The appointment of the governors to the legislators of Together for Change for a summit of the German Riding Club, in Palermo, did not have the harmony that many expected.
The ten provincial governors who will take office on December 10 had summoned the elected deputies and senators to agree on a message of unity in the face of the government of Javier Milei.
It was promulgated, in a sort of press conference that was held after the summit, although in the intimacy of the meeting there were crosses, chicanes and more than one criticism for how some personal positions of leaders who support the president-elect are communicated from the agreement between the hard PRO and Libertad Avanza. and others who stand in front of him from the place of opposition.
However, there ended up being a consensus that Together for Change "will not co-govern" with Milei and that in any case each leader will have the freedom to express his or her own position on the presidency of the libertarian leader.
But there was a sense that a rift had opened up for the future between legislators and governors. So much so that the final communiqué was signed only by the governors present and not by all the members of the summit. In addition, there was no joint photo and only particular reflections to the press by some of the attendees.
The governors of Together for Change, with legislators closely following their words.
The two who left before and the lack of the CC
One of the first signs that the meeting had not had the level of coincidence that was expected was that Miguel Pichetto and Luis Juez, two important figures in the House of Representatives and Senators, left early. Pichetto advised that he had another meeting and was arriving late and Judge did not directly give the reasons.
The other confirmation that the announced agreement was not total was that the Civic Coalition did not send representatives to the summit. Although Elisa Carrió said before Milei's triumph that they were re-establishing themselves as a single party and leaving Juntos por el Cambio, it was expected that the governors would summon a representative.
That didn't happen and the CC decided not to go around arguing that the summit was a mess and, in the words of a party source, in no way "we're going to feign insanity with what's going on." The allusion, clearly, is that they will never be part of a government of Javier Milei that includes Together for Change.
Luis Juez left before the meeting concluded.
Comings and goings with Ritondo in the Chamber of Deputies
One of the main protagonists of the meeting, in the front row, was Cristian Ritondo, candidate to occupy the presidency of the Chamber of Deputies in the new government of Milei, with whom the former Minister of Security of Buenos Aires is well attuned.
Ritondo would have shown some annoyance because the issue was hardly discussed and because the legislators took the discussion, as in recent days, to the proposal they make to the Nation to reimburse them co-participating funds of VAT and Profits that were reduced by the Minister of Economy Sergio Massa.
"It's Together for the funds, not Together for Change," a source told Clarín, referring to the presidents' repeated call for more resources. Fromthe governors' sector they believe that moves such as Macri's to impose Ritondo in the presidency of the lower house go against the idea of being the opposition that the rest want.
But there are also those who publicly expressed their support for Milei, such as Diego Santilli. "We have to give our support to the President, society elected him resoundingly. We have to support the transformations that have been discussed for decades to end inflation and insecurity, to be able to live in peace and tranquility and for our country to grow," said the national deputy and former pre-candidate for governor of Buenos Aires.
Diego Santilli was present in Palermo.
The message of unity that the governors sent down
Even in a less friendly context than imagined, because they did not get the signature of the legislators, the governors managed to move forward with the message of unity they wanted after the Palermo meeting, which was hosted by Jorge Macri.
In it, they admitted that there was no unanimity in what was decided. "We want to be very clear: Our first goal is unity. That is why we prioritize our vocation for unity, which is not unanimity of opinion in all cases. We are convinced that this is the only path that will make us strong," they said in the text released to the media.
Seeking to lower internal tensions, they also clarified: "We do not co-govern. But it's good that some leaders who want to help do so, because it's better to have a solid government with good leaders than a weak government. But that doesn't commit or bind us as guarantors."
They added that "that is the place that society assigned to us: that of responsible accompaniment to a national government elected by a majority." At the same time, they concluded, along these lines: "the fundamental premise is the unity of Together for Change, because the alternative will otherwise be Kirchnerism."
And only the governors-elect signed the text: Jorge Macri (Buenos Aires), Maximiliano Pullaro (Santa Fe), Rogelio Frigerio (Entre Ríos), Ignacio Torres (Chubut), Marcelo Orrego (San Juan), Claudio Poggi (San Luis), Carlos Sadir (Jujuy), Leandro Zdero (Chaco), Alfredo Cornejo (Mendoza) and Gustavo Valdés (Corrientes).