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Lázaro Cárdenas Batel has passed from a proposed name to a real possibility for national leadership of the PRD. The opposition to the “chuchos,” named after the current PRD president Jesús “Chucho” Ortega, have lobbied with the party’s governors and national leadership to pressure Ortega to leave his post in March.
The PRD mayor of Mexico City, Marcel Ebrard, the governor of Michoacán, Leonel Godoy, and Cárdenas father, Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, have expressed their support. In the next few hours the opposition group will meet with Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss his opinion.
Win: without a doubt, the PAN-PRD alliance. They picked up three governorships (Oaxaca, Puebla, and Sinaloa) that would have never been one by either party alone. They were in it in Durango and garnered admirable numbers in Hidalgo. The only failure was Quintano Roo, and theree, as was said on Friday, to many events transpired to do a solely electoral analysis.
Win: César Nava y Jesús Ortega–no one will remove them from their posts. They can hold their heads up as winners.
Win: despite the defeats, Beatriz Paredes. Nine governorships in one day is a triumph anywhere.
Win: Fidel Herrera. And he becomes a solid potential candidate to head the PRI.
Win: Xóchitl Gálvez, perhaps the first authentic citizen candidate to hold her own against the giants. She has a future ahead of her.
Win: Manuel Camacho–his first sound victory in decades. And he leaves his mark as a strategist.
Win: Something very, very strange in Tamaulipas.
Lose: The two most questioned governors in Mexico–Ulises Ruiz and Mario Marín. No one will cry for them.
Lose: Amalia García, in a thrashing.
Lose: Miguel Ángel Yunes, who was left with no option other than discrediting half the world. And, unfortunately, Dante Delgado also lost.
Lose: Zacatecan monrealismo. The triumph of Amalia and the PRD was avoided, but, as with the PT a year ago, it comes at a price.
Lose: Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The Chuchos will remain in control of the PRD. His influence won’t be felt before July, 2011.
Lose: Enrique Peña Nieto. The alliances, in spite of everything, worked. Now they are coming after him.
Lose: President Calderón. His image as one who intervenes in elections is ingrained. Bad news for the country.
The PRD celebrates its 20th anniversary with its national headquarters closed (because employees tested positive for H1N1), the party split into two divided factions, and in third place in polls for the upcoming elections. Five months after assuming leadership of the party, Jesús Ortega continues to energetically pursue his strategic reunification plan to reincorporate supporters of the defeated candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the 2006 elections.
In the most recent El Universal poll from March 3, the PRD had the support 12.2% of voters, compared with the 30.3% for the PRI and 27.4% for the PAN
The Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) will ask citizens on television for forgiveness for its internal conflict, having extended for more than eight months.
This week the PRD will begin transmitting four TV spots. The first two will refer to the results achieved by the energy reform. In another, different party leaders will appear offering their apologies to citizens, which marks the beginning of its image change and repositioning in view of the 2009 elections.
The PAN and PRD delegations in Congress reiterated their willingness to debate a law allowing the death penalty for kidnappers who kill their victims. However, they added that the proposal by the Coahuila governor, Humberto Moreira, would not pass.
The national PRD leader, Jesús Ortega, accused the PRI of using the proposal as an electoral strategy, suggesting the PRI is manipulating fears about the drug war.
Five days after handing over the presidency of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) to Jesús Ortega, Guadalupe Acosta accused Andrés Manuel López Obrador of encouraging a climate of hate in the PRD and completely dismissing those who do not think like him.