However, given these circumstances, it is actually not unthinkable that Niedermühlbichler knew nothing about the dirty campaigning activities of one or more of his employees.

However, given these circumstances, it is actually not unthinkable that Niedermühlbichler knew nothing about the dirty campaigning activities of one or more of his employees.

Did he know about dirty campaigning activities?

However, given these circumstances it is actually not unthinkable that Niedermühlbichler knew nothing about the dirty campaigning activities of one or more of his employees. Of course, the image that he had built up in Vienna as a successful campaign strategist would also quite torpedo his image. By building up a head-to-head race between Häupl and FPÖ boss Heinz-Christian Strache, it was possible in 2015 to sell even a significant loss of votes by the Vienna Social Democrats as a victory.

Before that, Niedermühlbichler was only known to insiders of local politics in Vienna. The trained retail salesman from Söll worked his way up in the not exactly powerful SPÖ Innere Stadt, but more important was his position as President of the Vienna Tenants’ Association. He has been in the Vienna Landtag since 2005, and with the National Council election he is actually supposed to take a seat in parliament.

To person

On a personal level, Niedermühlbichler is considered sociable. The married father of a son and a daughter, who is now a grandfather, is not necessarily known as a hot spur or an overly hearty formulator. His career is a little unusual, it started in the not exactly deep red Tyrol, where he is said to have surprised his family with the announcement that he was a socialist at the age of 13. The «Arbeiterzeitung» was specially ordered for him by the tobacconist from Vienna. As a 17-year-old, the young Tyrolean moved to Vienna, where he immediately signed on with the Socialist Youth. The fact that he was drawn to the noble 1st district of Vienna, to which he is politically loyal to this day, was due to chance. Because that’s exactly where the SJ needed someone who was willing to try it with the then still deeply black electorate.

Georg Niedermühlbichler, born on February 16, 1966 in Söll (Tyrol), married, father of a daughter and a son. Training as an electrician and as a retail salesman. Active at Wien Strom for 13 years. Political activities: 1996-2005 district councilor of the SPÖ in Vienna’s Innere Stadt, between 2001 and 2005 deputy district chairman. Since November 2005 member of the Viennese state parliament, from 2008 president of the tenants’ association, from August 2014 regional manager of the Viennese SPÖ, since June 2016 federal manager of the SPÖ.

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The role of Peter Puller and on whose behalf he actually acted must be fully clarified! After all, he comes from the inner circle of the ÖVP!

Henry Knuddi Sat., Sep. 30, 2017 7:14 pm

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the spö workers ‘party became a civil servants’ party sdpö – the workers no longer vote, the civil servants are a minority

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jo everyone is too jealous of the other and then criticize each other – with success ineligible 🙂

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It’s a haywire in politics, dirty business! Normally nobody should vote!

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The FPÖ top candidate

Heinz-Christian Strache

conclusion paragraph for to kill a mockingbird essay answers questionnaires according to Proust.

In the 19th century, answering a questionnaire named after the French writer Marcel Proust was a popular parlor game. The FAZ magazine had prominent contemporaries fill out this questionnaire for years. The APA asked the top candidates of the parties represented in parliament to answer the relevant questions.

It all started on Monday, NEOS boss Matthias Strolz. There are questionnaires

here

.

On Tuesday, Greens boss Ulrike Lunacek. There is a questionnaire

here

.

Today, Wednesday, FPÖ top candidate answers

Heinz-Christian Strache

the questionnaire. Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Christian Kern (SPÖ) will follow in the course of the week.

© APA / GEORG HOCHMUTH

FPÖ boss Strache in the Proust questionnaire:

Where do you want to live? I love Austria and therefore I am very happy to be able to live here. But my wife and I are planning to live in the country one day.

What is perfect earthly happiness for you? To have his family.

Which mistakes are you most likely to excuse? To err is human. Sometimes mistakes happen to us, sometimes it is the case that you hurt someone with your behavior. If you can then apologize for your mistake, they can happen. Sometimes it even helps. So that you get to know each other better.

What is the biggest disaster for you? Phew, a good question. Especially in stressful times, you can’t spend time with loved ones. That at some point one would have to say the sentence, «I only had one more time» in the event of a death. I couldn’t forgive myself for such a thing in my life and therefore it would be my greatest misfortune.

Your favorite novel heroes? There are quite a few. But the best known is probably Robin Hood – I admired this hero even as a child.

Your favorite character in history? Bismarck.

Your favorite heroines / heroes in reality? My mother!

Your favorite painter? Helmut Ditsch.

Your favorite author? Not one in particular, but I enjoy reading crime novels.

Your favorite composer? From Beethoven to Falco.

What qualities do you value most in a woman? A loving, loyal being.

What qualities do you value most in a man? Handshake quality.

Your favorite virtue? The courage!

What is your favorite activity? My job!

Who or what would you like to be? I am happy today to have the chance to be who I am.

Your main character trait? Difficult to answer this question yourself. I think my honest manner.

What do you value most in your friends? Your loyalty!

Your biggest mistake? Maybe my honest way again 😉

Your dream of happiness? I found it!

Her favourite color? Blue 😉

Your favorite flower? I’m classic – the rose. Through my wife now the peony.

Your favorite bird? Eagle

Your favorite names? Tristan

What do you despise the most? To be lied to

Which historical figures do you detest most? Adolf Eichmann …

Which reform do you admire most? There are some …

What natural gift would you like to have? To speak all languages ​​in the world.

How would you like to die? In peace, at home with my family!

What is your current state of mind? Stable and happy 😉

Your motto? A different one in every situation.

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Heinz-Christian Strache

: FPÖ long-term boss with government ambitions. Will the dream of becoming a chancellor remain a dream?

