Tübingen Mayor Boris Palmer wants to withdraw from politics if he misses his re-election next weekend. "If I can't decide this election for myself, the political figure Boris Palmer is at the end," said the 50-year-old of the "Pforzheimer Zeitung". Then he would be a private person and would also hold back from speaking in the party. But he wants to remain a member of the Green Party.
Palmer was mayor of Tübingen for 16 years and is running as an independent candidate in the mayoral elections on October 23. Shortly before, however, he had been infected with the corona virus for the first time. A PCR test was positive, Palmer wrote on his Facebook page on Friday. That was the end of the election campaign for him.
His membership in the Greens will be suspended until the end of 2023 because of a dispute over taboo breaches and allegations of racism. His biggest competitors in the election are Ulrike Baumgärtner (Greens) and Sofie Geisel (SPD, supported by the FDP).
He would like to continue if he has a majority of the population behind him, Palmer said. But if that is not the case, he wants to stop after the first ballot. "Then I'll be retired, have three children and ride my bike when the weather is nice. I've had far too little time for my family over the past 20 years anyway."