Michael Müller has the first word. To greet the delegates of the SPD Federal Party Congress at the Berlin Fair, Müller may give a short speech on Saturday morning. He speaks in his capacity as Governing Mayor, as Berlin host to a certain extent. But it is also a good opportunity to win again before the elections to the SPD executive committee. Solidarity basic income, Mietendeckel – these are the successes, which occupies the head of government and chairman of the capital-SPD for themselves. So projects that fit well with the propagated link course of the SPD under their new leadership. And yet they do not help Müller over the hurdle. Only 168 out of just under 600 delegates are eager to see the highest ranking Social Democrats in Berlin on the federal executive committee – that's the result of the first ballot. For the second, Müller does not even work anymore.
The electoral defeat of the governing mayor has also to do with the rather low reputation of the capital-SPD in the federal party. The Berlin state association is traditionally considered difficult. The power and wing battles were conducted on the Spree for decades with particular severity, says for example the longtime SPD Bundestag member Axel Schäfer. Also, the Red-Red-Green Senate, led by Müller, has a reputation among a number of comrades that he is incapable of providing a functioning administration.
However, the decisive factor for Müller's failure in the election of the board is the increased competition from his own ranks. For the few board members – the committee has been reduced from 45 seats to 34 seats – several Berlin comrades compete. Juso boss Kühnert had already been elected as a party member on Friday, followed by Franziska Giffey on Saturday.
Giffey has been traded for months as a successor
The family minister is not only in the Federal SPD as a hope; she has been traded for months as the successor of Muller in the Red Town Hall. As head of the Berlin government in Berlin, she counts to the leadership reserve of the federal party, says a leading social democrat from the parliamentary group.
To what extent such considerations in Giffey's election to the SPD board weight, it is unclear. The fact is: The former district mayor of Neukölln receives 327 votes in the first ballot, almost twice as many as Müller. Thus, two Berlin are elected into the SPD leadership – more is the small state association according to the Proporz logic of the party not.
Müller himself is relaxed on Saturday. The result is "not dramatic," he says in the afternoon – and begins to explain. He originally did not want to run for office, but then started to point out "that the East federations are strongly represented in the SPD". This sign was among other things with the choice of Brandenburg head of government Woidke done, why he finally could do without his application.
Incidentally, as Governing Mayor, Müller will also be invited to meetings of the party leadership in the Willy-Brandt-Haus in the future. Social Democratic prime ministers are welcome to the SPD executive board – as advisory members without voting rights.