Ditched Liberal advisor Peta Credlin has lashed the “hapless set of bedwetters” who she claimed plotted to oust former boss Tony Abbott as prime minister last year.
Ms Credlin told Sky News that the group that agitated to sack Mr Abbott had also wasted the “wonderful victory of 2013” by giving Malcolm Turnbull poor advice, as News Corp reported that Mr Turnbull had boycotted Sky while Ms Credlin was a paid commentator on the channel.
Seeming to be enjoying a healthy dose of Schadenfreude, Ms Credlin hit out at the Liberals who dumped Mr Abbott because he was polling so badly, noting smugly: “At least he won an election.”
“I feel justified in putting this out there because, you know what? Everyone’s had a crack at me and the advice I gave the prime minister – Tony Abbott – but at least he won an election,” Ms Credlin told Sky host and News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt.
She said Mr Turnbull had broken the “Liberals’ heart” and referred to the plotters as a “hapless group of bedwetters” and said that other senior ministers should stand “condemned” by the disastrous election result for the Coalition.
“Arthur Sinodinos, James McGrath, Scott Ryan – they’re the ones that were at least in the Senate and kept their seats. Wyatt Roy, Peter Hendy – that collective brains-trust that sat there and undid Tony Abbott, I don’t think have been giving the prime minister great advice,” she said.
The attack followed a stoush between Senator McGrath radio shock jock Alan Jones on Seven election coverage broadcast, with each accusing each other being captain or chief of the “bedwetters” and McGrath calling Jones “a grub”.
Ms Credlin reserved a special venom for Wyatt Roy, calling him “Mr Canberra Games” and claiming that his involvement in the leadership coup had cost him his Queensland seat.
” … ‘Mr Canberra Games’ Wyatt Roy ends up with an 8 per cent swing and the loss of his seat – he had a big buffer and he blew it,” Ms Credlin said.
The comments come after a string of barbs by Ms Credlin towards the Prime Minister since she was dumped after the leadership spill in September 2015, and despite the former staffer having worked with Mr Turnbull when he was opposition leader in 2009.
Yet, Ms Credlin has dismissed accusations of undermining Mr Turnbull’s campaign, similar to the claims about former prime minister Kevin Rudd during the 2010 election and warned she had only just warmed up.
“If they think that I’ve tried to settle scores, well they ain’t seen anything yet,” Ms Credlin warned.