Politician widely touted as New South Wales’ next premier is accused of intentionally making himself look taller in photos
- Chris Minns said Dominic Perrottet is ‘lying’ about being 6-foot-4
- Consultant John Macgowan now accuses Mr Minns of height anxiety
- Says he makes himself appear taller by clever posing in photos
A politician widely touted to be New South Wales’ next premier has been accused of intentionally making himself look taller in photos as the election heats up.
Chris Minns, the NSW Labor leader, joked that NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is ‘lying’ about being 6-foot-4 (193cm) during a radio appearance Tuesday morning.
Following the comments, independent private consultant John Macgowan alleged that Mr Minns himself has ‘height anxiety’ and deliberately poses in photos to appear taller than he is – but Labor have hit back claiming its leader is 6-feet tall (182.8cm) and there’s no trickery involved in his photos.
Chris Minns, the leader of NSW Labor (centre) and rising star in the party, joked that NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is ‘lying’ about being 6-foot-4 during a radio appearance Tuesday morning
Mr Minns appeared on KIIS 106.5’s Kyle and Jackie O show on Tuesday morning, following an appearance from Mr Perrottet a day earlier as they prepare for the state election at the end of the month.
Mr Perrottet said he would commit to going on a run with Mr Minns, and claimed his height could give him an advantage despite his rival being an avid jogger.
When the opposition leader confirmed he would take part in the race, he joked: ‘I think there’s some height inflation there. If he’s claiming six foot four then I’m calling him a liar.’
Following the comments, John Macgowan, a former political strategist turned private consultant, revealed he was ‘doing an investigation into Minns’ height anxiety and how many of his more statuesque female colleagues appear to shrink in official photographs. Mr Minns is pictured centre
Following the comments, Mr Macgowan commented on how many of his more statuesque female colleagues appear to shrink in official photographs.
‘Chris Minns took a swipe at Dom Perrotet’s height so I thought it was worth taking a closer look at his, and it turns out there’s a lot of discrepancies in his official photos that appear to make him taller than he may really be,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Obviously you don’t need to be tall to be Premier but it goes to show the lengths political strategists will go to make their candidates look good, or make their colleagues look shorter as the case may be.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Macgowan shared a series of photos of Mr Minns (centre), including one where he appeared the same height as MP Steve Kamper (far right) who is 6-foot-2
‘Political campaigns are such sterile affairs nowadays.
‘I thought it would be funny to take a dig at just how shallow some of the strategies people like me employ to get ahead of the competition really are,’ he added.
Taking to Twitter, Mr Macgowan shared a series of photos of Mr Minns, including one where he appeared the same height as Steve Kamper – a 6ft2 MP (188cm).
But in another photo, he appears the same height as Greg Warren, a much shorter politician.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, a Labor spokesperson joked: ‘It’s true. This is obviously a huge setback for our campaign.’
‘It was a secret we’d hope would last until election day.’
‘We have 17 days to bring it back’.
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