Rumors of expensive travels, parties and reciprocity from a successful laureate has thrown Silkeborg's mayor, Steen Vindum (V), and fellow party member Earl Gorridsen out in a violent storm.
for several months, Silkeborg been buzzing of the gossip and stories that the two politicians should have received the new Formula 1 travel and solskinsferier from their longtime mutual friend, great entrepreneur René Birch, if the company's vastly growing pains to the municipality's largest construction company have taken place over a few years.
recently told the 43-year-old laureate to the local papers, that he had passed a billion dollars in the sale of the finished buildings. Several of them are aided by waivers from the local plans.
But now, the local erhvervskvinde, Karen Klarbæk, had enough. She has a two-page complaint against the two V-people asked Ankestyrelsen examine whether there is a hold in the rumors about the bipartisan.
In this case both politicians are in serious trouble and in each case incapacitated in any byrådssag that relate to their common friend.
- We can't live with the fact that there are more juicy rumors, that the mayor is to Formula 1 races with his friend. Or that he lends his holiday home in Skagen. Or is a regular visitor to major festivals bygmesterens company.
- If only some of it is true, it is deeply problematic, says Karen Klarbæk.
to Ekstra Bladet acknowledges the mayor Steen Vindum to have been with the contractor for this year's formula 1 race in may in Monaco.
But it was at his own expense, he says.
the Race fell, however, along with the EU elections on Sunday 26. may of this year. Steen Vindum, therefore, had both the cancel as the municipality's valgformand and also be absent in byrådsmødet in Silkeborg, denmark the following day.
In the complaint against the second V-politician, Earl Gorridsen Karen Klarbæk resentful of the fact that his private company, the DS Energy is large supplier of technical measurement equipment in hundreds of houses that are listed by René Birch.
- I do not know whether one or the other has been given the benefits. But that one can possibly have a suspicion of unclean trot of the persons we have chosen to manage our municipality is uncomfortable. Therefore, we must have full certainty, and then the gossip will cease, she says.
***- We have clean flour in the bag
My conscience is clean. I have not received gifts or other things of René Birch. That he happen to be my friend, has nothing with my political work to do, says byrådspolitiker Earl Gorridsen (V) in a comment to the submitted complaint against him and the mayor Steen Vindum (V).
The former chairman of the committee, who diligently has issued byggedispensationer to René birch's company, is angry that Karen Klarbæk have accused him of being in the pocket of his private companion.
- She writes not particularly nice about me. It is quite in order to be worried about for democracy, but she lubricates the thick on.
- she, at the same time have chosen to go to the press, veiling her motives, says Earl Gorridsen.
Mayor Steen Vindum agree:
- My wife and I are private friends with René Birch and his wife. We can be seen regularly.
- I have clean flour in the bag, and I don't feel affected. If you are in doubt about my judgement and think that I'm taking special considerations in cases involving the René birch's business, so it has of course put me outside the door.
- It is entirely up to the city council to decide. But if Ankestyrelsen think my friendship with René Birch is problematic, so is it the way it is.