December 5, 2013
Capitanich warns against rush to 2015
Chaco leader takes aim at Scioli’s responsibilities for Kirchnerite loss in Buenos Aires
Chaco province Governor Jorge Capitanich yesterday warned other Kirchnerite politicians against rushing toward the 2015 presidential elections too quickly.
Victory Front (FpV) leaders should “support the leadership of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and not rush the political timeline,” Capitanich told radio programme El Fin de la Metáfora.
However, the staunch Kirchnerite who is seen as a potential Fernández de Kirchner successor said earlier that the president “should consider the qualitative change in the public agenda” following the recent increase in opposition votes and told Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli to “evaluate” why he “did not enjoy a favourable result” in his district.
“The government has underperformed in some electoral districts and has enjoyed very good results in others like Chaco,” Capitanich told Salta-based newspaper El Tribuno, in a clear effort to capitalize on the 61.4 percent of the votes the FpV garnered in his province.
“When you go to a midterm you must be aware of the effects that an election will have,” he added.
Aiming at Scioli
Capitanich — the second-in-command at the Peronist (PJ) party after Scioli — also gave his interpretation of why Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa received more votes than Kirchnerite contender Lomas de Zamora Mayor Martín Insaurralde in the October 27 midterms.
“We need to see if the electoral opposition force was better, if (FpV’s) message was adequate, and if necessary conditions to avoid an unfavourable result were met,” Capitanich said. “These circumstances must be evaluated by the provincial governor, the candidates and other provincial leaders.”
In an interview with daily La Nación, Capitanich insisted there was no “natural candidate” to succeed the president in 2015.
“Peronism never has a natural candidate,” Capitanich insisted. “Daniel (Scioli’s) ambition is legitimate, but we need to see how the scenario unfolds over the next two years.”
‘CFK will play a decisive role’
Meanwhile, Entre Ríos governor Sergio Urribarri, repeatedly mentioned along with Capitanich as a possible Fernández de Kirchner successor, and is, along with Capitanich, one of the few Kirchnerite leaders who enjoyed good results in his native districts, also spoke about 2015 over the weekend.
“The president will play a decisive role when it comes to the (2015) presidential candidacy,” Urribarri told newspaper Página/12.
He added that it was not just about her leadership over the last few years, but also because she will continue to be an influential voice in politics even after she leaves the Government House.
“Cristina (Fernández de Kirchner) is going to be the kingmaker (for the next presidential elections), by far.”
The important thing, the Entre Ríos leader said, “is the size of the mountain these guys (in the opposition) must climb to reach the presidency.”
In that respect, the fact that the FpV was able to retain control of Congress after 10 years of government will lead the government to “relaunch its political project.”
Statements from both provincial leaders came as Peronism prepares for its internal party elections that will be held next month.
Days earlier, Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto — a solid performer in the southern province of Río Negro — said it was time for “new leadership.”
— Herald with DyN, Télam
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