The presiding magistrate Jose Luis Vargas Valdez he accused herds in the Electoral Court and ended up overwhelmed by the fury of what seemed a real gang of elephants, led by a matriarch who left him breathless, pigeonholed and more estranged than five minutes ago.
Four magistrates followed Janine Otálora who did not miss the obvious attacks of the uncomfortable magistrate, and took out her claws for her companions to whom the little sympathy for Vargas Valdez unites. And so, the pin that held what was left of collegiality in the Superior Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Power, collapsed without anything or anyone being able or willing to stop it.
“My case is independent, my vote does not go in a group or in a herd, my vote is individual,” said Vargas in the middle of a public session after two consecutive weeks of hints from Judge Mónica Soto, the only ally left in that plenary session. .
Soto – just as last week when he asked that the votes stop being given up or in groups – without foreseeing the bomb that would detonate, he again pulled the trigger against his colleagues when he realized that once again, his project would be rejected by the majority votes of the new G5, of which it is not part.
“I respect very much, of course, the proposals and the opposition of the magistrate Janine Otálora to the proposal that I have presented and, I would guess that the others will also vote against.”
Perhaps due to the conviction of defending the only one who is still on his side – but who later did not have a single word to face the war that he unleashed – Judge Vargas put on a coat that did not correspond to him and trying to show off to the public that his votes are not en bloc, he grouped his companions in a herd that was on top of him.
“I just want to ask you for more respect for the members of this plenary session. We are not a herd or members of a herd, ”Magistrate Otálora replied in a brief but forceful intervention that seemed the signal for the rest to follow her.
The tension in the sessions of the TEPJF is already common, but this Wednesday, the reproaches and accusations against who is supposed to unite that collegiate group, ended up paralyzing the spectators for 30 minutes who we did not give credit that it happened at the maximum Electoral Tribunal of this country.
Vargas Valdez tried to apologize with flimsy arguments: he was talking about my vote, not yours; It was metaphorical, I have never disqualified them, I did not say that …
But nothing worked. The demands of respect with speeches that even sought to put him in a position of ignorance of his position, were overwhelming. Until the last turn was reached, that of Indalfer Infante Gonzáles who seemed to be patiently waiting to give the final thrust:
“I would ask that we all conduct ourselves with respect, and more so, Mr. President, who leads this Tribunal, who is the face of the Tribunal. We should take care of these types of expressions that cause discomfort or offenses both to the institution and to the members of this plenary session ”.
Boom! With almost no breath and the few strength he had left, Judge Vargas got up from among his own rubble and among redundancies, he stopped that if the clarification was not “clear” they could resort to the stenographic version. And he decided to change the role of perpetrator for that of victim:
“I would ask you to respect and respect me, because I also believe that I have the right to speak,” and concluded the debate.
There was nothing more to add, no magistrate replied. The show, again, had been recorded. In public, live and direct. And Vargas knew it: no allegation, no attempt at justification, no forced apology was going to erase what, in effect, the stenographic version claimed and that can be repeated over and over again in audio and video: votes in herd, votes in herd .
Then, in a statement he published on his social networks, as often happens, he only worsened what already seemed insurmountable: he accused political ends to distort the words he himself spoke, and assured that they sought to confront him with the magistrates of the plenary session. As if some normal extra power had forced him to say what he said, to bother as it bothered him. Now, Magistrate Vargas accused a plot.
Thus, in a herd, perhaps to give him the reason, the new group of five demonstrated their strength and their dissatisfaction with their actions, with their sayings and with their positions. Nothing new, but never at a worse time.
The final results of the 15 disputed governorships, where some like Nuevo León and San Luis Potosí at times seem to be shaking, are in the hands of the most divided, questioned and antagonistic Electoral Tribunal in history.
With a constantly stumbling leader and a group unwilling to tolerate it. With a pack that in that jungle, he long ago defeated his king.