El gobernador Francisco Paco Pérez arremetió contra Florencio Randazzo, se mostró dispuesto a ser el candidato a vicepresidente de Daniel Scioli y cuestionó insólitamente a Mauricio Macri por una situación que podría ser análoga a la suya: "Si Macri no ha sido capaz de controlar a los candidatos en su propia interna para las PASO, no podrá gobernar la Argentina".
El mandatario que no logró la unidad de su partido en la provincia que gobierna y en la que tres sectores disputan su sillón, se mostró como "vicepresidenciable", e hizo un relato de su "historia política". Le dijo a una de las cadenas de noticias más influyentes del mundo en materia económica y política: "No tengo ninguna pretensión, tengo más de 30 años en carrera política; si puedo ser útil en el proyecto que conduce Daniel Scioli desde el Ejecutivo, será como legislador o desde afuera, con funciones político territoriales". Pérez no dejó en firme su candidatura al Congreso.
Criticó a Randazzo: "No tiene casi ningún apoyo fuera de la Capital Federal", dijo. Acusó a Julio Cobos y Ernesto Sanz, tanto como a Elisa Carrió de ser parte de "una ensalada sin sustento ideológico" alrededor de Macri. "No pueden conformar ni un equipo de fútbol", fue la expresión del gobernador a Bloomberg.
Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli will seek to be a presidential candidate this year with or without the blessing of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, his ally and counterpart in Mendoza said.
Scioli, 58, is the best-prepared candidate to run Argentina after serving two terms as governor of the countrys most populous province, Francisco Perez, governor of Mendoza province, said in an interview. Another potential pro-government candidate, Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo, has almost no support outside the capital, he said. Fernandez, who isnt eligible to run again, hasnt publicly endorsed anyone.
Its a possibility, its her political decision, I dont know what will happen, Perez said about whether Fernandez will tap Scioli as her main candidate ahead of the ruling alliances primaries in August. Hes expressed to me his strength and determination to continue regardless and hes been preparing for a long time.
The October presidential election will mark the end of 13 years of rule by the Kirchner family after Fernandez succeeded her husband, Nestor Kirchner, in 2007. More than a decade of growth in South Americas second-biggest economy has stalled amid a myriad of currency exchange rates due to capital controls and an inflation rate above 20 percent. Scioli, who was vice president under Kirchner, would return to a single exchange rate for the peso and work to slow inflation by promoting investment, Perez said.
Weve come off years of transformations and growth but in the past two years, due to international and domestic economic factors, weve plateaued, Perez, 47, said in his Mendoza office. I personally think there are too many candidates in the primaries.
Officials in Randazzos press office didnt respond to calls and e-mails from Bloomberg News seeking comment. Scioli press officials didnt respond to a telephone message or e-mail seeking comment.
Perez, who has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate for Scioli, said he has no specific aspirations after his term as governor ends this year beyond helping Scioli. Perez spoke after the provinces annual wine harvest festival, which drew 40,000 visitors to the arid region bordering Chile.
Mendozas streets were full of orange billboards and propaganda with Sciolis name on them during the harvest festival last weekend, including ads from Sciolis Buenos Aires regional government. Scioli rode with Perez on a float in the parade.
Mendoza will hold its elections for governor in June, four months before the national elections on Oct. 25.
In a national survey by Raul Aragon & Asociados asking voters who they would pick in a presidential primary, Scioli led Randazzo among likely ruling-party candidates with 13.2 percent compared with 8.3 percent. The survey of 3,000 people was published March 3 and had a margin of error of 1.8 percentage points.
In recent months Fernandez, 62, has appeared with Randazzo at events to inaugurate train cars brought from China while Scioli has attended her events on stage in Buenos Aires province.
Randazzo has criticized his political adversaries and it hasnt worked for him, Perez said. His popularity is practically nonexistent in the interior of the country.
Mauricio Macri, the opposition mayor of Buenos Aires city who has led recent opinion polls for the first time, doesnt have the experience or nationwide alliances to run Argentina, Perez said. Officials in Macris press office didnt return calls and e-mails seeking comment on the race.
If Macri hasnt been able to control the candidates in his own internal primaries in the party, how is he going to run Argentina? he said. There will be constant social conflicts if he wins.