Mudgeeraba MP Ros Bates has slammed “criminal thugs” on the Gold Coast, who have been damaging her election signs.
The teenagers, linked to the Mexican Hoon Cartel gang, have taken to social media to share videos of themselves targeting the LNP frontbencher by defacing her corflutes.
In the clips, which have been supplied to myGC, the hoons can be seen driving over and doing burnouts on Ms Bates’ election signs.
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Other videos show the gang cutting and graffitiing the corflutes, with captions including “Ros Bates is copping it”.
It’s believed the attack is in retaliation to the LNP’s campaign against hoons, which Ms Bates is a strong advocate for.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the local MP said she will not be intimidated.
“I am sick to death of hoons in Mudgeeraba and this criminal behaviour that’s been occurring over the past two days will not intimidate me,” she said.
“You cannot threaten me or my family, or the residents of Mudgeeraba, without police taking action.”
Ms Bates said the vandals are only helping her campaign.
“The hoons are criminal thugs and more than anything they’re just getting me more votes,” she said.
“Everyday they smash one of my signs, every time they do a burnout on one of my hinterland roads, all they’re doing is getting me more votes in Mudgeeraba”.