December 10, 2013
Massa-Macri political war begins in elections aftermath
Political war has come to center stage after Sunday’s results giving Renewal Front head Sergio Massa a definitive win in Buenos Aires province and a victory of its own to Mauricio Macri’s PRO party in Argentina’s capital city. Allies during campaign times, Massa and Macri have now turned into enemies ahead of the 2015 presidential run.
“In my PRO list there will be no member of a former cabinet,” Macri fired first alleging to Sergio Massa’s post as cabinet chief during the first administration of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Gabriela Michetti –gaining a senate seat with 39.25 percent of the ballots- was probably more direct in her approach to the post-elections scenario. “Massa was an ally, no is an opponent,” she affirmed.
Statements aside, candidates lists speak their own language. Out of the 35 candidates under the Renewal Front party ballot, four respond to Mauricio Macri: Soledad Martínez, Gladys González, Christian Gribaudo and Marcelo D’Alessandro who is expected to close ranks behind the Mayor of Tigre. Martínez, González and Gribaudo will be part of the PRO Lower House caucus leaving Massa’s parliamentary group no longer with 19 but with 16 seats and taking Macri’s to 21.
In the meantime, Sergio Massa has already started to plan a new strategy to tempt MPs responding to anti-Kirchnerite leaders Hugo Moyano, José Manuel De la Sota, Luis Barrionuevo, Mario Das Neves, Carlos “Lole” Reutemann” and Jorge Busti.
Mauricio Macri got 3 million votes and Sergio Massa 3.8 million votes on Sunday’s legislative elections with the ruling Victory Front though remaining Argentina's leading political force nationwide.