While the national PAN at times is appearing to be disintegrating, witnessed both in the mess that is Josefina Vázquez Mota's presidential campaign, and the extremely dirty selection process for its legislative candidates, it also bears noting that since February, two PAN mayors have been arrested for their ties to the narcos and organized crime:
- Mauricio Herrera Fernández, mayor of Las Minas in Verarcruz, was arrested in an army checkpoint in Puebla with guns and drugs on Feb. 27.
On April 18, Martín Padua Zúñiga, also a Veracruz mayor in Chinameca was arrested with members of the Zetas, after a shoot out with the army.
PAN, of course, fully distanced itself from the mayor, claiming he was not even a member of the party, which appears to be a false claim.
It's been a long time since PAN's "clean hands" image was debased, and while this could of course happen in any party, it is notable that both mayors were panistas, especially given Calderón's full frontal assault on the narcos.