Dan Andrews’ wife Catherine’s desperate act to kiss and make up with reporters after mass blocking spree
- Victorian premier’s wife Catherine Andrews arrived at conference with food
- Mrs Andrews fronted the first campaign event armed with sandwiches and cake
- She was nowhere to be seen on Thursday after news broke of her 2013 car crash
- She hit a 15-year-old cyclist, who was compensated $80,000, with kids in the car
Victorian Premier Dan Andrews’ wife appears to be trying to win over some of the journalists she locked out of her Twitter account after she went on a mass blocking spree during the Covid pandemic.
Catherine Andrews has intermittently joined her husband on his campaign bus as it travels around Victoria ahead of the state election on November 26.
Mrs Andrews joined her husband last Wednesday, the first day of his campaign, with an array of treats for some of the journalists she infamously blocked after they asked the premier some tough questions during the pandemic.
Mrs Andrews’ selection of snacks also came one day before news resurfaced of her car crash with a 15-year-old in 2013 that left him hospitalised for 11 days.
While Mrs Andrews’ ‘sandwich diplomacy’ was appreciated by some, it’s done little to thaw the tension between the journalists who remain, to this day, on her blocked list.
High-profile names on the list include ABC presenter Leigh Sales, 3AW’s Neil Mitchell and Seven’s Victorian political editor Sharnelle Vella.
Victorian Premier Dan Andrews’s wife, Catherine Andrews, appeared at Labor’s first campaign event with trays of sandwiches and cakes (pictured, Dan and Catherine Andrews last Wedneday)
The pair arrived on Labor’s campaign bus (above) and handed the treats out to media at Wednesday’s press conference
Several of the blocked journalists at Wednesday’s conference were shocked, according to The Australian, when Mrs Andrews emerged from the Labor campaign bus and offered them trays of sandwiches, pastries and cakes.
It’s the second time Mrs Andrews has tried to work her way into the hearts of journalists through their stomachs.
Four years ago, Mrs Andrews laid out a feast of scones, club sandwiches, rolls and fruit for media at the Wangaratta home of Dan Andrew’s mother.
But Mrs Andrews was nowhere to be seen on Thursday after news broke of her 2013 car crash where she accidentally hit a 15-year-old boy while her three children were in the car with her.
The young cyclist, who was given $80,000 in compensation when he turned 18, has recently claimed the incident was swept under the rug without a proper investigation.
Mrs Andrews is infamous for blocking journalists who criticise her husband on Twitter (pictured, a photo shared by Dan Andrew’s on Wednesday which he captioned ‘campaign day one, with my number one’)
Premier Andrews managed to dodge 17 questions about the crash on Thursday before Mrs Andrews appeared in front of the media on Friday to address the situation.
‘I don’t know if you’ve ever been involved in an accident like this before,’ she said.
‘It was a terrible thing. It was so traumatic for everyone involved.
‘Our kids were really little, like Joseph was only five.
‘Daniel has spoken about this, I’ve spoken about this and I’m going to leave it there.’
Photos from Friday were far from the sombre nature of the ‘traumatic’ crash and featured the Andrews couple cuddling puppies to mark a $13.4m pre-election promise to build six new dog parks and improve 22 existing ones.
Dan Andrews will face off against Opposition Leader Matthew Guy in the next Victorian state election on November 26.
Mrs Andrews (above) briefly addressed the 2013 car crash on Friday while her husband unveiled Labor’s pre-election promise to build six new dog parks
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