Mauricio Macri continues to move as a candidate. From giving an interview in which he reviewed the entire internal PRO for the presidency, he went on to head a seminar called “From the candidacy to the management”, where he sought to convey to candidates for mayor his experience of eight years as head of government and four as president (minus the re-election he did not have). Macri showed himself in his sauce: giving advice from a place of legitimacy in which he put himself. Although his allies avoided talking about his statements about the internal, He left several proposals such as that Horacio Rodríguez Larreta is “very dialoguist” or that María Eugenia Vidal is “understanding how to be more firm”. Despite the fact that in that report he played to show himself as a kind of great voter, nothing indicates that he has ruled out being a candidate himself.
The former president, blackboard and marker in hand, began to teach how to govern. He did not dwell on details such as the mechanics for a currency run or how to request debt from the IMF, his class ran more along the rails of a motivational talk for future PRO mayors. He said, then, for example: “The value of a mayor lies in his ability to transform, especially in those municipalities with a lot of backwardness. And this includes basic transformations like people turning on the faucet and drinking water coming out.”
Or, at another point in his master class: “You are public servants. They have to be there for the citizens, serve them when they need them. And deal with the truth, even if it’s harsh. There is no learning when the lie governs us”.
Or finally: “Always remember who gave you power and for what. Never stop seeing reality through the eyes of the people. Power is a wonderful thing to transform. But power, and this is what we are seeing in Argentina, can corrupt them if they are not clear about who they are”.
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Instead, his passage the day before by The Nation+ -medium that Macri denies owning- He left many questions about the internal of the PRO.
When asked about the presidential candidates, Macri did not include himself (he continues to play the mystery) and instead mentioned Larreta, Vidal and Patricia Bullrich. The president of the PRO was the only one to whom he did not dedicate a subtle criticism: “The three of the PRO, Patricia, Horacio and María Eugenia, have stood up very well. They are better than a year ago. Horacio is better at what he wants to do even though he is very dialoguist. Patricia is becoming more solid and expanding her topics, not only security. Y María Eugenia touring the country and understanding how to negotiate and be more firm she with the intendants and I with the governors”.
Macri’s paternalistic tone does not fail to show that he sees the three of them as lesser versions of what he could be, leaders who are still learning. Larreta’s environment finds these types of statements irritating –that they will never respond– and, above all, that Macri continues to play not to say whether or not he intends to be a candidate. The head of government himself, with whom he speaks at least twice a week, does not tell him anything about his plans for 2023.
What Macri did whitewash in that interview was what his move will be in the City of Buenos Aires, the great bastion of the PRO from 2008 to today. He assured that he will support his cousin Jorge Macri to succeed Larreta. The head of government has not yet decided if he will seal an agreement with his government minister to be his candidate or if he will promote some of the other options he has: the Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña, or the Minister of Health, Fernán Quirós. The possibility that the candidate is Vidal has been moving away more and more.
If Larreta decides to go for one of the other alternatives, Macri’s candidate, who bears the same surname, will collide in the Buenos Aires PASO with Larreta’s.
Macri, finally, and following his ecumenical spirit, mentioned a long list of candidates for governor for the province of Buenos Aires. He said they have “many candidates to win: in addition to Ritondo and Santilli there are De la Torre, Iguacel and Grindetti.”
As he did at the lunch in which Larreta and Bullrich collided due to the latter’s criticism of CFK’s removal from the fences, here too Macri chose not to position himself in favor of anyone (in that meeting, while reproaches were exchanged, the former president only managed to say that it was good to hear the positions of each one).
It is known that Diego Santilli is Larreta’s candidate, while Cristian Ritondo refers to Vidal and is forging an alliance with the mayor of Lanús, Néstor Grindetti. Until now, Iguacel is Patricia Bullrich’s candidate, although Macri added an ally of the PRO president to that list: Joaquín de la Torre.
As you can see, Macri was not played by anyone.