December 8, 2013
October 27 electionsSunday, October 6, 2013
Buenos Aires City canvassing intensifies
Buenos Aires City national and local candidates continued canvassing in groups yesterday through different City neighbourhoods ahead of the October 27 elections.
UNEN coalition team, headed by its top Lower House candidate Elisa Carrió, went to the Palermo neighbourhood and urged voters to choose opposition candidates for the Senate in the midterms.
“The City can’t provide Cristina (Fernández de) Kirchner with a senator,” said Carrió in reference to the Victory Front (FpV) senatorial candidate Daniel Filmus.
Peronist lawmaker and filmmaker Fernando “Pino” Solanas is running against the Kirchnerite candidates and is bidding to win for the opposition the third Senate seat up for grabs. The centre-right party PRO of Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri has the best chances of winning two Senate seats, polls show.
UNEN’s strategy is to first grab the minority seat out of the three at stake. But Carrió still expressed optimism that UNEN could still take two Senate seats.
Carrió yesterday criticized PRO’s senatorial candidate, Public Space Minister Diego Santilli. Carrió spared Gabriela Michetti, the head of the PRO Senate ticket, from any criticism.
“Buenos Aires City society’s main goal is to make sure UNEN wins the City and the opposition obtains the three senatorial seats in dispute. It’s even better if one of them is for Fernanda Reyes instead of Santilli,” Carrió said.
During past days, Carrió has been increasing her criticism of Santilli holding him accountable for the poor condition of streets and labeling him as “Peronist,” in an attempt to connect him with Kirchnerism.
PRO meanwhile were quick to react. In an interview with the private news agency DyN Sergio Bergman, the top Lower House candidate for PRO, fired back.
“A lot of people prefer Carrió because she always performs well in midterms but she knows that ‘Pino’ is not an acceptable option for her followers. They will never choose a representative who voted all the national government’s bills,” he said.
Herald staff with Dyn, Télam