The comeback of Philipp Amthor
One year after his lobbying affair, Philipp Amthor is hugged again by his party. The CDU Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania elected the 28-year-old with a large majority on the list for the federal election.
Dhe CDU representative assembly of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania elected Philipp Amthor to number one on the state list for the federal election on September 26th with a large majority. Amthor received 130 yes-votes in Güstrow on Saturday. 147 party members were present, 14 voted no, 3 did not vote.
After a lobbying affair in the previous year, the 28-year-old withdrew his candidacy for the state chairmanship in favor of the district administrator of Vorpommern-Greifswald, Michael Sack. With this, the CDU is again the top candidate in the state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which will also take place on September 26th.
Amthor launched his party’s election campaign on Saturday with sharp attacks against the SPD and Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig. In his emotional speech he warned of red-red-green alliances. Their goal is “tutelage”, “re-education” and “redistribution”.
In this context, Amthor also spoke of speed limit 130, Veggie Day and the ban on building your own home, which must be prevented. The CDU, on the other hand, wants a defensive and strong state that does not neglect the social.
Amthor sees good opportunities for the CDU
The aim of the CDU must be to win all six constituencies in the northeast in the upcoming federal elections. In the country, too, he sees good opportunities for his party for the CDU and top candidate Sack.
The last state election in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in 2016 turned out to be a disaster for the CDU. For the first time, the AfD got more votes there than the Union. Subsequently, however, the previously ruling red-black coalition was continued. In the latest national survey, the CDU was just behind the SPD (26 percent) with 24 percent, but at least well ahead of the AfD (14 percent).
A year ago, Amthor came under fire for lobbying for the US IT company “Augustus Intelligence” – a company in which former Defense Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg (CSU) was involved. However, neither the Berlin Public Prosecutor’s Office nor the Bundestag subsequently found any specific legal violations by Amthor.