March 7, 2014
Macri, CFK enjoy their holidays in PatagoniaMonday, December 30, 2013
Political leaders remain far away from the hellish heat
It was 15 degrees Celsius yesterday afternoon in Villa La Angostura, where Buenos Aires City Mayor was enjoying a holiday.
Macri had interrupted his vacation in the enigmatic Patagonia town earlier in the week, when he returned to the hellish heat of Buenos Aires City on Saturday to declare a state of emergency. Yesterday government allies harshly criticized the City leader for returning to the Patagonian climate seemingly as soon as Saturday’s news conference ended.
Deputy Mayor María Eugenia Vidal was obliged to defend the PRO leader in her Twitter account.
“Mauricio Macri cancelled his leave to take care of the emergency — he went back South to fetch his family and in a few hours he will be back again in the City,” Vidal wrote.
The clarification came after Kirchnerite leaders criticized him for being away while his district seemed to be almost literally on fire.
“It’s obvious the engineer (referring to Mauricio Macri) interrupted his holidays only to lead a press conference,” Victory Front (FpV) lawmaker Juan Cabandié wrote on Twitter.
Kirchnerite Senator Aníbal Fernández also criticized the PRO leader.
“At 11pm (Saturday), Macri was back in Bariloche, travelling by private plane in spite of the ‘energy crisis’ he announced hours before,” the former Cabinet chief said.
City lawmaker Aníbal Ibarra wrote ironically that “Macri returned from his holidays to protect us from power outages ... That is why he headed the news conference and then returned immediately to the South”.
The Kirchnerite leader said that the measures announced by the City mayor were “part of the show recommended by (controversial PRO party adviser Jaime) Durán Barba.”
Look who’s talking now
Kirchnerite officials may want to think twice before attacking Macri for his long holidays, as President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner herself was yesterday still enjoying hers in the Santa Cruz province town of El Calafate.
Fernández de Kirchner travelled to Patagonia on December 19 to spend Christmas with her family and is expected to resume office on January 6.
No statements from the head of state regarding the power outages have been heard since that date. In fact, the president has only been heard from once since then, when she issued a few short sentences dismissing comments by Carlos Kunkel, a ruling party congressman who talked about the possibility that she would run for office in 2015.
It was 17 degrees Celsius yesterday afternoon in El Calafate.