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There’s something about Mandy! You either love her or hate her. She is incredibly polarising in our community. 

On the love-her side, there are hundreds of people Mandy has helped make massive breakthroughs in confidence, self-expression, and self-esteem by participating in her comedy courses. There are thousands of people she has brought to tears of laughter with decades of comedy gigs. As well as the many Echo readers that bear a Mandy-induced smile each week owing to some amusing insight in her column. 

Over on the hate-her side, there are loads of people that absolutely despise her. They deride her as crazy, pro-vax, man-hating, man-loving, not funny and all manner of other slurs I choose not to include in this letter. 

Now that she’s running for The Greens, the polarisation couldn’t be more apparent. 

A disclaimer: I love Mandy, we are friends, I have done several of her courses. I think she’s funny and intelligent. But on politics, we differ. Given that she is a comedian, Mandy is not someone I would initially choose to represent me or this community when it comes to something serious like politics. But in this instance, it’s a no-brainer. 

You see, we have a unique opportunity to have our Richmond representative be someone who actually lives where we live in Mullumbimby. Mandy doesn’t live in Ballina or Tweed Heads or Byron Bay – none of the big centres. She lives right here in Mullumbimby, right in the heart of Richmond. 

Her family is here, her community is here, her interests are here. Finally, we could have someone that understands our community’s wants and needs and is able to take them to a federal platform. 

And they will listen. Why? Because they’ll have to. 

Mandy, a big woman with a big mouth will be using the full weight of her words to have our message heard. 

She won’t tolerate deaf dickheads saying stupid shit at her; she’s had to deal with hecklers her whole career. She knows how to communicate effectively; she’s maintained a weekly column longer than most of us have held jobs. Most importantly, she’s fearless and will go for the jugular. That’s why I am voting Mandy for Richmond. 

Obi McDonald-Saint, Wilsons Creek

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  1. So leaders bring the people together in common cause, which is a requirement to lead people, otherwise they would just fight with each other and not move.
    So Obi Obi is saying that Mandy does the thing that is the opposite to the thing that any leader has to do to be able to be a leader.
    Well it seems like a stab in the back but you know what they say about people with hyphenated names.

  2. Ah. . . we live in a time of change. Just listen to ScoMo project his
    act of near on male-buffered-screaming. His ongoing followers
    appear bewitched by it. Mandy, on the other hand knows how &
    when to stall her trumpet to get the best of it.

    • If you want to see a politician use her voice to unite people against the liberal party, go watch Pauline Hanson’s interviews on skynews. She is determined to get rid of the Liberal establishment.

    • She is being consistent with her stance all along. The confusion on the left is in thinking that the ‘not-left’ is some how one big blob instead of an eco-system of different philosophic ideas that mostly disagree with each other.
      It seems to be lost on people that those protesters at Canberra, while brought together by vaccine mandates, were actually down there pushing for the Governor-General to dismiss the Morrison regime for failing to enforce the laws on the state govts, and to enact the AEC’s election reform recommendations before this election.
      Those you call ‘the far right’ are more upset with the Liberals than you are.

  3. A comedian of Mandy’s calibre is sorely needed among the crowd of clowns in Parliament: she would bring some sanity and integrity to the job, qualities sorely missing in the rest of the offerings for this election.


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