Few political campaigns in recent times have resulted in such fighting, so full of innuendo and mud on all sides.
And with such strange declarations, such as the alleged alliance between Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and his party Morena (National Regeneration Movement) and the infamous governor of the state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, to support the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate, Héctor Yunes.
The intention of the AMLO-Duarte alliance is to sabotage the campaign of the opposition candidate, Víctor Manuel Yunes, fruit of an alliance between the National Action and Democratic Revolution parties (PAN and PRD).
A similar alliance with the PRI candidate is rumored here in Oaxaca.
By the way, one of the most important messages issued by José Antonio Estefan Garfias, candidate of a PAN-PRD alliance in Oaxaca, is “Not more of the same,” even though we all know that he is favored by current Governor Gabino Cué (winner under a similar alliance, and we know how that went).
The shocker was published by the prestigious Mexico City newspaper El Financiero, which reported that a US $28 million Texas bank account under Garfias’ name was under investigation, including by the FBI.
Garfias has had a long political career in public service, most of it as a member of PRI.
In Tamaulipas, PRI has distanced itself from three mayoral candidates. In a first instance, the candidates were accused of being tied to organized crime, although later they were singled out for proselytizing in favor of the PAN-PRD gubernatorial candidate, Francisco Javier García Cabeza de Vaca.
Several independent candidates have also appeared. Some seem to think that by looking the rancher part, donning a hat and riding a horse, they’re seen as working and trustworthy types, even if they lack political expertise.
Nuevo León Governor Jaime “El Bronco” Rodríguez Calderón was one such independent candidate and he has been struggling to coordinate and negotiate, instead of ruling by sombrerazos, or beating his hat.
We’ll see after election day if the parties fulfill the predictions of their leaders, and a possible profile of the presidential elections of 2018.
Sidenote: We were invited to the rally of a young politician and San Pedro Mixtepec (Puerto Escondido) mayoral hopeful. The appointed time was 11:00am, but the candidate arrived at 12, offering apologies and claiming, as do all, that there were unexpected circumstances. What a lack of respect for others’ time.
Armando González is a journalist and broadcaster who lives in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.