Matias Lammens passed by the Casa Rosada on Monday and reiterated to Alberto Fernandez that he does not have the will to be a candidate for deputy for the City in the elections. Until now, President, the same one who convinced him in 2019 to make the leap into politics and compete for the head of government – when he scored 35 points – is one of the few who accepts his decision. For now it is enough.
The Minister of Tourism and Sports is at a crossroads. According to various polls, he is the candidate who measures the most and with whom the Frente de Todos could get more deputies. The former president of San Lorenzo is convinced that the bottom fight in the City will be in 2023 And that for that it is better to continue in his office on the 18th floor of the old Olivetti building, in Retiro, where he aspires to capitalize on the rise of tourism in the post-pandemic.
Paradoxically, the shipowners of the minister who does not want to be forced to play also do not believe that Leandro santoro, the leader who appears with the most chances to head the ballot, is necessarily the most competitive. They suggest looking for a candidate like the employer, less identified with the hard core of Peronism and of Buenos Aires Kirchnerism, capable of seducing independent voters. The renunciation of Patricia bullrich, hawk of the PRO, support their arguments.
In the world Lammens point to one of their friends in Government House: the presidential adviser Cecilia Nicolini. The official grew in the consideration of the President and Cristina Kirchner for their efforts to acquire vaccines. However, they are under no illusions. Not too many problems either, because they assume it will be a deeply plebiscitary election. It is difficult for the President to let Nicolini go. “She is 100% focused on continuing to bring vaccines. She is not thinking about candidacies or elections,” they say in the environment of the official.
With a photo in his office, Fernández gave volume to the versions that indicate that Leandro santoro he will finally be the candidate chosen to head the ballot.
Nicolini’s letter also makes up for the deficit of women leaders that the Frente de Todos in the City has. More and more people say that Gabriela cerruti wants to depart from institutional politics. To complete the 5 safe places for the national list, several names sound. Carlos HellerThanks to Máximo Kirchner, he has a safe ticket to renew his mandate. The Buenos Aires legislator Maria Rosa Muiños She sounded like a candidate, but now she is being promoted to positions in other organizations, such as the Ombudsman’s Office.
Leandro Santoro and Claudio Lozano. The first would lead, the economist also sounds.
Santoro, for his part, took a photo this Tuesday with the director of Banco Nación and a reference for Unidad Popular, Claudio Lozano, a new and formal member of the Buenos Aires FdT. His party also nominates him as a deputy and wants the engineer to Maria Eva Koutsovitis be a candidate for legislator. Massismo drives Matías Tombolini. What was said; many male leaders and few women in the candidate pool. Gisela Marziotta has a good chance of leading the ballot of Buenos Aires legislators, where the Avoid Movement it also claims its place
“And to Lammens who assured him that he will continue to be a minister? ”Asked a leader of Buenos Aires Peronism maliciously. It is hard to believe today that in the Frente de Todos someone thinks of sacrificing the candidate who obtained the most votes in an executive election: eight points more than the best harvest of Daniel Filmus and 14 more than those of the senator and new head of Buenos Aires Peronism, the leader of La Cámpora Mariano Recalde. They are not intimidated by the minister. “If they kick him out, out there they do him a favor“, they maintain.
With that background and although his name is not on the ballot, Lammens aspires to add two own Buenos Aires legislators between the 8 or 9 that the Frente de Todos would get, according to the most realistic calculations. Does not want to repeat the Filmus experience, the best candidate and vehicle to fill the hundreds of positions that correspond to the opposition in the Capital. Close to the minister – who has arrived at the father of Lionel messi (wants to add the Country Brand to the star as the face of the campaign) and dreams that the club members elect the President of the AFA- they assure that he did not reject the tempting offers of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta to join the PRO to be a testimonial candidate.
A graduate of the Buenos Aires National and the UBA, Lammens recognizes himself as a progressive. With that eagerness he gives wings to the Frente Grande, the progressive label he founded Chacho Alvarez placeholder image and catapulted Anibal Ibarra to the head of government. The former mayor already works in the minister’s army.
Lammens delegates participated in the two virtual meetings that brought together the 17 allies of the Frente de Todos from the city. At that over-crowded table, the most relevant decisions are not made. Lammens aspires to sit in a smaller one with the majority shareholders of the Buenos Aires Front: Recalde; the President’s chief adviser, Juan Manuel Olmos: and the former head of the Buenos Aires PJ, Víctor Santa María. “If they do not want us to be in the Front of All, we will go outside,” the minister’s slopes are planted.