Verdonk's comments spark resentment
5 June 2007, THE HAGUE – Liberal VVD MP Rita Verdonk laments the fact that her comments in an interview gave the impression that she has doubts about faction leader Mark Rutte's leadership.
5 June 2007
THE HAGUE – Liberal VVD MP Rita Verdonk laments the fact that her comments in an interview gave the impression that she has doubts about faction leader Mark Rutte's leadership.
She said this on Tuesday after a faction meeting. "Mark Rutte is leading the VVD in line with the tradition established by Wiegel and Bolkestein," Verdonk said.
In this week's HP/De Tijd Verdonk says that the VVD needs vision and a "decent right-wing" leader like Nicolas Sarkozy, the new French president, according to VVD MP Rita Verdonk, who regards herself as a "decent right-winger" as well.
In the interview Verdonk explains that she thinks her party leader Mark Rutte doesn't quite measure up to Sarkozy. "He is a decent VVD member, but not very right-wing. He just isn't."
The comments have sparked resentment within the VVD faction. During the weekly faction meeting today Verdonk was called to account for her statements.
In November Verdonk made a failed attempt to seize leadership of the VVD. It has since been very quiet around the former minister, who drew more voters to the VVD than leading candidate Rutte managed.
Verdonk lashes out at Rutte once again in the HP/De Tijd interview. The interviewers say that she tried last weekend to have the passage removed. A spokesperson for Verdonk said earlier the MP is fully behind the text of the interview.
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Dutch news