State Liberal MP Gareth Ward yesterday took the unusual step of joining a federal Nationals candidate on the campaign trail.
Mr Ward met Throsby hopeful Gary "Angry" Anderson at an event with NSW Mental Health Minister Kevin Humphries - a National Party MP - at the Albion Park Men's Shed.
The Kiama MP denied this was a snub against Throsby's Liberal candidate Larissa Mallinson, who as a member of the Liberal Party's conservative right wing is from the opposite side of the party to Mr Ward.
"I'm appearing with a state minister who is coming to one of my men's sheds in my electorate and I am incredibly committed to the wonderful work that men's sheds do," Mr Ward said.
"The fact that there's a federal candidate there is great because I welcome all comers that support the men's shed movement, no matter what side of politics you are from."
Mr Ward said he was a "great Coalitionist", who supported both Mr Anderson and Ms Mallinson.
"The enemy at this election is the Greens and the Labor Party," he said.
"Angry is a very meritorious candidate, as is the Liberal candidate, and I welcome anyone who wants to get involved in the political discourse to make our region a better place. I'll be voting Liberal on Saturday."
Mr Anderson's campaign manager, Val Tyson, said inviting Mr Ward to attend the Albion Park event was simply "good manners" on behalf of the National Party, as Mr Humphries had been visiting the Kiama state electorate.
Mr Humphries also joined Mr Anderson at Albion Park Bowling Club yesterday to host a mental health forum.
Despite attempts by the Mercury to speak to Ms Mallinson yesterday, she did not respond to phone calls before the paper's deadline.