May 22, 2013
Kirchnerites slam Scioli after meeting with Cobos
Buenos Aires province Deputy Governor Gabriel Mariotto slammed Governor Daniel Scioli once again for having met with former vice-president Julio Cobos in December, although he also expressed satisfaction over the scheduled meeting between Scioli and Tigre Mayor Sergio Massa.
In a radio interview, Mariotto said: “I was asked about the dinner with Cobos and I said that one can have dinner with whomever one feels comfortable. We may dislike it, but others may not. It is a gesture. The governor can meet with everyone.”
“We do not agree with the picture with Cobos and when I see Daniel (Scioli) I will tell him, despite the fact that one can have a dinner with whom one wants, without reproach,” he added.
The deputy governor described Tigre Mayor Sergio Massa as a “mayor that forms part of the national project,” and also referred to the ongoing dispute over federal revenue-sharing with Buenos Aires province by claiming “the province has a structural deficit that must be resolved.”
However, he attributed the problem predominantly to the province’s own taxes, suggesting “we should not resign ourselves to collecting less than what we spend... We must discuss, not demand based on our belly-buttons,” he concluded.
Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo head Estela de Carlotto was more blunt in her criticism of Scioli for meeting with Cobos, who she called a “traitor.”
“Scioli should explain the meeting to the President (Cristina Fernández de Kirchner),” because Cobos “has no ethics” and “occupied a place and betrayed what was agreed,” she argued, adding she hopes “Cobos does not influence politics in that province.”
Kirchnerite Deputy Carlos Kunkel also questioned the meeting, describing it as “a mistake” and an “error” to have staged the meeting in private, because politicians “have limited private lives” so “meetings can or transcend or not.”
Herald with DyN, Ambito.com