Alone, with a video in selfie mode that he spread through social networks, the neuroscientist Facundo Manes finally confirmed that he will be a candidate for national deputy in the province of Buenos Aires for the Radical Civic Union. The centennial party now seeks to build a broad list, with Margaret Stolbizer and Peronist sectors, such as those of Emilio Monzó and Joaquín de la Torre.
He also negotiates with Jorge Macri, to press the PRO now Diego Santilli, the candidate anointed by the Buenos Aires chief, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
“We have to turn resignation and disappointment into hope. We cannot allow fear to paralyze us. It is time to be present. That is why I decided to accept the invitation from the Radical Civic Union and participate in the next elections. A new country is coming, a new world. You have to think about it, put it together, explain it and above all, do it, “the doctor announced in the recording of more than two minutes.
After two threats – in the elections of 2017 and 2019 – Manes jumped into politics. Although the decision was seen to come, its confirmation accelerates the positions within Juntos por el Cambio in the face of an intern with Santilli that today seems inevitable, although there are 21 days until the closing of lists and the conversations are still open.
The first to move was the leader of the Civic Coalition, Elisa Carrió, that she buried her offer to be a candidate as a pledge of unity and is willing to support Santilli.
“Having confirmed the candidacy of Facundo Manes, my participation as a candidate in the province of Buenos Aires lacks historical meaning and my sacrifice would be useless,” he declared, taking the intern for granted.
Although at the beginning he had been “glad” of the incorporation of Manes and had indicated that “hopefully” he would accept being a candidate, weeks ago he attacked him by defining him as a “boy who wants to enter politics now to be president in 2 years”. In contrast, he praised the vice chief of Buenos Aires and considered that he is the one who “measures the best in the suburbs.”
Both near Santilli and Manes also predict primaries. “There is no reciprocity of coalition. Vidal leaves the Province and instead of giving place to the partners, Larreta lowers a Buenos Aires candidate,” they insist in the Buenos Aires UCR.
The neuroscientist’s announcement came minutes before the meeting of the provincial Convention of the UCR, which ordered the Committee chaired by Maximiliano Abad to work on the formation of the electoral alliance of Together for Change, but also the way was left open to play alone if the minimum agreements are not reached.
“The idea is to empower JxC. But the rules of the game are not yet stipulated. Yes then they put a 4% floor to mix lists or they put (José Luis) Espert, we have the option “, clarifies a radical who participated in the meeting.
Already as a candidate, Manes will travel to Corrientes this week, he will meet with radical governors and the president of the party, Alfredo Cornejo, in order to define strategies to continue expanding the space.
GEN leader Margarita Stolbizer has already pledged to support him. “I will walk alongside Facundo campaigning whether or not I am a candidate, as I have always done. We have not talked about this. I preside over a political party that has aspirations to integrate a coalition not so much now but looking at 2023. We are entering that discussion but we have not entered into a discussion of lists, “he declared on Radio Continental.
But they will also look for the Peronist leg, linked to Emilio Monzó and the former official of María Eugenia Vidal, Joaquín de la Torre.
The former president of the Chamber of Deputies during Mauricio Macri’s administration winked at Manes minutes after his launch . “Your gaze will be a valuable contribution to the expansion that our space needs“he tweeted.
Both Monzó and De La Torre share with Jorge Macri the “Buenos Aires resistance” against Santilli for coming from the City. Although radicalism also explores options with the mayor of Vicente López, who is the president of the PRO in the province, the negotiation is seen as more difficult. “He’s a bit tied up,” they admit.
Anyway, this Saturday Mauricio Macri’s cousin published a suggestive tweet. “Welcome @ManesF. It is good news to have people in our space who have a human and committed look. It is essential that more and more voices from the province represent the people of Buenos Aires “.
Meanwhile, Larreta – who has already obtained a photo with Buenos Aires mayors – seeks to reach an agreement with Macri. They had two long meetings alone last week, but they still cannot reach an agreement and will meet again in the next few days.
The head of the City government also tests the mayor of San Isidro, the radical Gustavo Posse, that comes from a fierce intern with the winning list of Maximiliano Abad, supported by Manes.
In that adventure, Posse had had the accompaniment of the radical senator Martín Lousteau, who this time soon came out to support the neuroscientist.
The intention of the PRO to bring closer the libertarian Jose Luis Espert still stands, although he rules out the possibility. “The real reason why JxC did not accept my proposal of a MegaPaso of the entire opposition (not an internal one of JxC) in Buenos Aires and later, together, defeat Kicillof in the general: they do not want to change anything about the disaster that is Argentina , just keep their positions, “he said on his Twitter account this Saturday.