The Hessian SPD leader Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel withdraws from politics. After the lost state election in Hesse Schäfer Gümbel wants to give up information from ZEIT ONLINE his mandate and the chair of the parliamentary group in the fall of 2019. Also a new candidature as chairman of the Hessian SPD at the state party conference in November, he excludes.
The 49-year-old was already three times Hessian SPD top candidate at one state election, However, he did not manage to become strongest with his party.
In the Hessian state election almost five months ago, the SPD was only
third strongest force behind CDU and Greens. This landed the
Social Democrats just behind the Greens. If the SPD faction had become the second strongest force, one would be
Ampelbündnis with Greens and FDP under the leadership of Shepherd Gümbel at least conceivable. The FDP had rejected such cooperation under the leadership of the Greens.
Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel was in 2009 at the
Landtag election as SPD top candidate in the first row of the party
moved. He became successor to the electoral defeat Andrea
Ypsilanti at the head of the parliamentary group and later as well
State chairman. He sits since 2003 as a Member of Parliament for the
Constituency of Gießen-Land in the Hessian state parliament.
Schäfer-Gümbel failed in the 2013 election
also in the second attempt, with the SPD strongest force before the CDU and
to become Prime Minister of Hesse. Since then ruled in
Wiesbaden a black-green coalition, after the election in late October 2018
There was a new edition of this alliance.