Wedding day trumps PUP launch for dad
ANTHONY Stanton was torn on the weekend.
Would he attend the launch of the Palmer United Party's election campaign at Clive Palmer's Coolum resort or his eldest daughter Ashleigh's wedding at St Mary's Church?
"At the end of the day I am more scared of my wife Sandra than I am of Clive," Mr Stanton, the PUP candidate for Blair, joked.
"If I am going to be on the bad side of one of those, I know what side the bread is buttered on."
Mr Stanton also had a chuckle when asked how he broke the news to Mr Palmer that he wouldn't be going to the launch.
"I didn't have the heart to tell him," Mr Stanton grinned.
"I told him through (senate candidate) Glenn Lazarus and the party executive. Hopefully Clive is still talking to me. But Clive is very clear on family being a priority.
"So although I was faced with a dilemma, the choice I had to make was obvious."
Ashleigh married Jason Tooley at St Mary's Church in Ipswich.
"It is a very special moment for a father when your eldest daughter gets married," he said.
"I walked Ashleigh down the aisle and gave her away. She was looking radiant."
The timing of the wedding was unavoidable.
"Since Kevin Rudd came back to power, August 24 had been touted as a possible election date," Mr Stanton said.
"That was the wedding date that had been set 18 months ago.
"But even by putting the election back to September 7 it still coincided with one of the busiest campaigning weekends and the federal launch of the Palmer United Party."
Mr Stanton had interstate and international guests to entertain on the Sunday so was unable to attend day two of the party launch.
The reception was held at the Darling St Chapel and Mr Stanton said it was the ideal venue.
"It was a good advertisement for Ipswich with a lot of out-of-towners making positive comments about Darling St Chapel being a really nice venue," he said.
"We got a lot of positive feedback about Ipswich and how friendly it is."
Meanwhile Mr Stanton said he was receiving "solid support" from the electorate ahead of the election.
"I think it might take more than one election to build it to a meaningful level but there are certainly a lot of people with their eyes open and ready to accept what we stand for," he said.
"Our message of common sense is certainly striking a few chords.
"Whenever people comment after my public appearances they say, 'Surprisingly, the Palmer United bloke was pretty good'."