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The internal one burns in Santa Fe and in Together for Change worry that the fights escalate


Highlights: Carolina Losada is running against Maximiliano Pullaro for governor of Santa Fe. Pullaro is the former Minister of Security of the province. Losada has denounced a "dirty campaign" against her and sowed suspicions about financing. Alarm over disputes over other districts, especially in the province of Buenos Aires, has raised questions about the future of the PASO. The dispute is also raised between Diego Nilli and Santilli Grindetti, part of the ongoing negotiations in the municipalities of Larreta and Patricia Bullrich.

I am not the candidate of drug trafficking, Carolina Losada pointed out to the radical Maximiliano Pullaro, one of her competitors in the PASO. Alarm over disputes over other districts.

A month and a half before the primaries for governor of Santa Fe, the internal dispute in Together for Change escalated with Carolina Losada's strong questioning of Maximiliano Pullaro, one of her competitors, in a conflict with unpredictable derivations.

The crossing caused so much impact that, in the last hours, referents of the space pointed it out to warn about the possible consequences of the duels for the presidential candidacy and in other districts, especially in the province of Buenos Aires.

"Common sense tells you that the one who has already failed better stay at home or do something else. There is a candidate who was Minister of Security who has a lot to explain about what he did at the time. Today he washes his face and tells you what to do when he didn't," Losada dedicated to Pullaro in an interview in TN.

The senator first referred to the position of the current provincial legislator during the administration of Miguel Lifschitz and then pointed directly to him with name and surname. "I am not the candidate of drug trafficking," she lashed out, in a preview of the tone that the campaign will have in Santa Fe.

Losada extended criticism to Martin Lousteau, Pullaro's national reference and his colleague in the Senate. "Her political boss is the one who taught Cristina about economics, the one who generated (resolution) 125. He failed in economics, his disciple fails in security, the two wash their faces and return to the court. Stop lying," he said.

Maximiliano Pullaro, former Minister of Security of Santa Fe and pre-candidate for governor. Photo: Juan José García.

The former ambassador to Washington avoided answering him, and limited himself to supporting Pullaro. Fellow members of the radical bloc in the Senate, Losada succeeded Lousteau as vice president of the House and have virtually no relationship in Congress.

Pullaro's response

"What Losada does doesn't work. The people are not asking us to show our differences but to work together to defeat Kirchnerism in the province and in the national order. And that's what I'm focused on," Pullaro sought to tone down the controversy.

Emiliano Yacobitti, Lousteau's partner, came out stronger to cross to Losada. "What a pity that, in the face of the decline in the polls, he lies and attacks inventing suspicions about terrible issues," tweeted the radical deputy, asking him to "reconsider and abandon verbal violence."

And he threw some darts: "Maxi lives in Santa Fe, he knows the problems of the province (...) Let him use all his energy to train and generate proposals that replace the bombastic phrases that only destroy citizen trust."

To reinforce his criticism of Pullaro, Losada also pointed to the former security minister's wiretapping of a former commissioner: "They are people who have always been dark. There are audios that they cannot explain, where they accommodate police officers who end up imprisoned for drug trafficking."

Denunciation of "dirty campaign"

The gubernatorial candidate – in the July 16 primaries she will compete within United to Change Santa Fe against Pullaro and socialist Monica Fein – denounced a "dirty campaign" against her and sowed suspicions about financing.

"In Rosario you open a search engine and the first thing that appears is my negative publicity. Millions and millions of pesos put there. Where does that guide come from? It would be good to explain himself," Losada complained in reference to notices and videos that refer to the fact that he does not live in Santa Fe, his lack of management experience and the appointment of his sister Georgina in the Senate.

Carolina Losada and Maximiliano Pullaro, with Mauricio Macri during the former president's visit to Rosario in March.

In his team they attribute it to their internal rival and not to Peronism. "A lot of money is being put into trying to discredit me, because they want to continue with their businesses," Losada bellowed. Like Yacobitti, on Pullaro's side they alluded to a supposed advantage in the polls as the reason for the questions.

The escalation of tension and crossings set off alarms in Together for Change beyond the geography of Santa Fe. "If that's how they are there, how will the intern be in the province of Buenos Aires? That also ends badly," warned one of the PRO leaders with the purpose of moderating the competition between Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Patricia Bullrich in the country's main electoral district.

At the moment the Buenos Aires dispute is raised between Diego Santilli and Néstor Grindetti, although the scheme in the municipalities is part of the ongoing negotiations. It also remains to be defined if there will be agreement on the lists of legislators or if each pre-candidate for president will take his candidates to senators and deputies.

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Source: clarin

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