Peel Hotel owner, Tom McFeely has revealed he is seeking endorsement from the Liberal Party to stand as a number two in time for the Victorian election this year.
McFeely said he will seek backing as a second position Liberal candidate for the Upper House, Northern Metropolitan Region seat.
The seat is currently held by Liberal MP Matthew Guy who is expected to re-contest.
“I want to do more and I feel that the best way to do this is to stand for Parliament,” McFeely said in a statement.
McFeely said he was aware his choice of party would be contentious among the community who’ve struggled for Liberal support on many gay rights issues in Victoria.
“Despite my background, I grew up believing and encouraged by Liberal principles; ideology and philosophy; and I consider myself a prime example of what the Liberal principles of initiative and free enterprise can achieve for the individual,” he said.
“It is my firm belief that the GLBTIQ community and society at large are much better served under a Liberal government than a Labor one.
“We only have to look at the most recent laws introduced and passed by Labor that allow active discrimination against our community by church groups to see that Labor does not have all the answers.”