The story of the dialogue that transcended on the day that Cristina Kirchner made a point of bite the bullet and offered to Carlos “Camau” Espínola leading the ballot for the Senate for the Front of All is pretty sweetened, even more so if one takes into account that the correntino generates more misgivings than loves in the Kirchner universe.
-Are you to win? They say Cristina asked him.
-Of course, all my life I prepared to win, both when I was an Olympic athlete and now in political activity, They say that Espínola answered.
Cristina Kirchner, in December 2019, with the bloc of pro-government senators. Photo Charly Diaz Azcué / Senate Communication.
Espínola’s election – she won four Olympic medals as a sailor – was a demonstration of the electoral pragmatism applied by the vice president in this closing of lists.
The thing is Camau was one of the PJ senators who three years ago was present at the frustrated session in which authorization was to be granted to Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio to search homes and offices of the then senator Cristina Kirchner.
That session finally fell due to lack of a quorum. Although the senator was marked Because of Christianity, close to Correntino they insist even today that it is false that he has given a quorum.
“Nor did he sit on his bench, He only came down because (Miguel) Pichetto asked him to go to stomp how the hand came “, they assure in the surroundings of Espínola.
Despite the pending accountss Cristina chose him to head the ballot for the Senate in the face of what, she interpreted well, was looming: a crushing triumph of the radical Gustavo Valdés and his running mate, the current senator Pedro Braillard Poccard in the election for the government of Corrientes.
If in the national legislatures of November the ruling party in Corrientes achieved another victory, Cristina lose one of the two seats that the Front of All puts at stake in that election (that of Espínola himself and that of the camper Ana Claudia Almirón).
Carlos “Camau” Espínola.
Therefore, the result of this Sunday is restless and leave on alert to CFK.
Anticipating this foreseeable victory for Valdés, he chose Espínola to head the ballot: he is the Peronist who better measure in Corrientes and the only one who can make her keep hope that the Frente de Todos preserves its two senators for that province.
Quorum at risk
The danger For Cristina -in fact for the ruling party, for the Government as a whole- it is that the Frente de Todos lose the majority in the Senate. Today there are 41 senators, four above the quorum.
To lose one of the two senators by Corrientes, the count drops to 40. And the ruling party runs the concrete risk of also losing that of the Cordovan Carlos Caserio, who has a very brave fight in his province. There they would already be 39.
For Chubut he will lose at least one more senator. Is that thanks to an alchemy that will not be repeatedToday the Frente de Todos has the three senators for that province (the two from the majority and the other from the minority). Together for Change will take at least one from you. 38.
And in Santa Fe, where the Frente de Todos has two senators, the end pokes open. To make matters worse for the ruling party, in that province the fight is between three: the Front of All, Together for Change and the Progressive Front. One of the three forces will be left without a bank.
If second in Santa Fe, the K bench of the Senate would be left with 37 members. To finish third, with 36. Cristina I would lose my own quorum and in order to meet, it should negotiate with allied blocs, which will be enforced. Much.
For these reasons the choice in Corrientes is key for CFK.
In Corrientes Peronism they seek take away the drama to the upcoming election.
They argue that Camau is very popular, that a national election is different from a local one, that the provincial government will not put the “cake” of resources that he did put into this campaign, that Valdés does not want a figure to emerge in his provincial force that could overshadow him (in reference to the candidate for senator for his space, Eduardo Vischi).
Radical Governor Gustavo Valdés.
In the National Government they also seek be optimistic. “Camau is doing well and with the unit that was put together we are confident of making a good choice,” they said.
In the Corrientes ruling party they confirmed Clarion that are proposed “play all the tiles to win the November election and keep the two senators. It could be win, more with the clean and jerk that gave us the election this Sunday. ”