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Jorge Macri puts pressure on Horacio Rodríguez Larreta: "He said he would support a PRO candidate, not Martín Lousteau"


In dialogue with Clarín, the minister maintained that there should only be one PRO candidate for the City.

In the race to the Buenos Aires succession.

Jorge Macri

has been on the list for more than a year, when he decided to leave the mayorship of Vicente López to, by agreement with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, assume as Minister of Government of the city of Buenos Aires.

But over time, Macri was joined by other names from the Larretista cabinet who want to reach the Head of Government this year.

In dialogue with


, he accepts the competition, but anticipates that there is only room for one PRO candidate in the PASO of Together for Change.

And more:

it puts pressure on Larreta, so that he does not support the radical Martín Lousteau, an ally of the Buenos Aires mayor


According to the minister, the head of government has already given his word that it will be so.

However, he fails to clear up internal doubts.

- Isn't it too much that there are four scored by the PRO in the succession of Rodríguez Larreta?

- It seems good to me that there is a wide competition, that many want to settle, as happens with Fernán Quirós, Soledad Acuña and Emmanuel Ferrario.

But it is clear that we have to reach the STEP with a single candidate, because radicalism will also do it, with Martín Lousteau.

We have the duty and responsibility to defend the legacy of Mauricio (Macri) and Horacio (Rodríguez Larreta) from the PRO.

It would be a great disappointment for our electorate if we go with two names from the same party.

- Did you present Rodríguez Larreta as a condition that he joined the government because he wanted to be head of government in 2023?

- From the first day I joined the Cabinet I was clear with Horacio and I told him that I want to be his successor in the City.

I want to defend it and consolidate an alternative from the PRO, that takes care of what has been done and that improves what needs to continue to be improved.

The City has to be a support for the next president, who will be someone from the PRO. 

- Did Rodríguez Larreta give you his endorsement from the beginning?

- First, he found it interesting to join his team.

He valued my contribution, the fact of bringing a look from the other side of General Paz.

And he supported me when I told him that he wanted to be the best PRO candidate for the City.

He told me that he seemed fine to him, that he had merit, history and sufficient capacity.

That is why I am here, because of his clear support, like the one expressed by Mauricio Macri, Diego Santilli and Patricia Bullrich, among others.

- If it is decided that the PRO candidate in the City is going to be someone else and not you.

Would it feel like a betrayal?

- It depends why.

If the objective conditions show that I am the best candidate, based on the comprehensive understanding of management that I have, the experience and firmness in the decisions that I have shown, and on top of that I do well in the polls, and they still want me impose another candidate, rather than get angry what I would say is "let's compete in a previous internal and let people decide who is the best candidate for the Pro".

- But you defend the idea of ​​going with a single candidate...

- For me the best thing is that a previous agreement is given, but if not it will be through an internal one.

Here there is no position or absolute vision, there cannot be a finger that decides the candidacies unfairly.

- Although he said that he will support a PRO candidate, he is not afraid that in pursuit of his national project Rodríguez Larreta ends up endorsing the candidacy of Martín Lousteau as head of government

- Horacio has already manifested himself, he said that he is going to support a PRO candidate, not Lousteau.

He does not worry me about the relationship he has with other leaders of Together for Change.

I also have links with them, like all of us who are part of the space.

His public position is the one that leaves me calm and satisfied. 

- How is the relationship with your cousin, Mauricio Macri?

- My relationship with Mauricio is very good.

Family-wise it always was, but in recent months we are going through the best moment of our political relationship.

He helps me a lot, contributing from the experience that he has from a leadership that is undoubted.

I talk to him a lot, I listen to him, and I feel that he takes me very seriously, that he values ​​my opinions.

- Did he and Patricia Bullrich support you more explicitly than Rodríguez Larreta?

- It's different, because Horacio is in management, he has a team behind to lead.

Also, not all of us define moments in life at the same time.

The fact that Mauricio and Patricia have demonstrated before does not force Horacio to have to do the same.

Clearly I am one of his candidates, with that he catches up with me.

Jorge Macri, Minister of Government and possible candidate for mayor of Buenos Aires.

- Do you regret the photo you took with Patricia Bullrich?

Did they challenge you internally?

- (Laughs) They haven't challenged me for a long time, my mother used to challenge me... They are political situations that one has to explain and know how to listen to the other's gaze.

We all have photos with members of the PRO and Together for Change.

Some gave more importance to that photo, but it was not the case of Horacio.

Perhaps there are others who do find it more difficult to understand the reality of our political space.

We must not lose sight of what people are saying: "Don't fight, be united and beat Kirchnerism."

- Do you see Macri as a candidate for President?

- Today I do not see Mauricio in an exercise of being a candidate.

He doesn't need to come back either because he never left.

Of all of us, he is the only one who has been president of the Nation, who held that position, who did it very well, who today can walk the street freely, who shares our ideas.

I am not the one who has to decide for him, I only describe that I see in him more an attitude of mentoring leadership than personal ambition to occupy a position.

- And Rodríguez Larreta and Bullrich?

Is there room for both in the inmate?

- I think there are three very clear candidates at the national level.

One is Horacio, the other is Patricia and there is also María Eugenia Vidal.

They are three very relevant leaders, who demonstrate Mauricio's ability to train valuable people, with experience and integrity to face the time ahead.

- Can't Vidal be a candidate for head of government in the City?

- I spoke with her a few days ago and I see her in a national role, touring the country, with that focus, very well positioned and after having rebuilt her bond with the people.

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Source: clarin

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