Eleven hours after the ratification of Félix Salgado Macedonio as Morena’s candidate for governor of Guerrero, the politician was already uploaded this Saturday in a temple in Acapulco beginning the electoral campaign that will culminate on June 6. Two complaints of rape and at least three others for sexual harassment weigh on Salgado Macedonio. Despite the testimonies of the victims and the complaints of women in the political formation, Morena have not stopped the politician’s aspirations. At his kick-off rally, the candidate spoke, for the first time, about the allegations: “Until today I have been the subject of a political and media lynching, unprecedented in the history of Mexico, sponsored and sponsored by the powers that be. and dark interests, whose main obsession is to prevent the advance of the fourth transformation ”.
Salgado Macedonio has said in front of his supporters that this would be the only time he would speak publicly about the complaints. The politician has rejected requests for an interview from this newspaper. The candidate has insisted that the accusations are “slander, defamation and revulsion by those who are against democracy” and has avoided making direct reference to the complaints before the Justice. One was filed in 2017 by a newspaper worker The Warrior Day, when the politician was director of the medium. The other was put by a woman who claims to have been raped by Salgado Macedonio in 1998, when she was a minor and the candidate also aspired to the governorship of the State. “I am with my face held high, a clear conscience and the moral quality that allows me to speak in front of the people,” concluded the current candidate.
The first campaign act of the Morena candidate has been hurriedly organized in the streets of the Emiliano Zapata neighborhood, on the outskirts of Acapulco, where he has spoken only with a microphone in hand and surrounded by bodyguards. The rally has drawn on two resources previously seen in political campaigns in recent years: the austerity speech based on the same words used by the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador; and the mobilization of crowds – despite the coronavirus pandemic – with band fanfare and twentieth-century PRI-style noisemakers. Salgado Macedonio has referred with “recognition and respect” to the five candidates from his party who were also seeking the candidacy: Adela Román, mayor of Acapulco; former PRD deputy Beatriz Mojica; the former mayor of Atoyac María de la Luz Núñez; Senator Nestora Salgado and Esther Gómez, responsible for Morena’s organization plan in Guerrero. But she has avoided mentioning the feminist movement that has pushed against her candidacy.
The announcement of the ratification of his candidacy occurred around midnight on Friday. Morena had promised the voices that spoke out against the candidate that he would study the case internally in his Honesty and Justice Commission. The group decided to repeat the candidate’s selection method without considering the accusations against him, so a second survey within the formation, which included his name, sealed the fate of the candidacy. “And when we woke up, the men were still foolish. But from the spaces we have conquered, we will continue to defend our feminist convictions ”, wrote on Twitter, after knowing the final decision, the secretary and number two of Morena, Citlalli Hernández. Hernández had signed a letter in February with 500 party members asking the Commission to curb Salgado’s aspirations to avoid damage to the party.
The candidacy of Salgado Macedonio has had López Obrador as the main defender, who, from the National Palace in his morning conferences, has also insisted that the accusations are part of a “lynching” against the politician. The president turned a deaf ear to the requests of feminist groups to “break the patriarchal pact”, an implicit defense among men to let the accusations against Salgado pass. The complaints unleashed an earthquake within the party, however, the applicant did not at any time lose the support of the president of the formation, Mario Delgado; the leader of Morena in the Senate, Ricardo Monreal; or one of the party’s representatives in Guerrero.
Following the final decision, politicians from across the ideological spectrum have expressed their rejection of the candidacy of Salgado Macedonio. “They believe that to say it on Friday night, it will go unnoticed (…) the only possible transformation is when there are no aggressors in power, and feminists will not give in until we achieve it,” said the deputy of the Citizen Movement Martha Tagle. “President López Obrador privileges his political cronyism to win Guerrero above the violated women, and above Morena’s women. He did not break the pact ”, pointed out the independent senator, Emilio Álvarez Icaza. Former President Felipe Calderón has also left his comments on Twitter: “The suspension of his candidacy was only temporary and intended to lower pressure towards 8M. A real mockery, a double offense ”.
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