Roman Giertych announced that he was finally resigning from running for the Senate. He stressed that he did not want to undermine the findings approved by the chairman of the Civic Platform. “The leader of the opposition is Donald Tusk, whether someone likes it or not (…) I have to respect that,” Giertych wrote in his post.
Let us remind you: the name of Roman Giertych was not included in the Senate pact, i.e. the joint list of KO, Left, Poland 2050 and PSL in the elections to the Senate.
Confusion with Giertych’s candidacy
This is the result of, above all, strong opposition from the politicians of the Left. They announced that if Giertych runs for the Senate, a leftist counter-candidate will be put against him.
On August 9, Giertych announced that he was resigning from running for a senatorial seat, but changed his mind the next day. He explained that many people persuaded him to start from Warsaw. He stipulated that the final decision would be taken after conducting research on the possible distribution of votes in this constituency.
“In the next few days, I will make a decision analyzing first of all whether breaking up the opposition votes will not threaten PiS’s victory in this constituency,” Giertych explained at the time.
Giertych resigns. “The leader of the opposition is Donald Tusk”
On Friday afternoon, August 18, he made another tweet announcing his final resignation. Giertych stressed that “it was not an easy decision”.
By the way, he pinned politicians who did not agree to create a single list of four opposition parties to the Sejm, following the example of the Senate pact, as proposed by Donald Tusk, the head of PO.
“Representing Tusk in court, I cannot go against a candidate approved by him in elections, and in elections where the fate of Poland is at stake. The leader of the opposition is Donald Tusk, whether someone likes it or not. It’s a pity that a few guests did not notice this fact earlier, because we would have had a peaceful countdown to the elections today. Since he made the decision to shape the letters in this way, and I have been working with him for years, I have to respect that,” argued Giertych.
“I would never give it up”
As another argument, he pointed to the aforementioned studies. They show that the start of two opposition candidates could result in the victory of the candidate of the United Right.
“The polls indicated my victory, but the votes were broken and with an unfavorable distribution and the start of an additional person, e.g. Mrs. Senyszyn, a PiS candidate could enter. I would never give it up. I hope that this example of giving up personal ambitions will be my good contribution to this Polish politics (…) Now I will become even more involved in »Network for Elections«. Together, we are going for the great victory on October 15 and together we will keep PiS accountable,” Giertych’s post reads.