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Labor's Winter freeze out distraction

Photo supplied: Kingborough Mayor Dean Winter (left) at the Traders In Purple's Kings Quarter Sales Display opening in September 2020.

Labor's state election campaign message continues to face early distractions over its candidate selection for Franklin.

There is conjecture that factional union influence and his capacity to rise to the party's leadership saw Kingborough Mayor Dean Winter frozen out.

Former Labor Premiers have voiced their disapproval and longtime Labor identity Ross Butler is even more blunt.

"This is the first time that there had ever come into my mind the words corruption and fraud on ALP procedures, but I have got no evidence, I have got very strong suspicions and I think there is just one hell of a smell."

The party veteran of nearly 60 years is seeking an explanation as to how Labor can justify other candidates, including a teenager, as superior options.

"People on the relevant committee making the selections have for not putting in an experienced person who is extremely well regarded in half of the Franklin electorate, it is very difficult to understand."