Nominated by the district board: Amthor should get direct mandate again

According to the party’s will, the career of the CDU young hope Amthor should not end. Although the lobby affair cost him his state chairmanship, the 27-year-old is being sent back into the running for a Bundestag mandate.

Philipp Amthor, who has been criticized for his previous lobbying work for a New York start-up, should move back into the Bundestag according to the wishes of the CDU Vorpommern-Greifswald district executive. As an association spokesman in Greifswald said, the district board decided unanimously to propose the 27-year-old again to the general assembly as a candidate for constituency 16 (Mecklenburg Lake District I – Western Pomerania-Greifswald II).

District chief Franz-Robert Liskow said that Amthor enjoyed the trust of the district CDU. “We are continuing to rely on a young and successful politician who has been doing excellent work in the German Bundestag since 2017.” Amthor, who comes from Ueckermünde in this constituency, won the direct mandate in the 2017 election with 31.2 percent of the vote. The AfD applicant landed in second place. Even with the second votes, the CDU prevailed against the AfD.

Amthor had come under fire for his sideline work and lobbying work for the US IT company Augustus Intelligence. He had stated that he had meanwhile ended the collaboration. The Bundestag saw no legal violations in the secondary activity.

However, the affair had brought Amthor to the chairmanship of the CDU regional association Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. That would have made him the first challenger to SPD Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig. Instead, about two weeks ago, the district administrator of the Vorpommern-Greifswald district, Michael Sack, became the new CDU chief in the northeast. The 47-year-old immediately asserted claims for the top candidate.

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