Among the definitions that he left when confirming his candidacy, Facundo Manes stated as an objective that radicalism lead a coalition of the popular center. Critic of Mauricio Macri’s government, the neuroscientist adjusts his campaign speech in which he will seek to take distance from PRO and crack with Kirchnerism, “change the face” to space or at least give your list that positioning, while advance personally in the negotiations with Margarita Stolbizer, Joaquin De la Torre Y Emilio Monzó.
Just over a week after announcing his application, Manes vwent to Corrientes to share an activity with Governor Gustavo Valdés and rest with his family in the Esteros del Iberá. In the last days he dedicated himself to the assembly -with his brother Gastón, conventional of the UCR, and Maximiliano Abad, head of the Provincial Committee – and to prepare to start with the interviews. “First, there must be clear definitions of how our coalition is going to be within the coalition.”, took the collection before raising the profile, in the words of one of his collaborators.
The publicist Ramiro Agulla and the campaign strategists Daniel Ivoskus Y Gaston Dowek they are already working on their candidate profile. One of the axes to adjust will be the positioning within Juntos por el Cambio and in relation to the PRO, a space with which “There is no affinity relationship” by Manes. He even took the competition well against a ballot headed by Diego Santilli, beyond the UCR’s maxim intention of agreeing on a unit list with the doctor in the first place.
Horacio Rodriguez Larreta and Diego Santilli.
Manes’s rejection of macrismo comes from 2017, the first time he was close to being a candidate. María Eugenia Vidal offered him to go on the list of the province, Mauricio Macri objected and the neurologist was upset by the version that he finally did not apply because he did not agree to go after Graciela Ocaña. “That was an invention. They did not want Facundo to speak in the campaign, the only thing that interested them was the photo to ‘accompany the lioness’ ”, they assured near Manes.
The director of the INECO foundation was critic of the Macri government, with the focus on the lack of investment in health, science and technology, and also that of Vidal. He questioned the former governor that his project for the development of children’s mental capital did not advance: “All they did was publish it on the web.” At that time there were also reproaches for radicalism: “I thought the party was going to demand more, maybe it didn’t have the strength to do so.”
This time, before confirming his candidacy, he assured in previous meetings with Gerardo Morales, Alfredo Cornejo, Mario Negri, Martín Lousteau and Ernesto Sanz, among others, that the UCR at this stage will seek to stand in a different way before the PRO. In those talks, they told him that his move to electoral politics would push in that direction. “We need a competitive candidate in Buenos Aires. For the next president to be radical, the time to stop the party is now ”, the governor of Jujuy urged him.
Manes also passed by Macri’s offices in Vicente López. The former president in this case encouraged him to compete in the primaries against the PRO, with a surprise boost towards 2023: “If you beat us, you are well positioned.”
According to the views of the radicals, one of the positive points of the neuroscientist for this campaign will be his possibility of distancing himself from the government of Cambiemos, with the aim of neutralizing the strategy of the Frente de Todos to refer Macri and in the province of Buenos Aires also to Vidal. “For Facundo, you have to learn from failures”, advanced one of the strategists of the campaign.
He will also seek to avoid an extreme confrontation with Kirchnerism: “The crack caused many years of the possibility of Argentina to get ahead were lost. We will give the concrete discussion on public policies to improve the most urgent issues, and oriented to development based on knowledge and education ”.
Facundo Manes with María Eugenia Vidal and Federico Salvai, in a meeting in 2016.
Manes chained meetings to advance agreements and put together a list with imprint “panradical” but at the same time more extensive, with leaders of Peronism and the “popular center.” When he talks about “changing the face” he refers to getting out of the hard and center-right positions of the PRO: “That the coalition is not so yellow”.
Stolbizer was the leader who most explicitly celebrated her candidacy and her name was installed as possible for second place on the list, although it is not defined: the idea is to tie up all the negotiations and then announce the members of the ballot. Negotiations with the GEN include the incorporation of that party to Juntos por el Cambio in eight other districts.
The neurologist in turn had lunch with Monzó, accompanied by Lousteau. The former head of the Chamber of Deputies has an agreement with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta in the City, although he aspires to fight for the Buenos Aires government and rejects Santilli’s move to the province. The rapprochement with the radicals is advanced and even rang for third place of the ballot. Those negotiations generated tension with the head of government. “At this point, let him do what he wants,” a high-ranking Buenos Aires official dedicated to Monzó.
Still more inclined to integrate or push the list of Manes was De la Torre. After threatening to agree with Florencio Randazzo, the former mayor of San Miguel confirmed that he will continue in Together for Change but does not endorse Santilli’s nomination either. It could have a box on the ballot headed by Manes.
Another purpose will be contain Gustavo Posse, defeated in the internal party in March by a small margin and who maintains that he will head a separate list.
On the side of Santilli was Elisa Carrió, the one that scratched Manes the most Until now. The criticisms of the founder of the Civic Coalition questioned the intention of a “civilized” primary declared from both sectors.