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PRD wants “Lalo” Salazar

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The PRD wants “Lalo” Salazar

The left Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) is seeking to have journalist Eduardo Salazar as their candidate to head of the Coyoacán borough in Mexico City. We're told that in different surveys and polls, Salazar is doing quite well and is seen very favorably by the people, which is why he has been offered to be the candidate for the PRD-PAN-MC coalition. Mr. Eduardo rose to fame for his work as a helicopter reporter, broadcasting for Televisa, and then he covered – for the same news outlet – the war of Irak; Salazar is, in addition, editor in chief of the newspaper 24-Horas. The borough, currently governed by the PRD has been under the spotlight several times for corruption scandals, and its current local deputy, main political leader, and former head of the borough, Mauricio Toledo, has been accused several times of inconsistencies. Thus, given such bad reputation, they are seeking the support of a journalist who can help them keep the borough.

AMLO's open wallet

A few days ago we told you it was likely that to the names of Margarita Zavala and Javier Lozano we would have to add that of a prominent senator of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), and yesterday it was confirmed that Gabriela Cuevas has left the party to join the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) and the project of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). We're told that even if all resignations have been painful for the PAN, the departure of Ms. Gabriela was even more so as she has joined AMLO's political forces. Our sources say we still have to wait and see if Cuevas manages to convince other PAN members to join her in MORENA, taking advantage that López Obrador has opened the wallet of candidacies – not only yesterday did he added the Senator to his team, but also the Mayor of Cuernavaca, Cuauhtémoc Blanco, who will most certainly be the MORENA candidate for Governor of Morelos.

Independent candidates, little transparency

Our sources say the National Electoral Institute (INE) chaired by councilor Lorenzo Córdova, will provide another report on the income and expenses reported by the independent candidates. It turns out that the aspiring candidates who are seeking to run without being affiliated to a party are, in general – there are very few rare exceptions – less transparent than the ones backed by a party. Our of all the affiliated aspiring candidates, 35% have failed to report their income or expenses. Yet 55.7% of the independent candidates are in the same situation – although many of them only gathered the signatures of friends and family...or even less than that.

PANAL rejects its origins

At all costs, the members of the center-right New Alliance Party (PANAL) want to avoid to be called “PANAL.” Our sources say they don't want the media to referer to them as “PANAL,” they want to be known in the public opinion as “New Alliance” or by the initials “NA.” We're told this strategy is aimed at erasing all traces of the party's link to the teacher Elba Esther Gordillo, who gave birth to this political party with the collaboration of other teachers, and who, from the beginning, called it “PANAL.” Our sources explain that even if the task seems gigantic, they expect to succeed, especially now that they are allied with the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for the Presidential election. Will they make it?


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