Monday, July 11, 2011

How the left may lose Michoacán: PT presents own candidate

Bad news for left unity in Michoacán, and for the upcoming (November) gubernatorial elections:
The Partido del Trabajo (PT), the Workers Party that pretends to present itself as more radical leftwing alternative to the PRD, announced it would field its own candidate for governor, Jorge Cázares of the CNTE "alternative" teachers union, as the PRD candidate Silvano Aureoles represents "the right within the left."

I hardly believe it is an exercise in leftwing sectarianism; that would presume that PT actually have political ideals. Rather, the party is likely seeking some electoral payoff from the PRD in exchange for joining its coalition.

The PT's presence in the state is very small, and of course has no chance of winning, yet in a tight election, which the coming one is likely to be, should the PT go alone this may be enough to sink the PRD candidate.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas have already said they will campaign in Michoacán for Senator Aureoles. All we need now is AMLO arriving in Michoacán to back Cázares.

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