newman claimed he could change a few things in Victoria’s capital.
But in a bizarre interview with Channel 7’s Natalie Barr and David Koch, he provoked some interesting reactions from the hosts when answering questions on what he would actually change.
Barr started off asking Newman about what he would focus on, which Newman replied: “Well, what a Dorothy Dix question.”
Her face said it all.
Newman then rattled off a list of issues he would look at without going into any detail.
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Controversial AFL great Sam Newman is putting his hand up for Lord Mayor of Melbourne. pic.twitter.com/XyuMQe9gfJ
“Like, listening to what people want … security, policing, safety, homeless, traffic, graffiti, litter, a whole lot of things,” Newman said.
“Pretty normal, passive things. Sensible things.”
Koch couldn’t help but burst out laughing when he asked what type of leader he would be.
Newman said: “Listening to what people want and, you’ll love this, but being conciliatory.”
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Recently, Newman's decades-long career at Channel Nine ended after the controversial figure sparked outrage with an explosive rant about George Floyd.
Furthermore, Newman appeared in blackface during a segment on the AFL Footy Show in 1999, pretending to be Indigenous player Nicky Winmar who failed to turn up for a guest appearance.
While Newman’s media past brings with it a list of controversies that has prompted severe criticism, he defended his past.
When asked about it, he claimed: “I only comment on people, not who they are or where they come from or what their inclinations are.”