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Liberal candidate pledges Dan Andrews "will be brought to justice for the murder of 800 people"
Michael Piastrino is running in the Victorian Premier's seat of Mulgrave.
Liberal candidate Michael Piastrino, who is running in Daniel Andrews' seat of Mulgrave, has pledged the Victorian Premier "will be brought to justice for the murder of 800 people" during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
According to the Liberal Party website, Piastrino "is a strong believer that small-medium size businesses are the heartbeat of Victoria."
"If elected, Michael would seek to continue this advocacy in the Parliament."
In an interview with Rukshan Fernando - better known as Real Rukshan - Piastrino spoke about what would be done if the Liberals were elected at next month's election.
"We'll be getting rid of all the dodgy policies Daniel Andrews has put through, and he will be brought to justice for the murder of 800 people...for not allowing loved to kiss their loved ones goodbye who were dying in intensive care."
The "murder of 800 people" appears to refer to the state's 768 COVID-19 deaths recorded since the end of May 2020 up until late September 2020.
At the time, it was reported that hotel quarantine failures were "responsible" for the state's second wave of the virus.
Piastrino this morning issued a statement, apologising for the remark.
"I wish to apologise for the inappropriate language I used in an interview over the weekend."
Mulgrave is currently held by Andrews on a 15.8% margin, and is considered a safe seat for Labor.
At the 2018 election, the other candidates running were Maree Davenport (Liberal), Ovi Rajasinghe (Greens), Des Kelly (Democratic Labour) and Nadeem Malik (Transport Matters).
In addition to Piastrino, 4 other candidates have been announced to take on the Victorian Premier.
Mulgrave candidates (2022)
ALP Daniel Andrews (Labor)*
LIB Michael Piastrino (Liberal)
GRN Robert Lim (Greens)
AJP Danielle Duck (Animal Justice)
FP Aidan McLindon (Freedom)
IND Ian Cook (Independent)
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