José Luis Martínez-Almeida does not want to “fan the debate” now that the tension between Isabel Diaz Ayuso and the national leadership of the Popular Party is at its peak. The mayor of the capital has avoided answering the question about whether he will stand as a candidate to preside over the PP of Madrid in the interview granted this Wednesday to the program Better late de La Sexta, and has limited himself to pointing out that “he will not make statements” until the regional congress of his party is held, in 2022.
“Within nine months is the congress,” recalled the also national spokesman of the PP, who has indicated that, therefore, “I am not going to be talking about this issue for nine months.” And it says nine months because it does not contemplate an overtaking, as requested by its hypothetical competitor: “Procedures and deadlines are important. If there are no reasons to advise it, you have to comply with them.”
The only thing that has slipped with respect to the controversy that shakes the Popular Party internally is that it seems “very reasonable” that Ayuso wants to run for the presidency of the Madrid PP, making that position compatible with the management of the Community of Madrid, as he did in Your day Hope Aguirre.
🔴 We already welcome to the set @AlmeidaPP_: “It seems very reasonable to me that Ayuso wants to run for the Madrid PP presidency; there are nine months left and I will not be talking about this issue for nine months.” ▶ https://t.co/IQu8U7OsOn pic.twitter.com/bIuC6TMAZh
– Better Late (@MVTARDE) September 15, 2021
The former president of Madrid, precisely, has been in the news this week for an interview with The world in which he supported Díaz Ayuso as a candidate and stated that in Genoa there are “little children trying to intoxicate and talking nonsense.” “She is a friend of mine and I have deep respect for her,” the mayor has sentenced.
This is how Almeida has once again shaken the pressure of Genoa, because we must not forget that it was his own Pablo Casado who nominated him as a candidate to preside over the PP of Madrid, although it seems that the mayor does not want to know absolutely anything about the matter.
He made it clear this Tuesday in Public mirror, when he said that “citizens do not understand that we are now involved in internal fights” and stressed his “good harmony” with the president of Madrid.
In conversation with EL ESPAÑOL, sources close to the Madrid councilor point out that confronting Ayuso is something “totally suicidal” and that “party fights” are things that “bore” him. Thus, while Almeida stands out more and more clearly from the presidency of the PP in Madrid, Ayuso does not stop fueling his desire: “I am a woman. I can do two things at the same time.”