PM endorses McGuire’s candidacy:

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The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has backed the controversial selection of Frank McGuire as Labor’s candidate for the Broadmeadows by-election on February 19.

Mr McGuire is the older brother of media personality Eddie McGuire, and does not live in the electorate.

The seat was left vacant following the resignation of the former Premier, John Brumby.

A group of unions furious with ALP bosses for backing Mr McGuire for the ultra-safe seat, took the matter to the Supreme Court last week, but they failed to force a local preselection ballot.

Ms Gillard says good candidates can come from all walks of life.

“Some of those walks of life have already brought them to public attention, some of those walks of life are a quieter walks of life, and nobody knows their names until they step forward for politics,” he said.

“But I think Mr McGuire will be a good candidate.”

The Liberal Party will not be contesting the by-election and Mr McGuire is widely tipped to win.

He toured the electorate with the Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews today.

Mr McGuire says while he wants to be based in Broadmeadows, he has no firm plans to move there at the moment because his daughter is just starting Grade 11.

“It’s a tricky time and I’m not going to do anything to compromise her chance to do well. And my son’s starting at a new school as well,” he said.

“So I’ve going to have to do a bit of juggling, but I do want to be based back here.”

Mr McGuire grew up in Broadmeadows, but moved away more than 20 years ago.

Federal Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten has given his backing to Mr McGuire.

“I’ve got no doubt that in terms of what’s happened, that the rules of the party have been upheld,” he said.

“Most importantly, what voters in Broadmeadows want is they want a candidate who’ll stand up for them and that’s what they’ve got.”

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