DAVID Power (pictured) says he will return to living the ‘simple life’ after having his Gold Coast mayoral campaign derailed by details of alleged sex romps with different women.
Power has been labeled a ‘love rat’ after water activist Kirsty Strowger accused him of deceitfully maintaining intimate relationships with three women simultaneously.
The businessman and former deputy mayor vowed to fight on after the initial allegations were made public, but when another woman came forward and rapacious media interest ensued, he quit the race.
Power issued a statement claiming it was a largely false and vindictive attack which had severely affected his family.
“My family’s wellbeing is my priority. The ambush tactics being used have caused a medical situation within the family and I put all parties on notice that should that situation exacerbate I will hold them personally responsible,” says Power.
“My attempt to be mayor was never driven by ego, but simply my belief that the city needed help from its most experienced leader at its most critical juncture. As a former deputy mayor with 17 years as a councillor, with an outstanding record of delivery, I believed I was the best person for the job.
“I am more than happy to go back to running my business and living a simple life without such scrutiny.”
Power refused to comment on the allegations.
“There have been assumptions about my home life and timelines that have not been verified – and I have no intention of engaging further,” he says.
“My partner and my family stand by me completely. This should be a clear message to the community that they are not aware of all facts. This places all of these accusations into the area of malice and the consequences that that entails.
“I am no longer prepared to expose myself or my loved ones for the amusement of others.”