During the 2016 federal presidential election, Heini Staudinger still campaigned for VdB because he was “one who gives his voice to nature and the poor”. Two and a half years of Corona have obviously triggered a rethink in the Waldviertel.
He criticized the Covid measures because they promoted depression, loneliness and health problems, came out as “unvaccinated”, appeared at all demos and attacked the obligation to be vaccinated: “Those who want to be vaccinated should be vaccinated. But the fact that everyone is being forced is a bad development,” he explained to “Today”.
Now the old-eco and left-wing takes part in the race for the seat in the Hofburg and competes against Vdb.
Particularly bitter for VdB: The group “Greens against compulsory vaccination and 2G” is apparently one of Staudinger’s supporters, because they announced the shoe manufacturer’s candidacy in a newsletter on Friday night.
The election campaign is being coordinated by non-fiction author Christine Bauer-Jelinek. The feminist worked for many years as a business coach and taught at the Vienna University of Economics and at the Danube University in Krems.
Staudinger is not only known throughout Austria for his “Waldviertler” shoe production. Staudinger also attracted international attention when he tangled with the Financial Market Authority in 2012. The house bank had refused him a loan, so he started crowdfunding and refused to pay the fine.
Staudinger’s campaign is scheduled to start on Tuesday, August 16th. Like the other opposing candidates for the incumbent Federal President, he does not have a large budget to fall back on. The election campaign homepage should also not go online until Tuesday. That would also be the start of the race for 6000 declarations of support.