The first candidate to lose a hand to Bronco?
Jaime Rodríguez Calderón (El Bronco) - File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

The first candidate to lose a hand to Bronco?

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Yesterday in León, Guanajuato, independent presidential candidate Jaime Rodríguez Calderón (El Bronco) celebrated that Diego Sinhué Rodríguez, candidate of the PAN-PRD-MC alliance to Governor of Guanajuato, copied two of his ideas: open militarized high schools and make his telephone number public to receive WhatsApp messages. “This means I'm the best candidate, I'm going to send him a 'wasap' for being a cheat but if Diego is copying me it's because those proposals are good for Guanajuato and the proposals of Anaya aren't good for the state. See it for yourselves, I'm better than Anaya because his candidate to governor says so.” We were told, jokingly, that we should hope El Bronco decides to spare Sinhué's hands despite stealing his ideas.

AMLO gives a slap on the wrist

In yesterday's tour, the presidential candidate of the coalition led by the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), took the opportunity to slap several of his candidates on the wrist and urged them to wear their shoes out. Mr. Andrés Manuel scolded his candidates in the State of Mexico, in front of his son and coordinator José Ramón López, because they are quite “pale” for not going out and campaign. Although López Obrador didn't say so, several voices within the MORENA acknowledge that several of their candidates trust the “AMLO effect” will carry them to the top, with little effort on their part. And although they claim the probability of this is high, some of them could be in for a surprise for not wearing their shoes out.

Meade's metamorphosis

From a citizen candidate to the presidential candidate donning the colors of the center-right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). José Antonio Meade, our sources confess, is in the same “wavelength” of the PRI and now that he's wearing the colors green, white, and red, he is perceived as the one and only candidate of the party. We're told that in order to record the metamorphosis of Mr. Pepe, image strategists appointed two production teams that follow him everywhere to record his movements among the PRI sympathizers to then issue advertisements. Other changes of his campaign, according to our sources, are visible since Wednesday, when singers and bands appeared on stage to liven up the crowds before the arrival of the candidate. We're told that the leaders of the party slammed a fist in the table: “You want to pick up? Then you have to go for it.” Did the metamorphosis of Mr. Pepe Toño arrive on time?

Don't do me any favors, cousin

We're told that something that left some sympathizers of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) dumbfounded, mainly those who support independent presidential candidate Margarita Zavala, was the call her cousin, Mariana Gómez del Campo, asking Zavala sympathizers to support and vote for Ricardo Anaya, the presidential candidate of the coalition “For Mexico to the Front,” stating that he was the only one capable of defeating Andrés Manuel López Obrador. She asked the same to the sympathizers of José Antonio Meade, Jaime Rodríguez, and even those of Obrador himself, claiming the doors are open.


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