The Buenos Aires senator Martin Lousteau prepare your backpack for an intense and unfolding February. It will be dedicated to touring the wide Buenos Aires geography as a reinforcement of the campaign of Gustavo Posse to the presidency of the Provincial Committee, without taking his eyes off the dispute that will also begin to heat up in his district, where his political sponsors, Enrique Nosiglia and Emiliano Yacobitti, will measure forces against the lists of Daniel Angelici and of Jesus Rodriguez.
Maximiliano Abad, president of the block of Buenos Aires deputies of Together for Change and candidate to preside over the provincial UCR for the party ruling party. Photo: Fabián Gastiarena
To put more pepper to the radical summer, the rival of the mayor of San Isidro, Maximiliano Abad, young president of the block of provincial deputies, scheduled a series of face-to-face and virtual meetings with figures of the stature of Mario Negri, Luis Brandoni and the former Minister of Health, Adolfo Rubinstein. That after being shown together with Ernesto Sanz and Elisa Carrió.
The ardor of the party inmates in Capital and Province will last until the end of the season: authorities will be renewed in both districts on March 21st. But there are no two without three.
Also in Córdoba, the second place in the UCR by number of affiliates, a dispute is announced for the March 14, given that a “renovating” sector headed by the councilor Rodrigo de Loredo, former head of Arsat and trio of Oscar Aguad, has been resisting Negri’s call for unity and Ramón Mestre, irreconcilable former enemies.
With this scenario, half of the two million affiliated with radicalism throughout the country will be called to the polls in the middle of the pandemic. Some 650 thousand from Buenos Aires, 230 thousand from Córdoba and 120 thousand from Capital. With strict protocol and if another peak does not ensue that forces new extensions like those that should have been agreed last year, finally the three key districts will be able to be normalized as the heirs of Alem and Yrigoyen like best: at the polls.
The main course will undoubtedly be that of the province of Buenos Aires, where the allies also play strong. For something there are so many hands on the plate and to the combo of those who balconies that intern we must add the macristas María Eugenia Vidal and Cristian Ritondo on the side of Abad, the candidate of the former lieutenant governor and current party leader, Daniel Salvador.
Posse is bet Emilio Monzó, that armed with the deputies of Possismo an independent bloc in the provincial Legislature, and in smaller doses Patricia bullrich, which was already shown in an act in San Isidro.
“We must end the following of the PRO and strengthen the party within the coalition,” Posse repeats in each foray into the interior of Buenos Aires, where he faces his greatest challenge, given that 27 of the 32 radical mayors back Abad.
As the only party representative in the Conurbano, it is there that Posse has the greatest chances, including the drag of Lousteau, which placed as the first delegate to the National Committee Pablo Domenichini, Chancellor of Brown University. Its about first dolphin of the former Minister of Economy outside the Capital.
The second line of the opposition list was occupied by followers of the “historical” Federico Storani and Juan Manuel Casella, strong critics of the government of Cambiemos.
“We put the party on its feet and now we can fight to get our own candidates in 2021 and 2023”, assures Abad, Mar del Plata by adoption. From their sector they entrust Posse with a trajectory of “zigzags”, which includes the assembly of a municipal party. And they show the greatest conquest of the candidate for the first national conventional, Gaston Manes, brother of the neuroscientist and best-seller.
Just as Posse postulates as candidate for governor, the ruling party seeks to project Facundo Manes for future national positions within Juntos por el Cambio.
In Capital, the campaign consists of a “ant work”, since the inmates are by commune and then the delegates elect the new leadership indirectly.
In Córdoba the arm wrestling appears uneven. De Loredo recognized to Clarín that a triumph of his alliance with emigrated mayors of Mestrism and with the old Angelocism “It would be like dethroning Moyano de Camioneros or the Grondona who commanded the AFA”. But trust to hit the ground running.
Meanwhile, the former mayor Mestre signed peace with Negri on Thursday in Santa Rosa del Río Primero. The agreement was joined by the Alfonsinist sector led by the legislator Dante rossi and that detached from the ambassador Ricardo Alfonsín, who managed to regroup another party band converted to “albertism”, where they militate Federico Polack and César Martucci, among others.
Depending on the lens you look at, the call to vote in the midst of a pandemic can be considered a vice of old politics or an example of internal democracy to be imitated. Those who wear white berets do not hesitate.