As a way to show some point of agreement in the midst of the storm in which the PRO has been since the weekend, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Patricia Bullrich are willing to announce the arrival of economist José Luis Espert to Together for Change. The novelty could be known with two simultaneous posts on the social media accounts of the two candidates.
That announcement will serve Together for Change to alleviate the internal crisis that erupted when the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, and the president of the UCR, Jujuy Governor Gerardo Morales, revealed that they favor the arrival in the coalition of the governor of Córdoba Juan Schiaretti.
A long discussion by Espert
The entry of Espert into the opposition coalition began to be debated this past summer, but it was blocked when Bullrich said that it was a move by his internal rival, Rodríguez Larreta, to harm her by introducing a rival with a profile similar to hers in the internal competition for the presidential candidacy.
The agreement for the entry of Espert follows the understanding to enable the arrival of Margarita Stolbizer to Together for Change. In his case, all that remains is to register that agreement with the Electoral Justice.
Espert will join the coalition. That has already been agreed. However, there is one difference that still persists. Bullrich does not want the economist to be a pre-candidate for president and Larreta insists that someone cannot be invited to join Together for Change and at the same time prohibited from seeking a candidacy.
José Luis Espert with Patricia Bullrich.
The negotiators, Eduardo Macchiavelli -for Larreta- and Juan Pablo Arenaza -for Bullrich- are working with the phones open every hour to close the last details of the agreement, or at least to be able to announce it without noticing the imperfections.
Clarín consulted both parties. "We are ending a dialogue. There was a lot of arrogance. The important thing is that in recent times the debates were sectorized. And we are discussing that," revealed a person very close to Bullrich, to say that Espert is being discussed but the fight for Schiaretti was left for later. In the vicinity of Larreta, for their part, they assured that "the agreement is very advanced" and that this progress puts on the table the need to expand Together for Change.
José Luis Espert with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
The problem for Schiaretti is still pending
This show of concord will serve Together for Change to clear the rumors of rupture that began to worry the leaders of the alliance since the differences between Rodríguez Larreta and the tandem formed by Bullrich with Mauricio Macri worsened. However, it will also make it clear that negotiations for the entry of Schiaretti remain deadlocked. In that field, Bullrich and Larreta concluded the same thing: neither of them plans to back down.
As things stand now, that difference over Schiaretti will be very difficult to resolve, and that is why Rodríguez Larreta's team anticipates that, even if the entry of the Cordovan is not approved with the necessary time to register the new alliance before the Electoral Justice on the 14th of this month, the Head of Government will maintain his speech on the need to expand Together for Change.
The head of government has a second possibility, if he registers Schiaretti as an "extra-partisan" running mate in the closing of candidacies on the 24th. This latest move, however, will bring him problems with his allies Gerardo Morales and Miguel Pichetto, who also want the vice presidential candidacy.
Rodriguez Larreta's plan, a man in his inner circle told this newspaper, is to "shake Juntos por el Cambio." "Patricia (Bullrich) and Mauricio (Macri) believe that they have already won and that is not the case. If we don't do something, it can go wrong. The advance of Milei harms us and they do not see it, "completed that official of the Buenos Aires Government.