December 6, 2013
Cabandié 'apologizes' but says video is political
“I made my regret public,” Kirchnerite Juan Cabandié running in October 27 legislative elections said as he acknowledged his responsibility in the controversy that aroused after an anonymous video was released showing him arguing with a traffic officer. About that video, however, he affirmed it responds to a political maneuver.
Buenos Aires city legislator Cabandié, who will be competing for a sit in the national congress in less than two weeks, apologized for the episode and added Belén Mosquera –the young officer who threatened to seize his vehicle since he did not have the car’s insurance documents on him-, was not the one seeking to “bribe” him.
“I made my regret public and I apologize for the way I behaved with that lady. It was due to (my) rage over the Gendarmes’ attiude,” Cabandié told reporters today explaining it was the military police and not Ms. Mosquera that infuriated him.
“The guy (the gendarme) had a very arrogant attitude. When I gave them the (insurance) credencial I told them they could not seize my car. They can not seize a car even if the latest payment receipt is missing,” the city lawmaker insisted and affirmed that Mosquera’s dismissal from the Buenos Aires province traffic department had “nothing to do” with his request for a “punishment” –in the video, Cabandié appears talking over the phone with another person that he calls “Martín” to him he asks to give Mosquera´s a “punishment.” Belén Mosquera was fired in August with municipal authorities deciding not to renew his 6-month job contract.
Still, the Kirchnerite considered the video does have a deliberate intention since the episode with Mosquera took place 5 months ago and it only became public this weekend. “They would have realeased it before. I think it is a response to the televised debate, with me talking about the broadcasting media law in TN, I think that has annoyed some,” Cabandié said referring to last week’s television debate when he faced opposition parliamentary candidates Sergio Bergman (PRO) and Elisa Carrió (UNEN) in the TN news channel that belongs to the Clarín group.
The Clarín group has filed several injuctions since the media bill was approved by Congress in 2009, stopping the new law –that obliges Clarin to dismantle part of its broadcasting empire- to be fully observed.