Insiders are churning out theories as to why Dan Andrews can be SO moody – while details emerge about the aftermath of the fall that broke his back
- Labor insiders believe Dan Andrews is still in pain from a back injury
- The Victorian Prime Minister fractured a T7 vertebra and five ribs in March last year
- People close to Mr Andrews say the pain could be to blame for “Angry Dan”.
- He recently turned down an offer to open a golf course because he needs to warm up
- His chief of staff believes the militant prime minister is being misunderstood
Labor insiders believe the Victorian PM Daniel Andrews is still in significant pain from breaking his back – and believes it may explain his bouts of “Angry Dan”.
The father-of-two fractured his T7 vertebra and five ribs in a horrific fall at a holiday home on the Mornington Peninsula on March 9 last year, which saw him sidelined from work for six months.
That VWeekend Magazine by Herald Sun reports that Mr Andrews opened the new Australian Golf Center in April and was asked to make the first swing.
But Mr Andrews turned down the offer – reportedly saying he had to undergo 30 minutes of rigorous warm-up exercises before doing anything physical.
Labor insiders believe Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews is still in significant pain from a horrific back injury
Mr Andrews was hospitalized on March 9, 2021 and spent 10 days in hospital after suffering the horrific fall at a holiday home in Sorrento. He returned to the job in June
Sources reportedly told the magazine that this pain could be the reason for Mr Andrew’s cranky – or “angry Dan” – bouts.
Mr Andrews suffered such serious injuries from the fall at his Sorrento beach house that he was unable to call his wife because he could not breathe.
Luckily Catherine Andrews found him badly injured shortly after his fall.
“When I put my foot on the first step. I knew I was in trouble,” he said at the time.
“I didn’t really connect to the step just sliding right down, I almost blew up,” he said at the time.
“Then all I hear is that almighty crunch.
“When I heard the crunch, I knew it. I thought this is serious, we’re in trouble here.’
X-rays showed he sustained an acute compression fracture of the T7 and fractured multiple ribs, causing the lower portion of his lung to collapse.
The sudden disappearance of Mr Andrews from the top position sparked vicious, false and sometimes ridiculous theories about his downfall.
Dan Andrews was so injured from his fall that he was unable to call his wife Catherine
Dan Andrews with his teenage daughter Grace on April 18 – one of the few photos of Mr Andrews during his recovery
One fantastic claim was that the Belt and Road Deal his government signed with China – which has since been dissolved – angered Victorian companies and led to someone taking action against him.
Other conspiracy theorists even falsely claim that Andrews was attacked at a prominent Australian businessman’s party.
The incident is now long in the past – with Mr Andrews seeking a third four-year term in November this year.
Four senior ministers – Deputy Prime Minister James Merlino, Health Secretary Martin Foley, Sports and Tourism Secretary Martin Pakula and Police Secretary Lisa Neville – resigned last month.