Local newspaper publishes interview with president’s sonTuesday, March 4, 2014
Máximo Kirchner breaks his silence
The son of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her late husband and predecessor, the late Néstor Kirchner, broke his long-held silence and said the Kirchnerite La Cámpora youth organization is “neither dogmatic nor excessively pragmatic” and criticized opposition leaders for having “nothing to offer” the country.
In a preview of the book Fuerza propia — La Cámpora por dentro (“Own strength: Inside La Cámpora”) published yesterday by newspaper Página/12, Máximo Kirchner — who is notably reticent to speak to the media — said the Kirchnerite organization has not yet decided its “electoral expression” for the 2015 presidential elections.
“We don’t know what our electoral expression will be, but whatever turns out will be fine. Our work is a long-term bet. Some try to make it seem that Peronism is everything today, but you need to know what the youngsters think about it,” Máximo Kirchner told journalist Sandra Russo, who has previously written an authorized biography of President Fernández de Kirchner.
Against the opposition
In another part of the interview published by Página/12, the La Cámpora representative took aim at opposition leaders.
“One gets disillusioned several times, but you believe again. There are risks. Guys like (former cabinet chief) Alberto Fernández (who jumped ship after leaving Kirchnerism) are usual in politics. It still hurts, but one must go on,” he said.
On a more personal note, he criticized those leaders who said La Cámpora members had too much pride.
“They say we’re arrogant. Why arrogant? One defends his own position and it turns out he is arrogant? Why should we tolerate other people coming to insult us, saying that everything (in this country) is all fucked up? What would be ‘democratic’ in this context? Those who obtained 16 percent (of the votes) telling the ones that garnered 54 percent what to do?” Kirchner asked.
In the 2011 presidential elections, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner won with 54.11 percent of the votes. Runner-up Hermes Binner, leader of the Broad Progressive Front (FAP) mustered just 16.8 percent of the preferences.
CFK’s eldest son acknowledged the defeat of the ruling Victory Front (FpV) in last year’s legislative election, though he tried to play down its results.
“We expected something like that would happen,” he said.
In this context, the La Cámpora leader said Kirchnerism rejected the concept of sealing electoral deals with many parties.
“There are sectors with whom is impossible to seal an accord, because they screw you either when you’re coming or when you’re going,” Kirchner told Russo.
Máximo Kirchner then condemned staunch anti-Kirchnerite candidates from dissident Peronist Francisco de Narváez to UNEN party leader Elisa Carrió.
“In a general sense, each and every candidate that portrayed himself or herself as a staunch anti-Kirchnerite ended up failing. You see how De Narváez ended up. In October, hate lost (the elections), except for the case of Carrió, who represent the most reactionary and conservative sectors from Buenos Aires City, home to most of the hate and media power,” he said.
“And since hate lost the elections, these sectors now support (Renewal Front leader Sergio) Massa, who is a confusing figure.”
The political proposal from the former Tigre mayor “is confusing — he’s a guy that was part of the political project (headed by the Victory Front), that back in 2011 was very happy with Cristina’s candidacy.”