That was the worst week of Matthew Guy’s stint as Victorian Opposition Leader.
But is it enough to end his tilt for the Premier’s job?
There appears to be no active moves within the parliamentary team for a change in the leadership — his team pointing to the fact the party room were united behind him this week.
The problem, and the greatest source of discontent, is outside Parliament and in party ranks, with officials reporting anger among the branch members.
And in the broader public there are plenty of voters scratching their heads about why a political leader dined with an alleged mobster.
The greatest fear of nervous MPs is whether there’s more dirt to surface on their leader.
“What else is going to come? We fear this is just the start,” one figure said.
Regardless of what the future holds, it is already troubling times for the Victoria’s alternative premier.
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The problem for Mr Guy is that his campaign on law and order is at best tainted, at worst completely in tatters.
Premier Daniel Andrews bellowed in Parliament this week: “The Leader of the Opposition has forfeited the right to lecture anybody on crime or community safety”.
For now, Mr Andrews is right.
Politics can often be as simple as “optics” and this dinner with Mr Madafferi, a man police have successfully banned from Crown Casino over alleged crime links, certainly is a terrible look.
It also shows an appalling lack of judgement, and process in his office.
Victoria’s Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has campaigned hard on law and order. (ABC News: Rudi De Santis)
The guests at the dinner should have been vetted, but importantly Mr Guy should have been able to make a call when he got to the dinner that it was inappropriate for him to be there.
Yes, it would have been awkward to leave a dinner so quickly but if he wants to be premier difficult decisions must be made.
Mr Guy says in hindsight he should not have gone, but he also said being there for two minutes or for hours would have been no different.
Those closest to him are trying to blow the dinner off as a storm in the teacup and point to the scandal that engulfed Mr Andrews in opposition regarding the theft of an Age journalist’s dictaphone and release of the its contents.
Loyalists point to the fact Mr Andrews survived the scandal and became premier.
Mr Guy’s changing story also has not been lost on keen observers of Spring Street politics.
First there were 20 diners, then a dozen, despite reports it was six or seven, later confirmed by a caller to 3AW.
Then there was the claim that no donations from any of the dinner guests have come to the Liberal party, yet Mr Guy attended a $2,000-a-head fundraiser with one of the guests in June.
The number of people who attended the lobster dinner was revised down as the week went on. (Fairfax Media: Joe Armao)
And while not a disclosable donation amount (that’s a topic for another day), it added to the moving story.
In the wake of the revelations the Liberal party has conducted phone polling into their wider base, the results say that issues of concern for voters remain the same: law and order, cost of living and jobs.
And as some point out voters usually cast their ballot according to how it will affect them personally.
While Mr Guy kept up his tactic of asking questions on crime in question time, there were less questions than normal and a clear pivot to the energy pricing.
Tony Madafferi has been accused in court of being a high-ranking member of Melbourne’s Mafia. (ABC News: Sam Clark)
The State Opposition is set to make cost of living, with a focus on power bills, a major issue.
The federal party under Malcolm Turnbull has already made this step with the Prime Minister meeting with energy leaders and the issue regularly in talking points.
The 2018 election is set to be a tight affair — Labor only needs to lose three seats to surrender its majority. It will be an election fought on a seat-by-seat basis and there are still Liberals who are confident Premier Andrews can be dumped after one term.
With 15 months to go before the state poll, crime is now at best a neutral issue for the Coalition, Mr Guy and his team will need to sharpen their attacks, with policy solutions, in other areas.
And with Labor boasting an impressive agenda on infrastructure and keeping health and education out of the headlines, the challenge will be all the greater without a law and order and drum to bang.