Dhe interviewer is a pretty tough dog. Go straight to the twelve with the first question. “Why don’t you just resign?” But the mayor remains cool to the tips of his hair. “For me that would be an escape from responsibility,” Peter Feldmann tells the cheeky questioner. The people of Frankfurt chose him so that he could promote important social issues. “I feel obligated to that.” Luckily, they still exist, these dutiful politicians. And he’s also quite quick-witted, the Feldmann. who does not believe can be found on the city’s website. City officials even got the interview sent straight to their email inboxes. The conversation is also exciting from a formal point of view: Feldmann not only answers the questions, he also asks them himself, at least no other conversation partner can be identified.
This results in a lively exchange of blows. “But your ex-wife would never have gotten this job at Arbeiterwohlfahrt without you, right?” Feldmann wants to know. The Lord Mayor Feldmann replied: “You underestimate my former wife. She brought with her everything you need to run a German-Turkish day-care center: an education, relevant studies, good contacts in the Turkish community – and, most importantly, ambition and commitment.”
The questioner stays tuned, digs deeper. Is it true that Arbeiterwohlfahrt collected donations for Feldmann’s election campaign and was rewarded for it? “There’s nothing wrong with that,” the mayor said. “Something like that wouldn’t be my style either. But this allegation can only be finally clarified in the scheduled court proceedings, which I am not relaxed about for this reason alone.”
So much relaxation astounds the interlocutor. “Don’t you make it a little easy for yourself?” he wants to know. “No,” replies Feldman. “I actually see the process as an opportunity.” However, the interviewer has researched well and addresses the past: “Is it true that you yourself once worked for the AWO?” Feldmann seems cornered, has to admit: “That it’s right.”
But that was in line with his professional career – and so social policy had also become his political focus. So actually a stroke of luck for Frankfurt. Oh yes – and what about the stolen European Cup? Well, he’s sorry about that, says Feldmann. But he returned the trophy right away. And the saying about flight attendants just came out of his mouth. He, who has been shaped by the women’s movement for 30 years, actually knows that something like this is not funny. “In short: I understood that it doesn’t work that way.”