Berlin / Passau – CSU General Secretary Markus Blume has criticized Olaf Scholz’s proclamation as the SPD’s candidate for chancellor as premature. “Now is not the time for the election campaign and the election of candidates. Our country faces great challenges and enormous tasks in the corona pandemic,” Blume said of the “Passauer Neue Presse” ( Tuesday). To refer to a candidate as a surprise coup d’etat is “downright adventurous”. Apparently, this was necessary to surprise Scholz’s opponents from the SPD.
Blume warned of the consequences for the work of the grand coalition. Scholz is a respectable minister – “but the proclamation of the federal election campaign in this difficult phase can become a burden on the work of the grand coalition”. It is difficult to identify a course with the SPD: “First you proclaim an alliance with the Left Party, then you can imagine a Green Chancellor, and a few hours later you elect a candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz . It doesn’t go together, meaning not boom, but confusion. “
On Monday, CSU boss Markus Söder clarified that he said the SPD had announced its candidate for chancellor too early. He also warned against launching the federal election campaign too soon due to the smoldering corona pandemic.