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The New York Times published a glowing profile of Elke Kahr, a Communist politician in Austria, on Friday, with almost no criticism. “Yes, this Communist politician in Graz, Austria, wants to redistribute wealth, but a focus on housing, her own modest lifestyle and a hard childhood have helped her popularity,” read the article’s subtitle.
Kahr was elected mayor of Graz, Austria’s second-largest city, in September, and is the leader of the country’s Communist Party. The Times’ Denise Hruby reported Kahr “smiles” about her town now being referred to as “Leningraz” and she confirmed, “Yes, 100 percent, I’m a convinced Marxist.”
“Supporters and critics alike describe her as approachable, pleasant and a straight shooter. Constituents often compliment her for ‘not being like a politician,’ but more like a social worker,” Hruby reported.
Kahr’s work on housing was especially spotlighted, starting with a tenant emergency hotline at the end of the Cold War. “Poor and wealthy, left and right, called, and word of mouth spread: The Communists care,” The Times continued.