He refused to comment on whether or not he supported Labor Leader Bill Shorten’s bid for prime minster for weeks, but Kevin Rudd has finally spoken.
Earlier in the week, when asked if Mr Shorten had his support, Mr Rudd refused to comment, issuing a stock-standard response instead.
“Mr Rudd’s longstanding policy is to not comment on Australian domestic politics,” a spokeswoman said on his behalf.
The comment came as a surprise to many since Mr Shorten was instrumental in kicking out Julia Gillard and helping Mr Rudd regaining his job as PM.
Now though, Mr Rudd has taken to his favourite form of social media to tell everyone just how much he likes Mr Shorten.
— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) May 15, 2016
“Woke in US to read I’m not supporting @billshortenmp. As former Labor PM and ALP member of 35 yrs I’m proud to endorse him,” Mr Rudd tweeted this morning.
While many Labor supporters are breathing a sigh of relief at the endorsement, others are annoyed it took so long for Mr Rudd to say anything.
Taking to social media they said it is typical Rudd behaviour to only take action when it suits him best.
It’s hoped the endorsement will help boost Mr Shorten’s popularity in the polls ahead of the election.
While he enjoyed a small rise in interest in the first week of the campaign, data shows that Mr Turnbull is still ahead when it comes to gaining voters’ trust.
An ABC poll found that Mr Turnbull leads Mr Shorten when it comes to both trust and competence, with the majority of voters believing that the PM is would do a better job of running the country.