There harvest festival in Mendoza will have this weekend a strong political component in a decisive election year: the leadership of the opposition advocates a joint photo as a demonstration of unity, while waiting focuses on what will happen when the leaders of Together for Change meet national government ministers such as Sergio Massa there Edward “Wado” of Pedro.
PRO leaders will travel to the capital of Mendoza as Patricia Bullrich, Hernan Lombardi, Federico Angelini, Fernando Straface (the only larretist), Sebastien Garcia de Luca there Laura Rodriguez Machado, but there will be many more radicals since they play local because it is the province of the governor Rodolfo Suarez: among others, will be the head of the UCR, Gerard Morales; Martin Lousteau, Facundo Manes, Carolina Losada there Luis Naidenoff. Also, the “anti-crack” operator will go Emilio Monzo, national deputy of Together for the change.
The leaders of JxC are transaction a common photo, although the postcard does not reflect the tensions that exist in the opposition coalition: Bullrich, for example, will always be at the side of the radical senator Alfredo Cornejo, who will run to return to the post of governor in the face of the defiant position of the PRO MP Omar DeMarchi, ally of Rodríguez Larreta, ready to compete outside the coalition to lead the province, in a gesture that provokes cimbronazos in opposition.
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The head of the PRO will greet Morales, although they assure that she will try to don’t be so close like Lousteau, the governor of Jujuy is today closer Larreta in his presidential outfit and it looks like his possible running mate. Bullrichism pledges to close ranks not only with an explicit ally like Cornejo, but also with some sort of Autonomous axis of Morales taking place and who will be present in Mendoza: senators Caroline Losada there Luis Naidenoff, in addition to Manes, who will go with his brother Gaston, President of the National Convention of the UCR.
Straface, The secretary general and international relations of the government of Buenos Aires, will ensure the presence of Larretista this weekend in Mendoza, although the head of government, who had decided not to go to the harvest festival, has finally done this Thursday (to avoid falling on Bullrich?): kept a lunch with Suárez and Cornejo, he visited a wine producer, walked the town’s walking street and participated in other activities. In almost all, except lunch, with DeMarchi.
Before journalism, Larreta minimized to the oppositional conflict sparked by De Marchi: “I will not come from Buenos Aires to tell the people of Mendoza what they should do, who should not do it, and how Juntos por el Cambio is organized in Mendoza. For that, we have high-level leadership from Mendoza. I trust the leaders of Mendoza but there are general criteria and they always defend unity”.
The mayor of Buenos Aires nevertheless supported his provincial ally when he declared:I will work until the last day so that there is unity throughout the country. Within this unit, I support PRO candidates in Mendoza”. The party chaired by the provincial deputy Alvaro Martinez, near De Marchi. Bullrich threatened to interfere with the group if he competed outside of JvC.
Beyond internal opposition, attention will focus on What will greetings, reactions and coexistence look like? for a few hours with the senior leaders of Ensemble pour lechange and national government officials who will meet this Saturday morning at the breakfast organized by the Argentine Wine Society (Coviar), a high point on the agenda.
What will Massa and Bullrich do when they meet? Will they greet each other? How will a representative of the “hawks” avoid any gesture of courtesy towards government ministers without disappointing the electorate who are asking her to widen the gap? Rodríguez Larreta, with his first visit, avoided this encerrona flavored dilemma for opponents. De Pedro, one of the leaders of La Cámpora; the Minister of Social Development, Victoria Toulouse Peace; the Secretary for Industry and Productive Development of the Nation, Jose Ignacio de Mendiguren, and the president of Banco Nación, Silvana Batakis.
When Saturday night arrives, all those doubts will surely be dispelled and the central guests of the event will share the central act of the Harvest Festival. Maybe sitting far apart at the Frank Romero Day Greek Theater, but at the same Mendoza celebration that will produce miracles or confirm the usual scenario between pro-government and opponents.