The deputy chairwoman of the largest CDU state association in North Rhine-Westphalia, Ina Scharrenbach, has spoken out against a member’s decision for the CDU federal chairmanship.
Düsseldorf – “When it comes to the membership decision, it is usually the case that the one who shouts the loudest wins,” said the NRW construction minister on Wednesday at the German press agency in Düsseldorf. So it follows the principle: “Which lion roars the loudest?” Scharrenbach, who is also the state chairman of the Women’s Union and has long been counted among the favorites to succeed NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU), emphasized: «It has always been more important to me – and that’s how I understand politics – that being is more important than appearance. Content and appearance have to match. “
The delegate principle has an advantage over the membership decision. Ultimately, Christian Democrats who are delegated at party congresses by members of the grassroots, who as a rule assume responsibility at very different levels in the CDU and who have accompanied the work of the applicants for years, decided.
The member’s decision of the SPD for its dual leadership and the divergent decision of the party for Olaf Scholz’s candidacy for chancellor are a prominent example of the limits of the grassroots vote, said Scharrenbach. Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken would have won the membership race against Scholz. “But the SPD has recognized for itself that it may not be possible to win the Bundestag election with these two federal chairmen, and has instead taken someone else for the candidacy for chancellor.”
After its historic debacle in the federal election, the CDU wants to re-elect the entire federal executive committee at a special party conference. The Union, with its candidate for Chancellor Laschet, fell to 24.1 percent, while the SPD became the strongest force with 25.7 percent. (dpa)