The resounding triumph of Gustavo Valdés motivated a great euphoria among the leaders of the Radical Civic Union who approached Corrientes to be part of a historic election for the party. It was one of the greatest successes in democracy in the face of a justicialist formula, in a province that radicalism governs since 2001.
“From the time of Angel Rozas in Chaco, or some of the triumphs in Mendoza, that such a large difference is not achieved “, a radical leader anticipated from early on who, like the rest of his co-religionists, discounted a success of Valdés in the Corrientes election.
That level of confidence led to the fact that from Saturday afternoon at the Turismo Hotel Casino, which served almost as the party’s bunker, smiles will spread from ear to ear among the leaders present. Ernesto Sanz, today without legislative or executive positions but clearly one of the main political shipowners of the party, was one of the most active.
Gustavo Valdés from Corrientes with Gerardo Morales from Jujuy, last June. Photo Mario Quinteros.
He he was the one who summoned the whole troupe to travel to Corrientes, aware that, two weeks before the national PASO, it was the ideal moment to take charge of a victory that affirms the consolidation of the party within Juntos por el Cambio.
The senator from Formosa was very close to him all the time Luis Naidenoff, of the most exultant for the triumph of Valdés, the senators for La Rioja and Tierra del Fuego, Julio Martínez and Pablo Blanco, the candidate for national deputy for the City, Adolfo Rubinstein and the mayor of La Rioja, Inés Brizuela and Doria. Already on Sunday the governor of Jujuy arrived Gerardo Morales placeholder image, the candidate for national deputy for the province of Buenos Aires, Facundo Manes, and the Mendoza deputy Alfredo Cornejo.
On Saturday night and early Sunday, after voting, the governor himself came to greet Valdes, who clashed fists affectionately with each of those present. “It can be a very good option for the national army of 2023,” acknowledged an important party voice on the future of Valdés, who will have a mandate until 2025 but who, after such an election, is emerging as one of the possible candidates to lead a radical formula in two years.
On Sunday afternoon, while the elections were closing, he had a central protagonist. Facundo Manes, who arrived around 5:00 p.m., took a short break and went out around 7:00 p.m. to the hotel terrace where complete radicalism converged.
On rockstar modeManes took dozens of selfies with those who were there and were surprised to see a “celebrity” sharing with them the time when the sun was setting behind the Paraná River. It was only ten minutes, but there was plenty of time to ratify the doctor’s charisma, that he will seek to compete vote by vote with Diego Santilli in the PASO de Juntos por el Cambio en la Provincia, but he does not hide his national and future vision.
Like Sanz, The other radical reference who garnered greetings from each of those present was Cornejo. Shortly after the election ended and a more than 70% turnout was confirmed at the polls, the former governor of Mendoza recognized Clarion that “the percentages that Valdés achieved are very high, above any other radical governor in these years.”
What’s more, He spoke of a “period climate” and that “Kirchnerism is losing prestige in most of the provinces”. Also, while recognizing the triumph as “radicalism”, he extended the success to the entire Together for Change coalition. The PRO, for example, celebrated the victory through its main references on the networks, but did not send any representative to Corrientes.
Yes, there was some isolated case of face-to-face support from non-radical leaders of the coalition, such as Atilio Benedetti, national deputy from Entre Ríos and third candidate on Rogelio Frigerio’s list in the province.
For this Monday at 11 o’clock the zoom of the national coalition table is scheduled. The intention of radicalism is let Valdés say present. If you cannot, due to the loaded media agenda, the appointment may be postponed to Tuesday.