July 28, 2014
De la Sota steps closer to Massa
As Córdoba governor distances himself from Kirchnerism, talks 2015
It may have become a trend for dissident Peronist Sergio Massa recently, but this April 7’s signature hunt in Córdoba City won’t have anything to do with his Renewal Front’s attempts to down the Penal code reform. Instead, 2015 presidential hopeful 2015 Massa will be meeting with Córdoba province governor José Manuel de la Sota on the guise of signing a tourism agreement, and in it — as is almost always the case — will be the possibility of some form of political allegiance.
Both formerly aligned with the administration of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, De la Sota and Massa — who’s been meeting with politicians across the country to gather signatures against the Penal Code reform — will meet on April 7 in Córdoba’s Civic Centre for the monthly working lunch of the Mediterranean Foundation, in what will be a further sign of the three-time Córdoba governor’s distance-taking measures against the government, which come long after Massa’s, who consolidated his own fallout with the CFK administration with a win in the October mid-term elections.
“Massa and I will be signing a tourism agreement. I’ve never had any issues with Massa and we’ve known each other for a while now,” De la Sota announced yesterday.
He was also on the record in an interview with the La Voz del Interior newspaper where he spoke in depth about the internal dynamics of Peronism, which Massa has also been distancing himself from.
“It’s a party that doesn’t resolve inflation nor insecurity, and blindly follows the government. It’s not a space I feel comfortable in.”
Though the governor claimed that he first intended to “work on making Peronism a respectable, republican and democratic party,” he did however hint at a possible run for the top job in 2015.
“While I understand nothing’s imperative, I’m not going to deny that I’d like to see myself noted down on a presidential ticket,” he said.
But that wouldn’t be with Kirchnerite governor of Buenos Aires province, Daniel Scioli, as it has been claimed recently.
“No, no, not at all. I have no vocation in flanking someone, I have experience: three times I’ve governed one of the most important provinces in the country in terms of population and agricultural production,” he told the daily.
Meeting with Massa
The reunion with Sergio Massa will mark the return of direct communication between the two, after a meeting in February last year, right before Massa, the former mayor of Tigre in Greater Buenos Aires, decided to launch his Renewal Front into the then upcoming mid-term elections.
De la Sota had been pondering his political future and a break-up with the CFK administration, and months later found himself competing against Massa to form an alternative to Kirchnerism in Buenos Aires province.
In the back-and-forths of national politics, after the midterm elections in which the Renewal Front dominated in the province, De la Sota again drifted closer to Kirchnerite governor of BA province, Daniel Scioli.
Asked about the possibility of an alliance with De la Sota, Massa yesterday told radio Mitre, “we shouldn’t speculate about formulas. It’s not the right time.”
—Herald with online media