Candidates from different spectrums, president and former president prioritize the election of deputies and senators in next year’s election
Likely opponents at the polls in 2022, the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the president Jair Bolsonaro have a common political strategy for next year’s election. The two candidates prioritize the election of allies for the National Congress and leave candidacies for state governments in the background. The strategy has as a backdrop the intention to increase governability and reduce dependence on other subtitles as of January 1, 2023.
As Young Pan showed, the focus on the election of federal deputies and senators was the main subject of Lula’s meeting with the PT bench. The meeting took place on Monday, 4, at a hotel in Brasília. With 53 federal deputies, the acronym has the largest bench in the Chamber of Deputies, but the expectation is to elect 80 to 100 congressmen in next year’s election. At the Senate, the legend is represented by six members – two of them, Humberto Costa (PE) and Rogério Carvalho (SE), are part of the CPI of Covid-19. The party has not yet set a goal for the Senate, but two PT governors enter the dispute as favorites: Camilo Santana (Ceará) and Wellington Dias (Piauí). The legend also supports the candidacies of Flávio Dino (Maranhão) and Paulo Câmara (Pernambuco), affiliated with the PSB.
In August of this year, Bolsonaro made a public statement on this matter. In an interview with Rádio Jornal de Pernambuco, the head of the federal Executive said verbatim that the election of governors “would remain in the background”. “If I run for the election, I’m interested in a bench of federal deputies and senators. Interested governor? It matters, but it would be in the background. Also because so far I have not been able to find a party to say that we are going to contest the elections. This is our commitment, I leave the state government to the background”, he said.
The Pocketist strategy has a peculiarity. Interest in electing senators has increased in recent months. In addition to Covid-19’s CPI, set up to investigate the actions and omissions of the federal government in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate has become a field of resistance to expensive proposals or nominations for the Planalto. This is the case, for example, of the appointment of former attorney-general of the Union André Mendonça to the Federal Supreme Court (STF). Chosen by the President of the Republic on July 13, the “terribly evangelical” name has been in the drawer of Senator Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP), president of the House’s Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ), for almost three months. The carte blanche to choose candidates for the Upper House of Congress, by the way, is one of the PTB’s trump cards in the attempt to affiliate Bolsonaro – in a meeting in the penultimate week of September, businessman Otávio Fakhoury, president of the party in the São Paulo directory , told senator Flávio Bolsonaro (Patriota-RJ) that the acronym will give his father the prerogative to choose the 27 candidates.
At least six government ministers are targeting the Senate in 2022. They are: Fábio Faria, from Communications; Tereza Cristina, from Agriculture; Gilson Machado, from Tourism; Tarcisio de Freitas, from Infrastructure; Rogério Marinho, from Regional Development; and Flávia Arruda, from the Secretary of Government. Vice President Hamilton Mourão is also expected to launch his candidacy for the House. Former Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello may run for Rio de Janeiro, while former Manaus Free Trade Zone superintendent Colonel Menezes will run for the State of Amazonas. Candidates from opposite political spectrums, Lula and Bolsonaro diverge on economy, education, culture and many other subjects. But, just over a year before the elections, they decided to adopt a common electoral strategy.