The list of candidates for national senators of Chubut, a province in social and economic turmoil, which repeatedly put Governor Mariano Arcioni on against the ropes, divide waters within the ruling party, and confronts two iconic businessmen of Kirchnerism.
They are Cristóbal López and Fabián de Sousa, the owners of the Indalo Group with roots, interests and ties in the province, which have dragged on for weeks a growing and silent political struggle for the support of the two leaders who aspire to head the senatorial ballot in the September and November elections.
A definition that will be revealed in the coming days by Cristina Kirchner, who follows with special attention the internal of that province not only because she renews her three seats in the upper house, where the former president commands with a single command.
If not because the social and political situation of Chubut, rarefied by the terrible management of the governor and the impulse to a mining rezoning project that caused chaos in the district and that Cristina Kirchner herself ordered to stop, adds an added anxiety to the bell.
Carlos Linares, former mayor of Comodoro Rivadavia, is supported by Cristóbal López.
Just in case, Alberto Fernández has already warned that, in that province, he declares himself dispensing.
Carlos Linares placeholder image, former mayor of Comodoro Rivadavia and president of the Chubutense PJ, is the candidate of López, the former gambling czar who, like De Sousa, anxiously awaits the resolution of the oral trial in the Oil case in the coming months. They are prosecuted for fraud against the State through maneuvers with the Fuel Tax.
They have, according to sources, an old friendship that the businessman inherited from his bond with the Linares brothers, in charge with the leader of a local food distributor.
This is how they recognized it from the environment of the former mayor: they explained that the link comes from a long time, that in fact visited the businessman in jail -About De Sousa retrucan that he never did- but that he does not need the businessman to relate, for example, with the former president. Linares and Cristina Kirchner, they assure, talk directly. They are even convinced that the vice president will make gestures “shortly” in favor of the former candidate for governor – he lost to Arcioni in 2019 – leading the senators’ ballot in the September primaries.
Linares is surprised by the appearance of Julian Leunda, one of Alberto Fernández’s collaborators who works together with Juan Manuel Olmos in the Presidency’s Advisory Office.
Alberto Fernández with Julián Leunda (in a light blue shirt) who is supported by Fabián de Sousa in Chubut.
Former C5N, trusted by De Sousa and with multiple links oiled in politics and the red circle, the official recently began to increase his visits to the province to try to force a run for the Senate, a complex objective that, in any case, served him to begin to settle in the province.
Leunda was an employee of Linares for a few months in 2016, in the municipality of Comodoro Rivadavia. He has the support, in addition to the partner of Cristóbal López, of Ricardo Sastre, the vice-governor of the province.
His play not only stopped in opposite paths to Indalo’s partners. Linares, who had been established for a long time in Chubut, did not find it funny.
Of the three current senators for that district, the only one who, according to the transcendent, could have a rematch is Nancy gonzalez, who built a bond with the former president. In the case of Alfredo Luenzo and Juan Mario Pais, the chances of renewing are nil.
Chubut is one of the eight provinces that has renewal this year in the upper house. Catamarca, Córdoba, Corrientes, La Pampa, Mendoza, Santa Fe and Tucumán complete the list.
Vice President Cristina Kirchner will define the candidate in Chubut.
In the case of the district governed by Arcioni, a governor aligned with Sergio Massa who has faced serious turbulence since last year, Cristina Kirchner’s concern is coincidentally related to the disorder that reigns in the province. When he took office, the governor promised little less than a wage revolution for public employees, knowing that it was an unpayable offer.
To make matters worse, he engaged in an environmental discussion about the mining law rezoning project, which proposes to enable activity in the towns of Gastre and Telsen, on the provincial plateau, at a very high cost. Last November, protesters burned his governor’s office.
The legislature never endorsed the initiative, despite repeated attempts, and the PJ refused to deal with it, largely due to the order issued from Buenos Aires by the vice president, which read the political impact it could have on the campaign.
Now the dispute between Linares and Leunda is added. And López and De Sousa. The first is convinced of his candidacy. The second threatens to go to an intern anyway. The other two, partners in business, await definition.
As almost always, defines Cristina Kirchner.