Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Espino confirms he is "exploring" presidential bid.

As predicted, former PAN president Manuel Espino finally declared that he is "exploring" the possibility of being a candidate for the presidency in 2010 - on the PAN label. This declaration comes immediately ahead of today's vote in the party's National Executive Committee (CEN) on whether Espino should be expelled from the party, nominally given his criticism of certain recent PAN candidates, and the situation as such is rather remarkable. 

Espino claims to have created an organization with presence in 16 key states, composed of more than 60,000 sympathizers, yet repeats he will not resign from the PAN, and that the process that may lead to his expulsion is the product of pressure from president Felipe Calderón. Given the animosity that exists between the two men, I find it hard not to agree with this sentiment. 

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