An Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich & “well-hung” apologised Tuesday, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke.
Jacqui Lambie, who took her seat in the national parliament’s upper house earlier this month, told Tasmania’s Heart 107.3 that she had not been in a relationship for more than a decade.
When the breakfast hosts suggested they assist her find love, she replied: “Now they must have heaps of cash & they’ve received to have a package between their legs, let’s be honest.
“And I don’t need them to speak, they don’t even need to speak.”
The 43-year-old’s comments prompted a young male listener to ring in to say he was confident he met her criteria, in part because he had inherited some money & had experience with older women.
“I’m just a bit concerned because you’re so young, I’m not sure you’d be able to handle Jacqui Lambie,” the outspoken politician, who served a decade in Australia’s armed forces, said.
The senator then asked: “Are you well-hung?”
“Like a donkey,” he replied, as the hosts tried to obtain the pair together on a date before the man rang off.
“I have that effect on men,” joked mother-of-two Lambie, a member of the Palmer United Party founded by mining magnate Clive Palmer.
Lambie after apologised for her comments which followed a string of unrelated questions by the breakfast hosts, including how she took care of hairy legs, bikini line & underarms.
“When Kim & Dave on Hobart’s Heart FM 107.3 this morning asked me approximately my love life in a light hearted segment — I tried to cover up my embarrassment by making a joke,” Lambie said.
“A lot of people laughed, some people may have received offended.”
Lambie is not the first politician caught out on radio, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott generating a storm of protest in May when he winked at a presenter during a testy radio chat with a pensioner who worked on a sex phone line.