Speculation is over. The Frente de Todos put together its list for the mother of all battles version 2021: the national election in the Province, where 40 percent of the national electorate lives. The President succeeded in imposing Victoria Tolosa Paz as the head of the list, but failed to add his own leaders among the main candidates. Vice President Cristina Kirchner imposed most of the names.
We have to win. Cristina already said it. It is a very important election, “said an official who monitored the signing of the national candidates in the Province and the City at the Casa Rosada.
At the last minute, it was learned that ten of the first 15 candidates on the list respond to the vice president.
In a sober act in a factory in Escobar, the top leaders of the Frente de Todos – the President, the vice president, the head of Deputies, Sergio Massa, and the governor Axel Kicillof, They launched the campaign and presented the heads of the Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires lists. Máximo Kirchner was the only significant absentee, pending the closing of lists in the 135 municipalities of the Province.
The President’s greatest success towards the closing was to block the exit of Santiago Cafiero of the Chief of Cabinet, with the candidacy promoted by Kirchnerism and the Renewal Front.
Social Development Minister Daniel Arroyo will also be a candidate, but he was ranked 12th.. There are no certainties about when Arroyo will resign from his position or about his replacement. Official sources suggested that the Buenos Aires minister Andres Larroque -secretary general of La Cámpora- has already met with second lines of the national portfolio.
The intention of the mayors of the Buenos Aires PJ who in fact work as coordinators of the President in the Province was to sneak in several of their communal leaders as candidates. The name of Leonardo Nardini, from Malvinas Argentinas, which promoted the Rosada a week ago was dismissed by the partners. The Mayor of Almirante Brown, Mariano Cascallares, he will be the first candidate for deputy for the third electoral section. Alberto Barefoot, de Ituzaingo, another of the names that sounded to occupy a locker, finally stayed in his district.
Cristina Kirchner and La Cámpora filled the main places on the lists with candidates from their profile. There were no surprises and second place for the list went to the Minister of Health, Daniel Gollan; one of the ministers who “will lose” Axel Kicillof, who will also resign his Minister of Government, Teresa Garcia, second candidate for provincial senator for the first section. The Buenos Aires Health portfolio will remain for the current vice minister and camper leaders Nicolas Kreplak.
Most of the candidates to retain the 16 benches for the Province that puts the Frente de Todos at stake – and the 3 new ones that they hope to add – they respond to the vice president and the organization led by Máximo Kirchner. Among them are four trade unionists: Sergio palazzo; of the Banking (it would be fourth); Hugo Yasky, of the CTA; Vanesa Siley, of the Federation of Trade Unions of Judicial Workers and, further back, Walter Correa, of the Union of Tanning Workers.
One of the surprises was undoubtedly the candidacy of Agustina Propato, current Buenos Aires senator and, in addition, Sergio Berni’s wife, which also promoted Carlos Montaña, a former official in Social Development and one of his most loyal sides. Among the most loyal to the Kirchners on the lists are Leopoldo Moreau and the leader of La Cámpora Constanza Alonso, whose candidacy for the mayor of Chivilcoy in 2019 was presented by the President and Florencio Randazzo.
Julio Pereyra, Former mayor of Florencio Varela, he also has his place assured, as the camper and councilor of Tandil Rogelio Iparraguirre. Monica Macha, which entered in 2017 with the seal of Unidad Ciudadana, would also renew its place. Liliana Pintos, a reference to the mayor of Matanzas Fernando Espinoza, will also be a candidate in an expectant place; like Claudia Bernazza, former Alicia Kirchner official in Social Development.
Massa, the third strong leg of the Frente de Todos, secured third place on the ballot for Marcela passo, a civil servant in Transportation and former mayor of General Lavalle; and secured places for Monica Litza in a safe place; and more distant but “inable” for Micaela Morán and Jorge D`Onofrio.
Social movements were able to place Daniel Menendez, a reference for Barrios de Pie, associated with Evita, in an expectant position.
On Thursday in Congress, Massa, Máximo Kirchner, the Minister of Public Works Gabriel Katopodis and Juan Zabaleta de Hurlingham discussed the places on the lists. The Fernandezes spoke again on the phone on Friday.
Beyond the candidates, the president, the vice, Kicillof and Massa will be the visible faces of the campaign in the Buenos Aires territory. At the event, the would-be legislators did not speak.
The President spent Saturday morning in Olivos before leaving for Escobar with his main collaborators. He moved in the same truck that he used to campaign in 2019. “Of all the electoral campaigns there is none like this,” said the vice president in her speech, in which there were no shortage of mentions of the debt contracted by the administration of Mauricio Macri with the IMF.
“All the political forces that are going to these elections have governed Argentina,” recalled the former president who requested the support of voters “without euphoria” and in a responsible way.
The President listed the measures of his management to contain the social crisis in the framework of the pandemic, such as the Emergency Family Income (IFE), the Emergency Assistance Program for Work and Production (ATP), the food card. He pondered the vaccination campaign and also celebrated the fulfillment of campaign promises such as the legalization of abortion and remedies for retirees.
“All we want is the same thing we said with Cristina throughout the campaign: for Argentina to stand up once and for all,” roared Fernández. Behind it was read in giant letters the new slogan of the ruling party for the electoral campaign: “The life we all want.” In the second half of the President’s term, the actions of Kirchnerism grow.