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Labor candidate taunts Scott Morrison from Newcastle pub where PM was abused and ambushed

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A Labor candidate has taunted Scott Morrison on social media with a post from a local bar just days after the Prime Minister was abused by a pensioner there.

Taking to Instagram on Saturday afternoon, Dan Repacholi cheekily posted a photo from the same Edgeworth Tavern in Newcastle, NSW, where 73-year-old Ray Drury had confronted the PM on Wednesday night.

Mr Morrison was also tricked into posing for a selfie at the pub with Labor-voting local mum of four Chantelle Howlett who videoed herself with the PM as she told him: ‘Congratulations on being the worst Prime Minister we’ve ever had.’ 

The Labor election hope for the Hunter posted the pic of him drinking with locals with the caption: ‘[email protected], this is how you have a beer at the Edgeworthtavern!

It comes as a fired up Mr Drury revealed he is a Labor supporter – but won’t vote for Anthony Albanese next month in the federal election. 

‘I will vote for the Independents,’ he told The Australian. ‘Scott Morrison, I wouldn’t vote for him, because I don’t respect him, because if you want to respect someone, they’ve got to respect you back.’

Dan Repacholi, the candidate for Labor in the NSW Hunter region has taunted Scott Morrison on social media - just days after the Prime Minister was abused by a 73-year-old pensioner in a local pub (pictured, front)

Dan Repacholi, the candidate for Labor in the NSW Hunter region has taunted Scott Morrison on social media – just days after the Prime Minister was abused by a 73-year-old pensioner in a local pub (pictured, front)

Taking to Instagram on Saturday afternoon, Dan Repacholi cheekily posted a photo from the same Edgeworth Tavern featuring Ray Drury - the 73-year-old who squared up to Morrison

Taking to Instagram on Saturday afternoon, Dan Repacholi cheekily posted a photo from the same Edgeworth Tavern featuring Ray Drury – the 73-year-old who squared up to Morrison

Mr Drury said he wouldn’t vote for Labor as he has tried to contact at least three ministers in the party who have ‘ignored’ him. 

He added both major parties are only seen at election time, and are not in touch with the community.   

Instead, he wanted to vote for an independent candidate to ‘keep the bastards honest’. ‘I’m voting for an independent, I don’t care who it is,’ he said.

There are no independents in his electorate of Newcastle, but he said he still wouldn’t vote for either Labor or the Liberals, as they were ‘both liars.’

The revelations come after the former miner aggressively squared up to Morrison in front of the media in a Newcastle pub on Wednesday. 

Former miner Ray Druary (pictured, left with Scott Morrison) said his anger had been'stewing' for years

Former miner Ray Druary (pictured, left with Scott Morrison) said his anger had been ‘stewing’ for years 

The local accused Morrison of breaking promises as he yelled and pointed at the nation’s leader.

Footage of the toe to toe lit up social media with hundreds of commenters praising the man for his actions, and offering to buy him a beer. 

Others, however, said it was disrespectful of him to swear at and abuse someone in high office. 

The forthright life-long Labor voter also told The Australian he ‘would have done the same thing’ to Labor opposition leader Albanese.   

‘When you’re stewing up over 12 years, and are being rejected – not even listened to – well then of course I am going to take the opportunity,’ he told NBN news.

As the punter (pictured with his back to the camera) bristled, Mr Morrison said he had'raised very important issues' and offered to sit down with him to'get to the bottom' of his concerns

As the punter (pictured with his back to the camera) bristled, Mr Morrison said he had ‘raised very important issues’ and offered to sit down with him to ‘get to the bottom’ of his concerns

Retired miner Ray Drury said he has lost $70,000 and had been ignored by ministers from both major parties

Retired miner Ray Drury said he has lost $70,000 and had been ignored by ministers from both major parties

The retired miner said he receives weekly compensation for health issues picked up from working for 30 years in the mines, yet his disability pension has been compromised by that payment. 

He claims he has lost up to $70,000 and has reached out to dozens of MPs on the matter only to be ‘ignored’, which brought him to boiling point at the pub. 

‘Look mate, you ring up your office and you do nothing, they don’t even return a call,’ he fumed at Morrison. 

Mr Drury said he has prostrate cancer and has had issues with asbestos poisoning, leading to tumours that forced him to retire early. 

The irate pensioner said Labor ministers have also ignored him and he won't be voting for Anthony Albanese (pictured, at the National Farmers Federation Conference last week)

The irate pensioner said Labor ministers have also ignored him and he won’t be voting for Anthony Albanese (pictured, at the National Farmers Federation Conference last week) 

Mr Drury (pictured right) said he would vote for anyone else, but not Labor nor Liberal

Mr Drury (pictured right) said he would vote for anyone else, but not Labor nor Liberal

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