Spornitz, Berlin, Guestrow The CDU politician Philipp Amthor will not run for the CDU presidency in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. This was announced on Friday after a meeting of the state board.
“I have always said that when in doubt, you have to be prepared to put personal goals aside and put them behind the good of the party,” said Amthor after the meeting.
Despite outstanding support and a lot of encouragement from his own ranks, he is no longer available for the office of state chairman. “I don’t want to be a burden for the party at this point,” said Amthor visibly shaken. He spoke of a “difficult and very serious day” for himself.
Amthor thus drew the consequences of the allegations of lobbying against him. In his place, local politician Michael Sack will run for the presidency.
With the nomination of Michael Sack, the Union in the Northeast is striving to quickly end the leadership crisis. At the beginning of the year, Vincent Kokert, the hopefuls of the state party, surprisingly resigned the party leadership.
Eckhardt Rehberg has been managing it temporarily since the beginning of February. The 66-year-old was head of the regional party from 2001 to 2005. He apparently also came up with the suggestion to nominate Sack. He also surprised many board members.
“Philipp Amthor’s decision deserves respect,” said Rehberg, who is the budget spokesman for the parliamentary group in the Bundestag, the editorial network Germany. “Philipp Amthor is a political talent. He made a mistake and realized that it is right to refrain from running. ”
At the CDU top of the Bundestag Philipp Amthor, who has come under criticism, to waive the candidacy for party leadership in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has been noted with respect. The German press agency learned this on Friday evening from the party headquarters in Berlin. It was also said that the national association could now concentrate fully on its challenges.
Amthor also leaves a second job for a commercial law firm
Previously, Amthor had left another side job in the affair about his side job. According to information from “Spiegel”, the 27-year-old no longer wants to work for a commercial law firm. He had decided to “make himself politically not even more vulnerable,” Amthor said, according to the news magazine, via his Bundestag office.
As Amthor states in his self-disclosure on the Bundestag’s website, he works for the White & Case law firm in Berlin in addition to his mandate for the Bundestag. He reports monthly income of level 1, i.e. between 1000 euros and 3500 euros.
Amthor had described his sideline work and lobbying for the US company Augustus Intelligence as a mistake and said that the collaboration had ended. He had returned the stock options granted to him, he said. He also gave up his seat on the Amri investigation committee of the Bundestag.
“The controversy surrounding my part-time job for the Augustus Intelligence company was my mistake,” said Amthor. He will clarify the details of the outstanding questions with the Bundestag administration. “It is the responsible body,” said Amthor. Among other things, this involves paying for travel.
According to the “Spiegel” there is a connection between the law firm and the IT company. This was suggested by company documents. As the magazine reports, Amthor did not comment on what he was paid for in the office.
Amthor dismissed the suspicion that he might have received payment disguised from Augustus through the law firm as “infam” and “simply wrong”.
His activities were not related to Augustus. The question of whether he had helped White & Case possibly acquire a possible Augustus mandate was left unanswered.
So far, Amthor was the only applicant for the CDU state presidency. The election of a new country president is necessary because Vincent Kokert resigned from party and parliamentary chairmanship in January and switched to business for personal reasons. After the withdrawal of State Justice Minister Katy Hoffmeister as a competitor in the race for succession, Amthor has so far been without competition.
The 27-year-old lawyer from Ueckermünde has been sitting in the Bundestag since 2017 and regularly causes a stir with his speeches. He also distinguished himself as a young representative of the more conservative party wing and as an entertaining guest on talk shows.
The allegations now made against him scratched the image of the CDU hopefuls. Nevertheless, Amthor also found support and support for his candidacy recently at regional party events.
Sharp criticism from the opposition
The opposition in the Bundestag sharply criticized Amthor. In a current hour requested by the left, its parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch accused him that he had “completely lost grip”.
He had harmed politics, the Bundestag and his home in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. That he did not take part in the debate was “really cowardly”. FDP parliamentary director Marco Buschmann called Amthor’s behavior “indecent”.
His Greens colleague Britta Hasselmann said that it was still unclear whether Amthor had received an advantage for his lobbying activity that was not allowed even today. The CDU MP Patrick Sensburg said that Amthor “certainly has a clear obligation to inform”.
FDP, Greens and Leftists vehemently demanded a legal lobby register in order to be able to make clear the influence of companies and associations on the legislation.
“We need more transparency in the German parliament, we need more openness and more comprehensibility,” said Haßelmann. So far, this has failed due to the blockade of the Union. The SPD MP Matthias Bartke was confident that the coalition would present a draft law in a timely manner.
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