Two weeks after asking Javier Milei to pardon him in the case for which he is detained in Córdoba, Leonardo Cositorto renewed his candidacy to be part of the government of La Libertad Avanza. Now, from prison, the owner of Generación Zoe offered to work in the Federal Penitentiary Service. "This is a school for delinquents," he said.
"Let's talk about what's coming in Argentina from Monday," Cositorto proposed in the column he periodically writes on El Mundo radio behind bars.
Until then, he had fired criticism at prosecutors and judges, in addition to questioning one of his lawyers, the media personality Miguel Ángel Pierri. "When the time comes, if he doesn't fulfill the promises he made, that he doesn't even come to see me, he will have to be held accountable at the Bar Association," he objected.
But at the end of his speech he spoke about the future of the country. And of his personal future.
I offer my services to Milei again, totally ad honorem. If you want to have a coach in any of the areas. You can put me, if you like, in the prisons, to visit you and supervise your prisons. Ad honorem. So that young people receive what they have to receive and are trained and recovered, and can be reintegrated into society," he was quick to propose.
Leonardo Cositorto was even encouraged to apply for Economics. Photo: Facebook
"Because," said the owner of the coaching school, "this is a school for delinquents."
It didn't stop there. He showed intentions of joining Luis Petri's team or Mariano Cúneo Libarona's team. And he even dared to accompany Luis Caputo. "I know something about economics," he explained.
"I don't have any problems. He wants to put me in Defense, I'm going to Defense; in Justice, to Justice; he wants to put me in economics, that I know something about economics, not because I went to Harvard but because in 53 years I became a millionaire three times, and not with scams and stupidity," Cositorto continued.
Leonardo Cositorto was arrested in the Dominican Republic. He remains in prison.
The businessman has been imprisoned in Villa María since April 2022, after he was captured in the Dominican Republic when he had been on the run for a month and was still teaching virtual courses.
Justice in four provinces - Córdoba, Salta, Santa Fe and Corrientes - accuses him of leading an illicit association that launched a Ponzi scheme that generated a scam of at least 120 million dollars. He seduced with promising ventures in cryptocurrencies, virtual reality metaverses, the project of a gated community, buying and selling cars and even a hamburger restaurant.
This Thursday, in his radio column, he delivered an economic balance sheet as a free sample of his possible ad honorem collaboration in the Treasury.
"Argentina is all divided. Well, you have to put it together. It is a moment of unity, of faith, of an economic plan that can balance this very complex economy," he began.
"On Monday a devaluation is coming, this Thursday we already saw a little dot, and that devaluation is going to make all values rise. We're going to have a minimum inflation of 50 percent in the next one, two, three months. What people pay today 5,7, 8,<> or <>,<> will pay off," Cositorto said.
And he was emboldened: "They have to settle the debt in pesos of the Leliqs. If you want, we can talk about numbers, I'll dictate everything to you in one minute."
Cositorto Doesn't Like Milei's Cabinet: "It Smells A Lot Like Menemism"
But then the driver preferred to ask his opinion about the cabinet that Milei formed. The response of the founder of Generation Zoe was not so auspicious for the libertarian. And he even slipped suspicions of competition against him.
Leonardo Cositorto is imprisoned in Cordoba. Photo: Javier Cortéz
"They put a person with two years of political experience, the same as Milei," he said of Martin Menem at the head of the Chamber of Deputies.
And he added: "It's the time of experience that I could have, the only thing that when they saw the exponential growth we were having, because the very face of the lion is ours, they infiltrated us from all sides, we supported them. I don't mince words: we supported some people from La Libertad Avanza who were candidates for councillors."
Regarding the members of the cabinet, he was categorical: "I don't like the cabinet. You're going to take all the steps you need to take. It smells a lot like Menemism to me."
Although he hailed the 1990s as "the best government of the last four decades," he laid out their differences.
"They are putting in people from the Menem regime, even with Cavallo as an advisor, but some of them are already out of fashion. It remains to be seen if they manage to build trust. Argentina works with confidence, otherwise the people who have money don't put it anywhere," he completed his assessment.
In the end, he doubled down on his request for a review of the process that has him behind bars and also reiterated his offer.
"I ask Milei to investigate. And I'm ad honorem for him to join me as a coach in any area he wants, ad honorem, to help. I'm going to get into politics anyway; If he doesn't want to call me, don't call me," he concluded.