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Greens' campaign manager fired after drink-driving arrest

The Local · 29 Jun 2011, 15:02

Published: 29 Jun 2011 15:02 GMT+02:00

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André Stephan, who had been coordinating Berlin mayoral candidate Renate Künast's election campaign, was found drunk at the wheel of his Volkwagen Polo at about 4 am Wednesday morning daily newspaper Bild reported.

The 31-year-old attempted to flee on foot, resisted arrest and kicked his legs, injuring a police officer, according to the newspaper, which added that several officers were needed to bring Stephan under control.

Stephan then refused to take a breath test and was taken to a detention centre for blood sampling before being released. The blood test results are not yet known, but his charges include driving drunk, assault and resisting law enforcement officers.

Later on Wednesday the Greens announced they were firing Stephan without further comment.

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15:52 June 29, 2011 by Englishted
If found guilty sack him is the normal way.

Don't sack him before just on the say so of the bild.

Innocent until proven guilty ?.
17:36 June 29, 2011 by auniquecorn
If he would of been Dr. Stephan, and lied on his thesis he would of gotten promoted for a stunt like that.
17:59 June 29, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Nobody who plagiarized got promoted - they got fired, remember? This little incident shows that all politicians are capable of breaking the law in various degrees, even if they are *gasp* on the far left!
18:31 June 29, 2011 by auniquecorn

Koch-Mehrin gets European research post after losing doctorate.

That would´nt be considered a promotion?
18:34 June 29, 2011 by Englishted
@Jack Kerouac

Nobody who plagiarized got promoted - they got fired, remember?

Yes I remember.

Koch-Mehrin gets European research post after losing doctorate.

But tell me which one was fired?

p.s. The greens are not far left ,unless you are so far right that the npd is liberal .
20:27 June 29, 2011 by Landmine
Any one look to see if he also plagiarized his education?
23:57 June 29, 2011 by MJMH
Oh the Greens, not so long ago they were the underdogs and now they want power like everybody else. Just about every political party has become Green so what is the point of voting for them anymore.
10:43 June 30, 2011 by ChrisRea
The actual story is even funnier. Mr. Stephan was coming from the Hoffest organised in the City Hall. After one kilometer, he stopped at the red light. His bad (?) luck was that a police car happened to arrive behind him. When it turned green, the police noticed that Mr. Stephan's car did not move. They honked, but without any success. So they went to his car and found him sleeping. With great efforts, they managed to wake him up. After trying to intimidate the police with his political status, he tried to escape. The rest is included in the present article.

Was not Mr. Stephan the one who one year ago wanted to decrease to 0% the legal alcohol tolerance when driving?
18:52 June 30, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Um, the "scandle" forced Koch-Mehrin to give up her positions as chair of the FDP in the European Parliament, as well as her membership of the FDP executive committee and her job as Vice President of the European Parliament. Also, zu Guttenberg resigned from being the Foreign Defence Minister after his plagiarism was made public.

Now, we can't do anything about Koch-Mehrin getting a job on the European Parliamentary committee for Industry, Research and Energy. She resigned after getting caught, which was the right thing to do, but then she was handed this job for some reason, and took it for the opportunity it was. I mean, she had no job, what else should she have done? What would YOU have done, Englishted/Auniquecorn?
19:02 July 1, 2011 by Englishted

To answer for myself I don't know what I would have done as I try not to cheat and lie.

But the point is she is guilty of fraud and has not been dealt with in the same way as a "normal" person would.

To resign from the posts she held but to remain a representative of the people who elected her under the belief she had studied for a doctorate with all the benefits and wages of that office gives show a complete disregard for things that are right and proper,and contempt for her electorate.

I would also say sorry to auniquecorn, I did not plagiarize your idea I just wrote it before your comment was up ,I acknowledge you were first.
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