On Thursday, a former Nowra department store was packed with more than 100 local people, there to support the election campaign of a candidate hailing from Berrima.
Nationals Candidate for Gilmore Katrina Hodgkinson said it herself - she would not have been surrounded by so many people without the support of former Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash.
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Cr Gash was among a coterie of staunch Liberal Party members present at the opening of Ms Hodgkinson's Berry Street office.
Gilmore Federal Electoral Conference president Adam Straney was angered by the presence of fellow party members at the office opening.
Earlier on April 4, aware that Liberals were volunteering for Ms Hodgkinson, Mr Straney sent an email to branch members, pleading for their loyalty in the lead-up to the election on May 18.
"It's come to my attention that some of you may be receiving phone messages for you to now switch your support from a Liberal campaign to a National campaign," he said.
"I'm horrified something like this has occurred and I ask each and every Liberal member to rise up against such negativity and prove once and for all that as Liberals we stand firm in the face of a challenge, we don't switch support when it seems too hard, we strive to continue the great work already done within the seat."
Mr Straney's election to the position of FEC president in August 2018 upset then Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis and a number of Liberals who were also present at the warehouse on Thursday.
Longstanding Liberal Party member David Chan, there with his wife Susan on Thursday, said he was happy to support Ms Hodgkinson's campaign.
"[Liberal Gilmore Candidate and former Labor boss] Warren Mundine is a Labor man, it's too much," he said.
"I'm a retired accountant and I've lived in Australia 60 years. I haven't seen a single Labor government manage the economy effectively."
In her address to friends and supporters, Ms Hodgkinson said the Nationals were there to support regional communities and hold the Liberal Party to account.
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