Bruno Zuppiger, candidate for the Swiss government was today accused by the Weltwoche, a weekly newspaper, to have embezzled an heritage of CHF 250’000. He claims an error happened but everything has been settled with no dammage to any party involved.
Given the Weltwoche’s right leaning credentials one wonder’s why they attack the candidate of their favorite party. The conspiracy theory goes somewhat like this: The SVP lays claim to two seats in government (of seven). The only way to get a second seat is to unseat the current economics minister Johann Schneider-Ammann (They why here). In reality through the party shrinks from the perspective to have to deal with the economy for the next two years. Sure to be no vote winner.
What to do? Present an electable candidate (and Zuppiger was an electable candidate until today), shoot him down a week ahead of the elections, blame the other for this unacceptable behavior, and continue to play the double game of opposition and government participation (Ueli Maurer of the SVP is still in government) and bet for better election results in four years.
Too bad for collateral damage Zuppiger.