December 13, 2013
Victory Front closes ranks in Corrientes
Scioli, Insaurralde, Abal Medina travel to support Espínola’s candidacy
With a room packed of activists and two tables with nearly a full presence of national Kirchnerite officials, including Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli and Lomas de Zamora Mayor Martín Insau-rralde, the ruling Victory Front colaition (FpV) closed ranks to support Corrientes Mayor Carlos “Camau” Espínola’s bid to run for Corrientes governor in a bid to reverse the result of the August 11 primaries.
“Politics is willpower and planning. Politics is efforts and is also teamwork, like the one we are carrying out here today,” said Scioli, the most anticipated speaker of the rally.
And he emphasized: “There is nothing more Peronist than a country that brings the debt level down, there is nothing more Peronist than the Universal Child Allowance, there is nothing more Peronist than creating jobs, like the ones we make possible”
Scioli was not alone on the stage. Misiones Governor Maurice Clauss, San Juan Governor José Luis Gioja, Chaco Governor Jorge Capitanich and Formosa Governor Gildo Insfrán were also present.
“I want young people to endorse this young candidate like Camau,” said Scioli. “If there is something that defines this project it is the ideas and the renewed candidates, new leaders like my friend Martín Insaurralde,” said Scioli. Insaurralde is the Victory Front’s candidate to the Lower House in Buenos Aires province.
ANSeS director Diego Bossio and Cabinet Chief Juan Manuel Abal Medina were also part of the rally that is seen as a sign the ruling coalition is holding together after August’s defeat in Buenos Aires province, Buenos Aires City, Santa Fe, Córdoba province and other major districts.
“We reject so-called politricks. We have had enough of it already. Let’s move forward,” rallied Abal Medina.
Espínola sacrificed some attention for the sake of giving the stage to national officials who travelled to Corrientes to support his candidacy. Nevertheless, he made no efforts to avoid harsh words when referring to his rival ahead of the September 15 election.
“I am glad to have governors backing and walking with us in this electoral process. We have set ourselves one objective: to recover a province and make possible its integration into a country like Argentina, which is growing,” said Espínola.
“The Constitution is very clear. It does not allow mayors to be re-reelected and Governor (Colombi) is lobbying for 13 district leaders to be allowed to rally when the courts have already declared it is an unconstitutional move,” said Espínola.
Espínola, a former Olympic yachtman, who became mayor after winning elections in 2009 mentioned both the late former president Néstor Kirchner and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in his speech.
“I remember when they welcomed me some years ago, when I decided to run for the city of Corrientes. They told me I ought not to be nervous. There was so much to be done and look how much we have accomplished”, said “Camau” and received some of the warmest applauses of the night.
The meeting took place in the former No. 9 Infantry Regiment’s salon and was called by Gioja as head of the GESTAR Peronist thinktank.
During the last PASO polls, the Radical Party’s front Encounter for Corrientes (ECO) led by Governor Ricardo Colombi, defeated Kirchnerism with 48 percent of the votes. The FpV garnered 39 percent. The third force in dispute, Radical Party Senator Nito Artaza’s candidates list, came far behind with just 8.3 percent of the votes.