MEMBER for Tangney Dennis Jensen has not ruled out running as an independent in the seat of Tangney.
Dr Jensen, who was dumped as the preferred candidate by the Liberal Party at the weekend, said he had been approached by members of the public, but had not thought much further ahead.
“I haven’t really thought about it… there are people who have asked me,” he said.
Reflecting on the weekend, Dr Jensen said he was stunned by the Liberal Party’s decision to endorse Ben Morton over him, given the swing towards Liberal during his parliamentary career.
“I’m the most popular member the party has ever had in Tangney, and they decided they wanted to sack me,” he said.
Dr Jensen said it would be business as usual in his electorate and he would move forward to seek compensation from News Corp, after The Australian published information he called “methodically wrong.”
“I am suing The Australian… I am seeking compensation, they trashed my reputation nationwide,” he said.
Meanwhile, online betting company SportsBet has got itself among the Tangney political storm, taking bets on whether Dr Jensen will run as an independent at this year’s Federal election.
The bookies say Dr Jensen has a $3.00 chance at running as an independent.
On the back of news that Dr Jensen would be replaced on the ballot paper by Ben Morton, the Coalition have drifted from a $1.01 chance to retain the seat of Tangney out to $1.05 while Mr Jensen as an independent is second favourite to be elected at $8.50.
Dr Jensen has not commented on the prospect of running as an independent.
According to SportsBet
Will Dennis Jensen run for Tangney as an Independent?
Tangney (WA) (if Dennis Jensen Runs as an independent)
$1.05 Coalition (out from $1.01)
$8.50 Dennis Jensen (independent)
$26.00 Any Other