IT WASN’T even a day into the election campaign and the Johnny Depp dog jokes came out of the cupboard for the 2016 election campaign.
Even before Tony Windsor declared his hand to go up against the Deputy Prime Minister in the federal seat of New England, punters and the people who will vote were cracking campaign comments about the celebrated run-in the agriculture minister had with the Pirates of the Caribbean star over his dogs back in May last year.
So, yesterday’s betting market on the election in this neck of the woods was just a foregone conclusion for some political fun.
Online bookmaker Sportsbet was first out of the boxes, opening up some gambling jest about whether Depp, or his dogs Pistol and Boo, would join the New England campaign.
“Could Johnny Depp and his deported pooches, Boo and Pistol, be Tony Windsor’s secret weapon in his bid to reclaim the New England seat from Barnaby Joyce?” they asked, rating the Hollywood superstar as a $51 chance to endorse Windsor.
Depp, his puppies and the Deputy Prime Minister gained worldwide press last year, when Joyce had the dogs deported after threatening to have them put down.
Punters can take $51 that Windsor will hand out Pistol and Boo “poo bags” as merchandise.
If Joyce loses his seat, he is $21 to become an animal rights campaigner, or $51 to become a professional dog walker, and a massive $501 to become Depp’s PR manager.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold, and for Barnaby it might come in a dog bowl,” sportsbet.com. au’s Ben Bulmer said.
“Depp has not shied away from having a crack at Barnaby, so getting behind Tony is a real possibility.’’
AT A GLANCE
Tony Windsor Campaign Specials:
$34 – RSPCA to openly endorse Tony Windsor’s campaign
$51 – Tony Windsor to release branded dog poo bags as merchandise
$51 – Johnny Depp to endorse Tony Windsor
$101 – Barnaby Joyce to announce he is going to “release the hounds” on Tony Windsor
$101 – Tony Windsor to dress as Jack Sparrow during his election campaign
$501 – Pistol and Boo to be seen campaigning with Tony Windsor
$501 – Barnaby Joyce to attempt to deport Tony Windsor
What will Barnaby do for work if he loses New England?
$21 – Animal rights campaigner
$51 – Dog walker
$101 – Dog groomer
$501 – Ambassador for Pedigree Dog Food
$501 – Johnny Depp’s PR manager
$501 – Cast on Dr Chris Brown’s Bondi Vet
$501 – Writer for Dr Harry
$1001 – Pirate
$1001 – Amber Heard’s fashion adviser
Markets courtesy sportsbet.com.au