The man responsible for a Campbell Newman parody Twitter account has been arrested after an alleged dispute on the state election campaign trail in Fortitude Valley.
The ABC reports that a 44-year-old man, who goes by @Can_Do_Campbell on Twitter, was wearing an “I’m with stupid” T-shirt when he allegedly heckled LNP volunteers in Fortitude Valley around 8:30am.
Labor candidate Grace Grace and LNP MP Robert Cavallucci were both campaigning on the street, but Cavallucci said it was his volunteers that were heckled.
“It was my volunteers who were harassed and pushed,” he said.
Ms Grace’s campaign manager, Judie Jabour, tweeted that all the man was doing was waving at cars, and questioned the excessive police response, which she said involved at least 10 officers.
— Judi Jabour (@judi_jabour) January 7, 2015
— Judi Jabour (@judi_jabour) January 8, 2015
The man, whose Campbell Newman parody account has 7,100 followers, was taken to the Brisbane watch house and charged with public nuisance, but was later released.
He is due to appear in court early next month.
Shortly before his arrest, @Can_Do_Campbell tweeted a poster of Mr Cavallucci and questioned why it didn’t feature any LNP logos.
I’m curious as to why Rob Cavallucci doesn’t have any LNP logos on any of his advertising. Guilty by association? pic.twitter.com/KrNUHRzyrI
— Not Strong Campbell (@Can_do_Campbell) January 7, 2015
Mr Cavallucci holds the seat of Brisbane Central by a 4.9 per cent margin. Ms Grace previously held the seat from 2007 until 2012, when she lost to Mr Cavallucci.
— Not Strong Campbell (@Can_do_Campbell) January 8, 2015