Warren Mundine is considering running for the Liberal Party in the ultra-marginal Gilmore electorate, vacated by Ann Sudmalis.
Mr Mundine, who left the Labor Party in 2012, was one of four names mentioned in a telephone voter recognition poll conducted in Gilmore. The others were preselection nominee Grant Schultz, NSW Member for Bega and Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Shoalhaven Business Chamber president Jemma Tribe.
"A number of people want me to run. Until about 8am this morning I hadn’t actually considered it," Mr Mundine told The Sydney Morning Herald. "I'm thinking about my future ... I wouldn't bet on anything at this stage."
Jamberoo resident Gordon Streek, who received the call at 7pm on Tuesday night, said he was asked a number of questions about the four names.
“It was a robocall,” he said. “It sounds like the Liberals are desperately searching for a candidate.”
Mr Streek was asked if he had heard of Warren Mundine, Grant Schultz, Andrew Constance or Jemma Tribe and whether he viewed them favourably or unfavourably.
“They’re talking to the wrong person. I think Warren Mundine sold out his people when he went in with Tony Abbott. Andrew Constance, I don’t have much faith in and Grant Schultz I only know as the son of Alby Schultz. The woman, I have never heard of,” he said.
The sole nominee for preselection, Mr Schultz said he could not comment on party processes.
“In relation to Mr Mundine, I understand he is not a member of the Liberal Party and he lives on Sydney’s North Shore,” he said.
“If he wishes to nominate for preselection, I wish him the best of luck.”