A day after the Government leaked the videos of the birthday party of Fabiola Yañez, as a kind of harm reduction, Alberto Fernandez chose silence and secrecy. After sharing two acts in 48 hours with Vice President Cristina Kirchner and rehearsing an apologetic tone that turned into criticism of the opposition, the head of state took refuge in the Casa Rosada early on. He did not speak to any media or any activity of the president was reported on the agenda that his collaborators distribute daily to the press. He held meetings throughout the day in his office. He received, among others, the Minister of Economy Martin Guzman a while before the Interior Minister on the ground floor Pedro’s Wado received the holder of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) Daniel Funes from Rioja, of strained relationship with the Executive.
Fernández’s low profile will be short-lived. It was a mirage in the middle of the versions of the pregnancy of Fabiola Yañez that the Executive does not finish officially confirming. President will maintain a leading role in the campaign, as advanced Clarion. This Friday at 11 a.m. he will lead a Cabinet meeting at the Casa Rosada Bicentennial Museum. It will be the first meeting with the 21 national ministers, not counting the pre-Christmas barbecue held in Olivos. Until now, Fernández had preferred a radio link with his team and head thematic cabinets such as social and economic. In the middle of the crisis and less than a month after the PASO, he opted for a change of style.
For a few days, the President, the Vice President and several ministers circulated messages for the leaders of the officialdom that result in the need to avoid taking too many blame so that they do not take advantage of it from the opposition. Fernández did it in a video in which he quoted Arturo Jauretche. “Let’s not be stupid (….) Keep marking my mistakes, but let’s do it in such a way that others don’t take advantage of it,” he asked.
In the last hours, the Chief of Staff Santiago Cafiero -Also designated campaign manager- he finalized part of the head of state’s agenda for the next few weeks. Next week he will travel to San Juan and Catamarca. The second district is key for the ruling party, because it is one of the 8 provinces that elect senators. “The President’s campaign will have a federal character”, They warn in La Rosada, although he will continue to participate in activities in the Greater Buenos Aires.
At the top of power they insist that the scandal over the photos – the violation of a DNU signed by the president himself – will not result in a reduction in votes, because – they assure – that the soft voters of the Frente de Todos – even the disenchanted with the ruling party – they will privilege the economy (personal and general) before the scandal. All the surveys put inflation, work and insecurity as the first concern before any aspect of order and institutional form.
“You have to get out of the mud of the photo and collect votes”, Was the slogan that the main candidates made their own. They warn that if there are questions from journalism or people about the birthday party in Olivos, they will have to put their chest. In the Casa Rosada they recalled that after the act with the vice president in La Plata, Fernández visited the vaccination center of the Unico de La Plata Stadium – a district governed by the opposition – without feeling reproach.
In the official campaign command, for now, they do not imagine bombastic news to counter the announcements. They trust in the reactivation of consumption, they get excited about a “consolidation of the downward trend of inflation “ looking forward to December and with the new updates of joint state and national teachers, which were closed today, and the new call for the minimum wage.
The electoral law already prevents to Fernández and the governors inaugurate works and make management announcements in the framework of the campaign, but the President and the provincial leaders will use their imagination to continue confronting the memory of the administration of Mauricio Macri and the opposition candidates.
Fernandez and Axel Kicillof They will visit factories and multiply meetings with producers, like the ones that the Buenos Aires governor has already been holding.
The Province continues to be the Executive’s top priority. Not only, because 40 percent of the national electorate lives there and the Conurbano is the bastion of the Frente de Todos. Also because Kicillof needs a win that allows him to have a majority in the Buenos Aires Senate.
They will not avoid the opposition districts of the Buenos Aires interior nor those of the first section. Victoria Tolosa Paz, head of the ballot in the Province, visited Bahía Blanca this Thursday (where Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Diego Santilli will arrive this Friday).