December 20, 2014
Gov't officials, allies blast Massa's Renewal Front
Sergio Massa’s Renewal Front has already sparked strong criticism among ruling party and government-aligned MPs. A “magazine cover”, Victory Front’s Fernando “Chino” Navarro said while New Encounter party's Carlos Raimundi considered Massa’s strategy to compete in August’s PASO primaries is “explicitly” putting together “establishment” leaders.
In statements to local media, Navarro affirmed the alliance of Tigre’s Mayor has been shaped up with a “complex heterogeneity." “That is not a (political) force. If you take a look at the list (of candidates), it looks like the cover of a celebrities magazine,” the also head of the political and social organization Mvimiento Evita said and forecasted that the Kirchnerite administration will secure 40 percent of the ballots in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s most populated and certainly most challenging electoral district.
Meanwhile, New Encounter party deputy Carlos Raimundi joined Navarro’s position against the Renewal Front of Sergio Massa which he said brings explicitly together both local and foreign leaders of the “establishment”.
“(With Massa’s candidacy) the establishment thinks it has found what its candidate for 2015,” Raimundi assured in a statement and went on to consider that that ex cabinet chief during the first administration of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is “no political leader.”
MP and legal representative of the ruling Victory Front Jorge Landau also questioned what he called Massa’s “intentions to weaken President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner”.
“Facing such decision there will be a strong reaction to (the president’s) leadership”, Landau warned as he described Massa’s allies for the PASO battle a “group of mayors” who made their way thanks to the “Victory Front”.