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“This may be the fight of Josh Frydenberg’s political life, but it’s been a pretty soft life,” he wrote, just as Dr Ryan was critising Mr Frydenberg for revealing her elderly mother-in-law had told him she would vote for his re-election during a chance encounter.
“An obsequious panderer, he moved from adviser to parliament. He inherited the safest seat in the country. And he has squandered that lead,” Mr Ryan wrote.
“First time in his protected life that he has been under pressure and he goes after elderly people.
“We need to clean house, move these non-entities out and get some people who know how to lead.”
The posts were first reported by ABC News and prompted Mr Ryan to delete his Twitter account.
A spokesman for Dr Ryan said the comments were wrong and inappropriate.
“These comments were made by Dr Monique Ryan’s brother who lives overseas and has nothing to do with the campaign,” he said in a statement.
“They are totally inappropriate and do not reflect Dr Monique Ryan’s views.”
Kooyong has become one of the most closely watched races in the country, with Climate 200 donors and political benefactor Simon Holmes à Court seeking to oust moderate Liberal MPs such as Mr Frydenberg and force tougher climate polices.
Mr Frydenberg will debate Dr Ryan in a candidate’s forum on Thursday.
He has defended his decision to tell a story about Dr Ryan’s 87-year-old mother-in-law, after she said she would vote for Mr Frydenberg because he was a nice person and knew what he was doing.
Dr Ryan has suggested her husband’s mother was misquoted and said family members should not be used as the basis of political attacks in the race.
Mr Frydenberg did not resile from the anecdote on Wednesday.
“I met a very nice lady on the street who volunteered the fact that she was voting for me, then volunteered the fact that she was Monique Ryan’s mother-in-law.
“It has been subsequently told to me by numerous people that she’s had exactly the same conversation with them. In fact, she’s said if I am successful in the election she will have them over for champagne.”
Mr Frydenberg said former Victorian Liberal premier Ted Baillieu’s son, Rob Baillieu, had criticised him while campaigning for Dr Ryan.
“I think people should be very careful here when they start throwing stones,” Mr Frydenberg said.
“I have absolutely no regrets about telling the truth of a conversation, word for word, what was relayed to me on the street.
“And, dare I say it, that has been relayed to many people in the community, not just myself.”
Mr Frydenberg said he supported the creation of a national anti-corruption commission, but did not repeat Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s description of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption as a “kangaroo court”.
“We’ll all use our own words to explain our own positions,” he said.
“I support a Commonwealth integrity commission. We have a model for doing so. It has got to be the right model in terms of [not] having people proven guilty when they’re not.”