After the strong short circuits generated by her return to the City – and which put the strength of Together for Change as an alliance to the test -, María Eugenia Vidal will be launched this Saturday as a Buenos Aires candidate backed by Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Patricia Bullrich, in a large unit photo.
Confirmed that he will play as head of the list, the spotlights now point to who will be his running mate and in the Buenos Aires radicalism, led by Martín Lousteau, they push the economist Martín Tetaz to reinforce the economic discourse and renew the space.
The UCR – which launched the neuroscientist Facundo Manes in the Province – seeks to add new faces also in the City and proposes Tetaz, with a past of militant radicalism. He believes he can broaden the electoral base, be a powerful economic voice and renew the centennial party.
However, the confirmation would not arrive, at least, until Sunday night.
A little for political correctness – not to promote acts in the middle of a pandemic – and a little for convenience, the format will be hybrid. The main leaders of the space will meet behind closed doors in a place in Palermo – which they are in charge of not revealing to avoid journalistic motives – but they will transmit the meeting via satellite to the media.
Radical senator Martín Lousteau will participate in the photo and although the leader of the Civic Coalition, Elisa Carrió, will not be from the party because she remains at her home in Exaltación de la Cruz, the president of the party, Maximiliano Ferraro, will be present.
There will also be the president of the local UCR, Mariela Coletta; the deputies for the City Emiliano Yacobitti, Paula Oliveto, Graciela Ocaña and the Buenos Aires legislator, the socialist Roy Cortina.
The speakers will be five: Bullrich, Larreta, Vidal, Lousteau and Ferraro. In short: a sober and cared setting.
Vidal’s future contender, the economist Ricardo López Murphy will not go for obvious reasons, but A photo of him with Larreta and Bullrich is not ruled out in the coming days.
After weeks of silence, Vidal will have to explain the questioned decision to jump to the City after having been governor of the Province for four years. Although it is a legal and common practice in politics, it was unsympathetic in part of the electorate and highly conflictive within the coalition.
Beyond the personal arguments that he raises, he will seek to establish a speech to strengthen the space in the future. In that logic, they assure close to the leader, playing in the Province would be the “logical” and “comfortable”, but not the best for Together for Change.
“In the province, María Eugenia has a roof. In the 2019 election she got 300,000 more votes than in 2015 but lost. On the other hand, the fact that the Buenos Aires stage has been moved has fueled the hornet’s nest, new faces emerged and although the internal one is heating up that Movement makes JxC grow. And in Capital it can make a great choice to retain and even add legislators, “they assure in their environment.
The logic is similar to the famous phrase of Juan Domingo Perón: “It seems that we are fighting and in reality we are reproducing ourselves.”
But Larreta’s move is double, because he also wants to impose his vice-chief Diego Santilli in the Province; another move that adds strong resistance in Buenos Aires sectors of the PRO led by the mayor of Vicente López, Jorge Macri.
The toughest wing of the PRO and former president Mauricio Macri himself wanted Vidal to compete in the Province and for Patricia Bullrich to be the candidate in the City.
But already last month the former president had confirmed to Macri, in a 90-minute talk, her decision not to compete in Buenos Aires, which accelerated the definitions.
Finally last Saturday, Bullrich announced that he was getting off. “I decide not to be a candidate to enhance my responsibility and my political commitment,” she announced through a letter on social networks.
“Congratulations on your decision in favor of unity in this very important election and on touring Argentina defending the values of Together for Change,” Vidal responded by that same medium.
Now the list building is ahead, a surgical job. That discussion is on track but not closed.
This year, five deputies from PRO, three from the UCR and two from the Civic Coalition expire. There are ten of Juntos por el Cambio (they had entered in 2017 through two different lists, one headed by Elisa Carrió and the other by Martín Lousteau) and the district renews a total of 13 seats.
Larreta himself is involved in scoring and given the lack of seats to offer, the negotiations include positions in the City Government.