CDU embarrassed by campaigner's Hitler remark

7th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 April 2005, LEIPZIG - Officials of the Saxony state branch of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) were left red-faced on Thursday in confirming a report that a campaign helper had invoked the name of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in a question about fighting unemployment.

7 April 2005

LEIPZIG - Officials of the Saxony state branch of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) were left red-faced on Thursday in confirming a report that a campaign helper had invoked the name of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in a question about fighting unemployment.

The tabloid Bild newspaper reported that the incident took place during a campaign rally on Monday evening in the final stretch of campaigning ahead of Sunday's elections for a new Leipzig mayor.

At a CDU rally, somebody from the crowd asked in a shouted question how the party would combat unemployment in Leipzig. An unidentified campaign helper shouted back: "Like Adolf Hitler." The exchange was captured on video.

The state's CDU campaign manager Thomas Stein confirmed the incident. He said the call from the crowd was by a "provocateur" but that the reply by the campaign helper was "downright unacceptable".

The CDU mayoral candidate, Robert Clemen, said he regretted the incident.

"This in any case is not very helpful," he told Deutsche Presse- Agentur. "We will be talking with the man. The district leaders will do this, but only after the election."

DPA

Subject: German news

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