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In the eye of the storm

It must be a quiet corner, without listening seat neighbors. We know you well here, for now anyway. Not a day without headlines in the local press, councillor Franziska Roth: "dressing down for the councillor", "bloodletting in the health Department". Criticism has accompanied you since he took office in January of 2017. Now it pelts down from all sides.

she finds a quiet corner in the over 100-year-old cafe in the center of Aarau. Franziska Roth ordered a Schweppes and a half liters of Mineral. The praline on the small silver tray don't touch you.

it comes from a debate with the Parliament office, the management of the cantonal Parliament. You have presented your "criticisms and concerns", it is said later in the media release. Roth knew the criticism and the concerns of the Grossräte before, so how actually all. At the latest since the speech of Sabina Freiermuth, of the FDP faction chief in the Great Council, two weeks ago. It was a sermon of Shame, such as is seldom heard. "Woman member of the cantonal government, their statements of appreciation can miss. You Express contempt." It is an attack with the announcement was a carriage return. Roth had said weeks before in a TV talk show, Grossräte would the administration with useless Initiatives on the trot.

While Freiermuth, the group statement read, which was signed by CVP and Green sometimes, sass Roth on the government bench, and let be the speech with the unstirred Smile of a Mona Lisa. She has now Grossräte. But that is only one Problem among many. Your Department can run the staff and reports of bad experiences with the former Manager. The governing Council decides on emergency measures to Roth's relief and leaves your Department. And finally, has turned the SVP from your councillor. On Monday, she put her an Ultimatum.

"Immense joy"

it had started out so well. About two years ago, the party responsible for incident, as the 52-year-old brought a newcomer to the SVP Aargau for the first time, a second seat of government. Franziska Roth, was even then not particularly emotional (you've strong nerves, she said to a journalist), President of Thomas Lord of a castle, however, was exuberant: "It is a tremendous joy in my heart, in this room, in the SVP," he said during the election celebration in Brugg in the TV camera. Today he says something else: Franziska Roth must occur either immediately or shortly, the better. She has a reprieve until the summer holidays.

How could it come so far? The Aargau SVP conjured the political newcomer Roth in the summer of 2016 out of the hat. Apart from a brief involvement in the Einwohnerrat of Brugg they had nothing on the hat. For this you have as the President of the district court of Brugg management experience, said the SVP. In truth, the party found an experienced candidate who wanted to stand in the face of a possible re-candidacy of popular councillor Susanne Hochuli. Roth dared Hochuli resigned, Roth won – with the Bonus of the New, Inexperienced. She was different.

notice also your employees. Some were amazed, as they nonchalantly took their work, how little they are in the sometimes highly complex subject in depth, such as important decisions and the other left. There are people who would Know a "huge", says Franziska Roth. "Because I'd rather listen to." They have, however, learned. Today, you know, in the most important matters is to know.

The Department of health and social Affairs is large and sophisticated, also includes Asylum-seekers and the military. In some departments, the councillor is present, in others less. For the military, the SVP-Chief from the beginning, had a weakness. The defence have always fascinated you, told you, the idea of the "freedom of the Fatherland", if necessary, with life. This fascination she shares with her husband, the Major General and former Zurich SVP-politician Rolf André Siegenthaler. You could start again, says Roth, would you take the RS.

The employee benefit from this preference, others will suffer from it. The head of Department of interest only for the military, they say. While Franziska Roth, that means important poor occasions staff take a high-ranking Department, to stay on important topics, such as relating to health care or health protection of the population, apathetic and don't even ask.

employees run

Franziska Roth the everything soul sounds calm. How you can withstand this criticism, with what Composure she responds, it's almost irritating. As the allegations would not apply to her, but the wall behind her. She was a newcomer, remember you even after two years, and you'll often think about what could you do better, she says. By the way, you have saved alone in the Asylum of 7.5 million francs, she says. However, the interest currently being anyone.

they Faced Franziska Roth with the criticism, respond, dynamic, self-critical. A quite different picture of it emerges when you talk to the many employees who have quit in the last few months in the Department of Roth, or had to go. Some of them are bitter about how the Boss has treated you. Roth can't take criticism, not even constructive, is it. Who still dare to point to a case of maladministration to be harmful to himself, because he was then "from the bottom". Several people who have given to this newspaper under the assurance of anonymity that information, tell of a culture of mistrust, suspicion, lack of respect, reliability and empathy. The Boss was often absent, poorly organized, coming late and unprepared to meetings. Pay for have to your employees.

Franziska Roth sees it differently, or you will shoot the Ball. You have certain expectations. If important letters were verhühnert, dates entered incorrectly, forgotten things went on, people pushing in government service in a quiet ball – then the consequences have. That was at the district court, where the President of the Court was for the staff. Also there were several Disposals under Franziska Roth. Yes, the Disposals would have to do with her, she says. She had initially believed, with the right people, the Department will work better. Today, she believes that it is up to the structures, and it is hoped that the by the government-commissioned analysis promotes this to light.

There are also people who distance themselves from the criticism. The SP, for example, has not signed the group's Declaration of FDP, CVP, and Green sometimes. They wanted to criticize the SVP-member of the cantonal government on the factual level, was the justification. He does not think that the approach of the SVP and the other bourgeois parties, for strange, says SP-Parliament, Martin Brügger. The time, two and a half years after taking office, had probably more to do with the upcoming Federal elections than with the actual Act of Franziska Roth. Bad experiences he had made with her, never. Strikingly, a certain restraint or scarcity might, if Roth represents transactions or questions to be answered. It was not a SVP-warhorse.

A musty feeling

Also in the SVP, the approach of the party leadership does not fit all, in some it leaves a flat feeling. You say it's not public, but in conversation, that you will find it in order, as the party Roth has sawed off. The deadline for the improvement appears to some as a matter of form. What should you improve? And how do you measure the improvement? Party President Thomas castle Lord says: "you have to be self-critical. And you must accept help." There is a lot of experienced health leaders in the SVP group. As a councillor you have to network.

Franziska Roth looks relaxed while talking about all the deep. Not so, as they would be on the peak of a crisis. Back you will in any case, it was obliged to the people. If she's going to compete without their party in the next elections in the autumn of 2020? This question is not now really. "Tomorrow morning's governing Council meeting," she says, then you can. the quotes are not against reading, but afterwards already There, everything is fine, by the way, in the government. "Other than the media."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 20.03.2019, 21:41 PM

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