The SPD politician Joe Weingarten will take over the Bundestag mandate of former SPD chairman Andrea Nahles. As a member of parliament, he wanted to argue that immigration "clear regulation" need and the model of a "constantly renewing and modernizing industrial society" not "out of climate policy panic" is thrown overboard, said the former head of department in the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Economic Affairs in a statement ,
The 57-year-old is controversial in the SPD Rhineland-Palatinate. He triggered criticism last year with the division of refugees into three groups: asylum seekers, jobseekers and "rabble". In an article for the online magazine Merkurist , he recently called for more talk with those "who are right in the middle and feel that they are no longer in the general left-liberal mainstream". Weingarten ran for the Bundestag election 2017 for the constituency of Bad Kreuznach / Birkenfeld.
The first successor to the SPD state list would have actually been the former Minister of Finance of Rhineland-Palatinate, Carsten Kühl, but has declared his resignation. The next politician on the list, Isabel Mackensen, has already moved into the Bundestag for Katarina Barley, who is now sitting in the European Parliament.
Nahles had announced in mid-October to resign her mandate on 1 November. Nahles was with a break since 1998 in the Bundestag. Since the 2017 general election, she led the faction for almost two years. She was also Labor Minister from 2013 to 2017, and from April 2018 to June 2019, she was party leader. After the poor result of the SPD in the European elections Nahles had come under strong pressure - and had finally laid down all the top offices.