December 5, 2013
LEGISLATURE ELECTIONSSunday, September 8, 2013
Kirchnerites play Taiana card in BA City
Deadline to define ballots to the Buenos Aires City Legislature hits at midnight
The Kirchnerite Victory Front (FpV) will play a strong Peronist card in an effort to improve its electoral performance in Buenos Aires City. Former foreign minister Jorge Taiana was named yesterday to lead the FpV ballot to the Buenos Aires City Legislature.
Although Taiana’s name had been rumoured, the move was the biggest surprise in the countdown to the midnight deadline yesterday to register candidates to run in October. Both UNEN and PRO, the two other major contenders, had already anticipated the top figures of their tickets previously: La Alameda civic association director Gustavo Vera for UNEN and Fundación Pensar academic director Iván Petrella for PRO.
“We are very optimistic. I think we have a good list of candidates and, for my part, I am glad to be contributing to strengthening the performance of a national project that has transformed Argentina and is trying to express itself more vigorously in Buenos Aires City,” said Taiana.
His name was announced officially during a press conference after a last minute meeting yesterday in the Buenos Aires Justicialist Party headquarters.
Kirchnerite officials were waiting for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to return from the G20 summit in Russia to confirm the list’s names.
“This is a pluralistic list that represents all Kirchnerite sectors. It’s a ticket I am proud to head. I am eager to work hard for Buenos Aires City citizens to guarantee the highest possible level for our Legislature,” promised Taiana.
Taiana is currently a member of Movimiento Evita’s national board along with Emilio Pérsico and Fernando “Chino” Navarro. But he was once a long-standing figure in Kirchnerite national cabinet.
During Néstor Kirchner’s administration, Taiana was appointed deputy Foreign Minister under Foreign Minister Rafael Bielsa. Taiana was named foreign minister in December 2005.
However, his relationship with the Kirchners dates back to the Calafate Group creation in the ‘80s. It was the same political channel leftist sectors inside Peronism used to stay away from the pro-Menem sector in the nineties.
After the December 2001 collapse, the Calafate Group became Néstor Kirchner’s base to run for president in 2003.
Once Fernández de Kirchner took office on December 2007, Taiana was confirmed as foreign minister. Diplomatic conflicts at the time included the Argentina-Uruguay confrontation over the pulp mill plants in Fray Bentos.
Things would not end well. On June 2010, after being accussed of “disloyalty” by Fernández de Kirchner, Taiana sent a letter of resignation to her alleging “personal reasons.” And he almost disappeared from major leagues politics.
“His name was always a possibility even for the national Congress,” said one Kirchnerite source. He said that positions on the list were discussed until last minute.
At press time, La Cámpora organization was being granted a second position on the list for Javier Andrade.
An alternative Kirchnerite ticket will also be fielded in Buenos Aires City. The Communist Party-Popular and Progressive Front alliance will also run with an attached ballot paper to the Daniel Filmus-Juan Cabadié ticket. That ticket will be headed by Pablo Ferreyra. Pablo is the brother of Mariano Ferreyra, the young activist killed by Unión Ferroviaria demonstrators during a protest for the rights of outsourced workers in 2010.
Last Wednesday, Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri announced that Petrella would be his top candidate for the Buenos Aires City Legislature.
“He is a philosopher, a young academic that used to teach at Miami University and resigned his position to dedicate himself to his country. He represents this young generation that is betting for a change,” said Macri.
Second place is reserved for a Patricia Bullrich supporter in the Legislature, Juan Pablo Arenaza.
In the case of UNEN, Gustavo Vera will be seconded by Senator María Eugenia Estenssoro, who is finishing her mandate in December. The rest of the list was divided according to UNEN sectors performance during primaries: Hernán Arce, Juan Nosigilia, son of historic Radical Party official Enrique “Coti” Nosigilia, and ARI’s Paula Olivetto, among others.
For Camino Popular, Union leader Fabio Basteiro will head the ticket and university lecturer Marcelo Ramal will lead the Leftist Worker Front in the City Legislature polls.
Finally, smaller forces like Graciela Ocaña’s Public Confidence or Rafael Gentilli’s Sumar I+D will run with short tickets without a Congress nor a senatorial option in October.
Herald staff with Télam, DyN