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Anaya's recent sham

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Anaya's recent sham

Now, the national leader of the National Action Party (PAN) Ricardo Anaya is using official times to promote himself and try to clean his name – the worst part is that he is doing so by lying. In a spot registered by the PAN before the National Electoral Institute (INE) to have it broadcasted this week, it is claimed that a federal judge has proved Mr. Ricardo right and that the information published by EL UNIVERSAL on his and his in-laws' estate “wasn't true.” What is not true is what that spot says, because what the lower court judge said was that Anaya had a right to rebuttal – not that what this newspaper published was untrue. Another lie is that the spot says the newspaper was “attacking and attacking the national leadership of the PAN and its president, Ricardo Anaya.” The information has always focused on Anaya and his in-laws, never on the national leadership of the PAN. After the image of Anaya appears, the spot closes presenting a poll in which they claim the coalition between the National Action Party (PAN), Democratic Revolution Party (PRD)m and the Citizen's Movement (MC) is above the National Regeneration Party (MORENA) and the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in electoral preferences. Image promotion and personal damage control with public resources – that can only come from the president of a political party.

Friendless prosecutor wanted

This week the process to appoint a prosecutor to the Specialized Attorney's Office against Electoral Crimes (FEPADE) is supposed to begin, after the embarrassing issue with the sudden ousting of the former Prosecutor, Santiago Nieto. Our sources say negotiations between the political forces are set to begin and that agreements will be reached. Nevertheless, not everyone is as optimistic, since some claim the task to find a candidate not affiliated with any political party and with experience in electoral crimes will not be as easy as pie. A man or a woman will have to be found which cannot be accused of having sympathies for a specific party – because in the previous cases, both the former Attorney General and Santiago Nieto were accused of being buddies of political adversaries. In the end, they need a prosecutor who's not friends with anyone.

Politicians in citizen's clothing

Some of the citizens who want to run as independent candidates in the upcoming 2018 General Elections have already figured out how to gather the signatures they need through the National Electoral Institute's app. Such is the case of former independent local deputy, Pedro Kumamoto, who is running for Senator. Our sources say Kumamoto has more signatures now than many who want to run for president, like María de Jesús Patricio, Armando Ríos Piter, and Pedro Ferriz de Con. We cannot forget Kumamoto can only gather signatures in Jalisco – unlike the presidential candidates. Given this Senator candidate nominee has no more economic resources than those who are currently interested in contending for the Presidency, his success can only be attributed to a better strategy. We have been told his secret lies in that he has defined which sector of the population he's aiming for and that he has worked with a focused team of assistants. Could it also be that unlike others, Mr. Kumamoto is perceived as a true citizen's candidate and not a politician in citizen's clothing?

AMLO's recruitment

On his race to 2018, the national leader of the National Regeneration Party (MORENA) Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) took some time this weekend to enroll in his ranks none other than Antonio Pérez, the father of Sergio Checo, F1 driver. We ignore the top speed of the father, who AMLO appointed as one of the representatives of MORENA in Jalisco, but Mr. López Obrador said: “This is one is better than the son.” AMLO has been recruiting people related to sports, such as retired athlete Ana Gabriela Guevara, the former coach of the Mexican football team Las Chivas, Diego Mercado Marín, Adrián Titán from the Dodgers, and former baseball player Fernando Pulpo Remes.


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