Most of them may now base themselves in areas of the former DDR but the AfD is overwhelmingly dominated by bourgeois Wessis. In addition to those listed in my previous post, Höcke is from Westfalen and worked as a teacher in Hessen before moving east to Thüringen less than ten years ago. Muhsal, another leading light in the Thüringen AfD, is also from Westfalen before she started studying in Jena in 2005. Uwe Brunßen, one of their leaders in Berlin, is from Niedersachsen and became a naturalised British citizen in 2007 (betcha he's now questioning the wisdom of that move) when he changed his name to Hugh Bronson. Glaser, the AfD's candidate for German President last year, is from Worms, near Frankfurt. One-time Maoist Gedeon, their expert in anti-semitism, is from Cham in Bavaria.I said that most of their radical politicians like Höcke are from the East, and those have been gaining more and more influence during the last year. And leading politicians like Gauland were candidates in East Germany where they most of their sympathizers during the last federal election.
Poggenburg is the only nationally significant member of the AfD who could be described as a genuine Ossi. Meurich, the only other one of note to make it into the Bundestag last year, left the party with Petry in protest at the move to the far right and now sits as an independent.