Glamorous Liberal candidate is bombarded with sexist slurs about her appearance: ‘Show us your t***, not your policies’
- Young lawyer is being targeted for her looks as she tries to win seat from Labor
- Attacks on glamorous candidate are costing her campaign thousands of dollars
- Brooke Vitnell was previously subjected to a sexist slur from MP on her own side
A young Liberal candidate has been subjected to shocking abuse over her looks, including being told that her views don’t matter, only her breasts.
Brooke Vitnell, 30, is hoping to win the marginal seat of Paterson in the NSW Hunter region off Labor’s Meryl Swanson.
Four years ago, it was someone from her own side of politics – former Queensland Opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek – who made a lewd online comment about Ms Vitnell.
But now the glamorous lawyer is being targeted to supporters of other parties and none, and its costing her campaign thousands of dollars to replace defaced posters.
Glamorous lawyer Brooke Vitnell (pictured) has been subjected to lewd comments about her looks for years
In 2018, Mr Langbroek posted a suggestive comment about Ms Vitnell’s cleavage on social media.
He posted the symbols ‘(.)(.)’, which represent boobs, next to a photo of her with her husband at the Parliament House Midwinter Ball.
Now, with the federal election 11 days away and pre-polling already open, Ms Vitnell is being called a ‘slut’ and and ‘bimbo’ with ‘no brains’ by online trolls.
‘Because I’m a bottle blonde and I dye my hair, they’re just savaging me for my looks,’ Ms Vitnell said.
Calling for an end to the abuse, she said it was a concerted campaign attacking my trying to discredit her and suggest she is stupid.
‘On the street I’ve had people say show us your t***, don’t talk about policies,’ she told News Corp.
The attacks are also costing her campaign a lot of money. She had to reprint around 800 posters since the election was called, and had lost more than 100 corflutes over the weekend.
Some of her poster were torn down and others had sexual slurs scrawled on them – one had male genitalia spray painted on it by her face.
On Facebook, a commenter said ‘I won’t vote for any major party, but I will follow your OnlyFans account’ – a reference to a paid for pornography website.
Brooke Vitnell (pictured right) with her husband Julian Leembruggen (left) has been subjected to sexual slurs online about her looks
Many online comments attacking Ms Vitnell use symbols to refer to her breasts in the same manner as her Liberal colleague Mr Langbroek, whose sister is the radio host and Project panellist Kate Langbroke, previously did.
Ms Vitnell, who is an advocate for abuse victims, said ‘the left’ is using appearance to attack candidates such as herself in ‘tight races’.
She said she fears such attacks will put the next generation of women off going into politics.
‘Our parliament desperately needs to be more representative of society, and that includes young women,’ she said.
Liberal candidate for Patterson Brooke Vitnell (second left) is pictured with Prime Minister Scott Morrison (centre)
Ms Vitnell’s husband Julian Leembruggen is Scott Morrison’s communications adviser.
The prime minister appeared alongside Ms Vitnell last November, saying he was ‘thrilled’ that women had stepped forward to take up roles in politics.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Vitnell seeking comment for this story.