Allegations over Governor’s race in Baja California

It will not be decided at the polls

Allegations over Governor’s race in Baja CaliforniaFernando Castro Trenti (PRI) and Francisco "kiko" Vega de La Mardrid (PAN)
Fernando Castro Trenti (PRI) and Francisco "kiko" Vega de La Mardrid (PAN)

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Analysts Lorenzo Meyer and Sergio Aguayo said that there is a possibility that the next governor of Baja California will not be decided at the polls, but instead there has been a deal that has been made between political parties.

During a discussion hosted by journalist Carmen Aristegui for MVS, Meyer and Aguayo agreed that the priority for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was to maintain the support of Gustavo Madero, President of the National Action Party (PAN), to Enrique Peña Nieto. So in return, Francisco "Kiko" Vega de La Madrid, will be the next governor of Baja California instead of Fernando Castro Trenti.

As reference, Meyer said that this type of practice already existed in the past, which for an example he pointed out that in 1988, in exchange for the PAN party’s endorsement for Carlos Salinas de Gortari as President, Ernesto Ruffo (PAN) was awarded the governorship of Baja California, the first governor for the PAN party in the state.

The accusations by these analysts are not new, a few weeks ago, journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, had made similar observations in one of his columns, where he talked about Enrique Peña Nieto's government administration not supporting Castro Trenti, and preferring to side with the PAN party to keep the "Pact for Mexico" agreement on even ground.

This weekend the "Permanent Political Commission" (Comision Politica Permanente) was held in Baja California by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). The meeting was attended by governors, Congress leaders, national and corporate sector leaders, representatives of local deputies and municipal presidents, government leaders and candidates of the PRI in Baja California.

In the event, the PRI party showed their support for Castro Trenti and other candidates who are running for mayor and deputies, but something that was said raised a few eye brawls.

"With a change of direction, we succeed without having to defeat anyone," said Cesar Camacho Quiroz, who is the National President of the PRI party. With this remark, it’s something that could confirm the discussion that both Lorenzo Meyer and Sergio Aguayo had at the MVS analysis table today.

The elections for Mayor’s and for the Governor of Baja California will be held next July 7. This election will be the first to be held after Enrique Peña Nieto took office as the new Mexican President in 2012, breaking the line of presidents from the PAN party who held the presidency for a total of 12 years.

Since Ernesto Ruffo Appel became the Governor of Baja Califonia (1988), the state has had a governor from the PAN party ever since. Will this tradition continue?

Editorial@Sandiegored.com

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