Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised his politically active son-in-law on Twitter, but refused to back the beaten Wentworth candidate for the Liberal Party.
The day before voters in the affluent suburbs of East Sydney voted, Mr. Turnbull retweeted an image of his daughter Daisy and her husband James Brown in the reopening of the renewed ANZAC war memorial in Hyde Park.
Mr. Brown's social media image with his war medals was retweeted by the former Singaporean prime minister, after he repeatedly refused to tweet an endorsement of the Wentworth Liberal Party's partial election, Dave Sharma, who suffered a 19% blow against him. on Saturday.
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Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised his politically active son-in-law on Twitter (pictured), but refused to back the beaten Wentworth candidate for the Liberal Party
James Brown (in the second photo with his father-in-law Malcolm Turnbull in July 2016) is a member of the Paddington branch of the Liberal Party in the Wentworth electorate
Brown, a war veteran who toured service in Iraq and Afghanistan, became the President of the Service and Returned League in New South Wales last year.
The 33-year-old father of Turnbull's two grandchildren in Australia, Jack and Alice, last year also took control of the Paddington branch of the Liberal Party, in the Wentworth electorate.
A member of the Liberal Party in Wentworth, who surrendered to Mr. Sharma on Saturday, said there was widespread speculation within the branches that Mr. Turnbull wanted his son-in-law to finally take over his old seat.
"There has been speculation for some time, even before Turnbull was launched, that Turnbull wanted James Brown to succeed him at Wentworth," a moderate faction source told Daily Mail Australia on Monday.
The former prime minister had repeatedly refused to tweet an endorsement for Wentworth's Liberal Party candidate, Dave Sharma (right with Prime Minister Scott Morrison)
"The timing of the tweet in support of Brown, given that he did not support Sharma, is disturbing.
& # 39; It will be interesting to see if you raise your hand & # 39;
Dave Sharma is testing Dr. Kerryn Phelps, a high profile and independent, from 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent, after preferences, according to the updated figures from the Australian Electoral Commission.
The Liberal Party suffered a 19 percent swing against it in partial elections in a seat that had only been Australia's largest conservative party since its creation in the Federation in 1901.
War veteran James Brown (pictured, second left with his son Jack and his wife Daisy) last year became President of the Return and Service League in New South Wales
Malcolm Turnbull (pictured at the Sydney airport with his wife Lucy) refused to endorse Wentworth's liberal candidate Dave Sharma while staying in New York and Singapore
It was the biggest anti-government change in a federal partial election since April 1992, when Wills' seat inside former Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke went to an independent.
Turnbull rejected the requests of his bitter liberal predecessor, Tony Abbott, Prime Scott Morrison and Sharma, either to tweet an endorsement of the liberal candidate or to record a message of robocall.
"It was a disgrace that Malcolm Turnbull did not help Dave Sharma and there were many liberal members who expressed their anger over this at the after party on Saturday night," said the Liberal Party member.
The former president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr. Kerryn Phelps, a doctor from Double Bay, looks set to win Wentworth, which has been a conservative seat since its inception in 1901
Daily Mail Australia contacted Mr. Turnbull and Mr. Brown for an answer.
Dr. Phelps, former president of the Australian Medical Association and gay marriage activist, is likely to become the first independent to win a federal seat in Sydney since Ted Mack won North Sydney in the 1990 and 1993 elections, before retiring. in 1996.
The doctor from Double Bay was congratulated on Twitter by the son of Malcolm Turnbull, based in Singapore, who made a video on Facebook during the campaign urging the voters of Wentworth to avoid support for the Liberal Party.