Status: 22.09.2023, 06:40 a.m.
By: Josef Ametsbichler
In the Herrgottswinkel, Katharina Mayer keeps the death picture of her husband, who died 10 years ago. yes © Josef Ametsbichler
A widow from Glonn (Ebersberg district) is angry about an election campaign letter from the CSU to her husband, who has been dead ten years ago.
Glonn/Landkreis – Katharina Mayer sits at the kitchen table at home in Glonn, next to her in the Herrgottswinkel is the death picture of her husband Johann. If he hadn't died of aggressive lung cancer at the age of 65, he would be 75 today, the same age as her. On the table in front of her, the widow has a letter that has been bothering her for ten days. Who annoys her so much that she can't bring herself to throw him away. "How can you do something like that?" she asks into the room. "Do you need the voices so much that you have to get the dead out?!"
"Do you need the voices so much that you have to get the dead out?!"
"They are the backbone of our society," says the letter of invitation from the district CSU, addressed to Johann Mayer. "As an honorary member (...) do more than your duty." That's why the CSU wants to say "Vergelts Gott" and invite him to the district reception in Ebersberg, where the President of the Landtag, Ilse Aigner, and Prime Minister Markus Söder will speak on Monday. Johann Mayer will not be able to come. He has been dead for ten years.
On Monday: Söder and Aigner in the Old Warehouse Ebersberg
The state election campaign is entering the hot phase – and leads the CSU Prime Minister Markus Söder and the President of the State Parliament Ilse Aigner back to the district of Ebersberg: On Monday, September 25, both will speak at the district reception of the CSU Upper Bavaria, which this time will take place in the Alter Speicher in Ebersberg. The CSU politicians and candidates announce that the district reception will serve specifically to honor volunteering. Online registration is mandatory for visitors: www.csu.de/bezirksempfang3
"It's coming up again and again now," says his widow. "I don't think that's right, after such a long time." The 75-year-old talks about how her Upper Bavarian beak has grown, which she has retained from her decades as a marquee operator.
Invitation to a deceased person who was also a member of the SPD
Until shortly before his death, her husband was the local chairman of the Glonn Workers' Welfare Organisation (AWO). "He never had anything to do with the CSU, he was a Red through and through," she says. She found the invitation in the middle of the final spurt of the election campaign to be encroaching and is now puzzling over where the party district association got the completely outdated address at all. When she called the CSU office, the employee apologized and offered her: "Come instead of your husband and have a nice evening." "Is it still possible?!" says the widow.
Thomas Huber, a member of the Grafingen state parliament and CSU district chairman, takes a stand on EZ request. "I'm terribly sorry that this happened," he says on the phone. He will call Katharina Mayer himself, apologize and repeat the invitation to the event in his own words. It was only well-intentioned. "It's a human reaction," says Huber, standing in front of his colleague. "I probably would have reacted the same way."
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For many years, the CSU district association has maintained an Excel list with around 700 addresses of association and organizational boards from all over the district. In the case of smaller organizations, the private address is often the headquarters. The list is otherwise only used for "blue light receptions", events for volunteers.
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As a former AWO chairman, Johann Mayer's name was called up for the first time this year, because the CSU wanted to dedicate this year's district reception to all volunteers. "The reception takes place every year, whether it's an election campaign or not," adds district chairman Huber. Unfortunately, when sending the serial letter ("Dear Ladies and Gentlemen...") with Aigner's and Huber's signature, it was not noticed that Johann Mayer had long since died.
You can find even more up-to-date news from the district of Ebersberg on Merkur.de/Ebersberg.