The orange formation is not considering a manager and plans to appoint a new coordinator after the resignation of the deputy, who will keep her seat
Joy does not last long in the house of the poor, warns the popular saying. Let them tell the affiliates of Citizens in the Region. If on Saturday they received a dose of optimism in a coexistence held in San Pedro del Pinatar, where their regional leader harangued them to move on after months of continuous displeasure, yesterday they woke up with the resignation of Ana Martínez Vidal as party coordinator in the Region, unexpected resignation for the majority as was the food.
The departure of Ana Martínez Vidal adds fuel to the fire of the decomposition process of the orange formation, which began with the bump of Albert Rivera in the general elections of November 10, 2019 and reached the point of no return in the Region with the motion of censure presented together with the PSOE, by surprise, against the Government of which it was part.
Now the national leadership will have to decide whether to simply replace Martínez Vidal with the appointment of a new coordinator, the option that was handled yesterday afternoon, or to dismiss the entire team that has accompanied the former councilor to constitute a manager. Sources from Cs in Madrid indicated that “from this moment on, the ordinary mechanisms will be put in place to proceed with the appointment of a new coordinating spokesperson in the Region, as stated in our statutes.” The option of the manager would be taken if there was a mass rout of leaders of the autonomic committee of Vidal, something that was not foreseen at the close of this edition.
The regional leader, who had lost her supporters in Madrid, anticipates a possible dismissal
The aforementioned sources also slip that Ana Martínez Vidal has anticipated an imminent dismissal by Inés Arrimadas. The former coordinator lost her great supporter in Madrid, Carlos Cuadrado, who ceased to be deputy secretary general after the failed motion of censure. As LA VERDAD said, recently the secretary of the national organization, Borja González, was in Murcia to eat with the vice mayor of Murcia, Mario Gómez, whose lack of harmony with the regional president was known for a long time. Likewise, at the headquarters on Calle de Alcalá they learned of the leak from Murcia to state media of screenshots of WhatsApp conversations that would implicate the general secretary of Cs, Marina Bravo.
Keep your seat and salary
Ana Martínez Vidal leaves her organic responsibilities, but will maintain until the end of the legislature her seat in the Assembly, where she is a deputy of the Mixed Group. If he renounces the act, the list of Cs would run in the regional elections and the current Transparency counselor, Antonio Sánchez Lorente, would enter the Chamber, aligned with the oranges expelled who overthrew the motion of censure. Thus, this would help to strengthen the majority of the Government of Fernando López Miras. The three that follow on the list are, in the same way, from the rebel sector.
As a deputy in the Assembly, Vidal receives a gross annual salary of 52,661 euros, plus a social security supplement of 5,234 euros per year. Since the failed motion of censure, he has not presented a single parliamentary initiative. On the first day of the Debate on the State of the Region, 45 of the 83 minutes that the president’s speech lasted were outside the Plenary Hall. The second day directly did not go, claiming that he had an appointment with the doctor. These absences could cost you a file in the Deputy Statute Commission, since attendance at plenary sessions is mandatory.
Martínez Vidal is on the waiting list for the Community Corps of Civil Engineers, after running for public examinations before being elected as a deputy in the 2019 elections. She has already rejected a position in the General Directorate of Water.
María José Ros and Sánchez Torregrosa, favorites for the relay
The idea of Cs is to appoint a new coordinator to fill the gap left by Ana Martínez Vidal in the regional committee of the Region. You don’t have much to choose from either, as Cs has lost muscle in these months of internal breakdown. The favorites are María José Ros Olivo, who has served as Head of Organization with Martínez Vidal, and Gabriel Sánchez Torregrosa, who was the right hand of the previous leader in the Department of Business and became a Transparency counselor for a few weeks. Ros Olivo had a good relationship with the vice mayor of Murcia, Mario Gómez, who is now, together with senator Miguel Sánchez and Cartagena mayor Manuel Padín, the main institutional reference for Cs.
The already ex-leader of Cs in the Region assured that her departure responds to strictly personal reasons. Specifically, he indicated that he has “a family project” underway. In his farewell letter, Martínez Vidal reaffirms himself in the motion of censure presented with the PSOE, which was necessary to put an end to “26 years of mafia practices” of the PP. It qualifies as the biggest mistake of Cs having agreed with Fernando López Miras in 2019.
“We keep walking”
The general secretary of Cs, Marina Bravo, thanked through the social network Twitter the work in these ten months as coordinator of Ana Martínez Vidal, She also sent a message of encouragement to Murcian affiliates: «We will continue to walk stronger in this new stage ». Inés Arrimadas did not speak. Francisco Álvarez, from Grupo Cs in the Assembly, considers that his decision once again responds “to his personal interest.”
Ten frantic months in which she was president for two days
The name of Ana Martínez Vidal will forever be part of the political history of the Region. He was the person who was one step away from ending 26 years in a row of governments of the PP, a party in which he was active before joining Ciudadanos. He had to finish the job.
Although her internal influence was on the rise since the 2019 elections, she was not appointed coordinator until September 2020. She made a clean sweep upon arrival, surrounding herself with a team she trusted and leaving no gap for her internal rival, Isabel Franco, to the that, in addition, he was pressing for him to cede the vice-presidency of the regional government. He also took pains to distance himself from the PP in the Executive, in order to shed his image as a conservative leader for which he received fierce criticism from the regional left.
The tension with the popular ones was on the rise and exploded when THE TRUTH revealed that the Minister of Health, Manuel Villegas, and his collaborators had been vaccinated outside the protocol. Although her pressure was key for the entire dome of the Ministry to fall, she did not settle for that, convinced that hundreds of PP public officials skipped the queue.
Thus, while he was negotiating with López Miras the Budgets, the remodeling of the Executive and the President’s law, he forged a motion of no confidence with the PSOE. They presented it on March 10, causing an earthquake throughout Spain. Even Pablo Iglesias left the Government as a result of the Murcian carambola.
She was virtual president for two days. It had even distributed the ministries with the Socialists. But he did not count on the PP being able to break its parliamentary group, convincing four of the six deputies to make the motion fail. Since then he has been losing prominence and visibility until yesterday, at seven in the morning, he submitted his resignation.