Heinz-Christian Strache

moves into a National Council election for the fourth time as FP boss. This time, however, he tries a little differently than before: The claim to first place, which was always loudly announced in the past, has fallen silent. Because Strache squinted at the Vice Chancellery and exercised in a state-wearing pose. In addition to the usual rumbling aggression, Strache also serves softer tones.

The chance for the FPÖ boss to have a say in the formation of the government after the election is probably greater than seldom before, given the deep rifts between the SPÖ and the ÖVP and the end of the strict demarcation policy of the Social Democrats vis-à-vis the Freedom Party. When Strache took over the FPÖ more than eleven years ago, however, very few observers would have expected that the now 48-year-old would ever have a realistic chance of entering a government. Strache, the new Viennese party leader at the time, took over the federal party at its low point: after the years of decline during the black-blue coalition, the disastrous electoral defeat in 2002 and the break-off of the BZÖ by party founder Jörg Haider in early April 2005.

With tears in my eyes and to the sounds of «We need a Hero»

At the age of 35 at the party congress in Salzburg, he became the tenth and youngest federal chairman in the history of the Freedom Party. As the bearer of hope for the traditional party, which was financially, personally and organisationally shaken, Strache, who at the time was considered the legal interpreter of the movement, received 90.1 percent of the delegate’s votes. With tears in their eyes and to the sound of «We need a Hero», his sympathizers carried him onto the stage on their shoulders. It is no coincidence that this picture resembled the one that Haider once delivered at the Innsbruck party congress in 1986 when he came to power.

The new party leader proclaimed the «rebirth of a strong, liberal party» and already at that time promised in his party conference speech not to repeat the mistakes of his predecessors. He stayed that way to this day. He never tires of emphasizing that after an election to the National Council he is by no means ready to make the third chancellor as second (as the FPÖ once did with Wolfgang Schüssel).

Strache as a «copy» by Jörg Haider

Although rhetorically less skillful than his predecessor Haider, who ridiculed Strache as a «copy» of himself, the blue chairman understood and understood how to unite the party behind him. He has also cleverly managed to position himself on the Internet. No other politician relied on a professional presence in the social medium Facebook as early as Strache. More than 700,000 followers, a lively exchange in the comment columns and the impression that the boss actually writes himself here (which Strache also does in addition to the posts written by his employees) create a feeling of closeness between politicians and partisans.

© AFP PHOTO / DIETER NAGL DIETER NAGL / AFP Heinz-Christian Strache and Jörg Haider in September 2008 in Vienna

In any case, Strache can stick to the flag that he has led his party back to its old size. Since the beginning of its chairmanship, the FPÖ has grown in almost all elections at federal and state level. Of course, the blue frontman was not able to record the greatest liberal success under his chairmanship to date entirely for himself: his vice Norbert Hofer ensured the record result of a liberal candidate in the federal presidential election in December 2016 with a vote of 46.2 percent.

Strongest force at the federal level

Speculations that Hofer could become an internal threat to Strache in view of his popularity ratings not only dispelled Strache himself. Hofer also made it clear that he has no ambitions to compete with his long-term companion, who are also friends of his.

The continuously increasing curve in favor of the voters was always accompanied by Strache’s clearly articulated goal: to become the strongest force at the federal level and to provide the chancellor. The remarried father of two children always kept an eye on an enemy that his predecessor Haider fought: the red-black coalition that needs to be «overcome» – a topic that he is also focusing on in the current election campaign.

Strache’s dream of becoming chancellor

Strache’s dream of becoming chancellor could of course remain one. With the takeover of ÖVP by Sebastian Kurz and his strict migration course, the blue machinery, used to success, began to stutter, the blue core topics were occupied by others, the survey values ​​dropped abruptly. While Strache was still claiming leadership in March (although he already said at the time that he needed a «miracle» for this), in the end he only spoke of wanting to grow as much as possible. In the defensive struggle against the loss of the topic, Strache practiced from then on in presenting himself as the «original», while the competition that had moved to the right was presented as cheap «copies».

The former poll emperor Strache is not only faced with the problem that the first place currently seems to be a long way off for the FPÖ: Even if the party would find itself at the very front on October 15, despite all expectations, so fears in the FPÖ would presumably neither the SPÖ nor the ÖVP would be ready to make Strache chancellor. In view of these considerations, the blue front man relies on a different strategy: The goal is government participation, not necessarily the chancellorship.

This becomes visible in Strache’s election campaign appearances. First place as a dedicated election target is no longer found in his speeches and the claim to be chancellor is no longer made. Rather, the party leader tries – especially in TV confrontations – to stage himself as a mature statesman. The effort to be serious is also evident in the fact that Strache refrains from singing half-funny «campaign rape» in this election campaign (in contrast to earlier). Strache has taken off his distinctive glasses, which some observers saw as an attempt to convey seriousness.

If you look at Strache’s political career, this attempt at a change of image is quite a sharp one. As a young man he took part in «forest games», which were reminiscent of military sports exercises. Today’s FP boss went in and out of the house of NDP founder Norbert Burger, with whose daughter Strache was in a relationship. And in 2004, already as Vienna FPÖ chairman, Strache wanted to duel with an opponent in a fraternity dispute.

Opening up the party

The new appearance is not entirely new territory for the party leader. Already in Hofer’s presidential election campaign in 2016, the party relied on a state-supporting appearance. Even before that, Strache tried to open up the party to appeal to a broader group of voters. Over the years he got rid of numerous southpaws, including such a prominent one as Andreas Mölzer, who had to leave as the top candidate due to racist abuses during the 2014 EU election.