Ivonne Ortega Pacheco, former governor of Yucatan, although some may think less of her, has possibilities. And many.
Politics is a game of circumstances and history reminds us that those favorite never make it. Indeed, now that we have a militant of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) as president of the republic, the decision will come from the house in Chapultepec. Make no mistake: The candidate, male or female (attention here), of the PRI will be a decision of President Enrique Peña Nieto.
And, of course, that is no small decision. If he makes a mistake, he could choose his executioner. If he chooses wrong, the opposition may attack him and, of course, throw everything to the garbage. But things are being constantly analyzed, qualified, evaluated and tested in the privacy of the presidential residence of Los Pinos.
Peña Nieto now has the great responsibility to the rest of the party members to choose someone who is popular, who can unite and ignite passions in the public.
Margarita Zavala is going. She will be a candidate of the National Action Party (PAN) or she will be an independent candidate. First, we will see what happens with Carolina Monroy and Ana Lilia Herrera in the State of Mexico, where it appears that they will be strong cards. Why can’t Ortega Pacheco do the same as candidate of the PRI?
Ortega Pacheco could “make a killing,” as she did with her governorship. We have to remember how she beat Xavier Abreu and, in consequence, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa. This journalist, in his Saturday Grupo Fórmula show, transmitted national radio and TV, hours before the voting started, transmitted a video showing the brother of former PAN governor Patricio Patrón Laviada shamelessly buying votes aboard a luxury SUV in a criminally poor municipality. Perhaps that also helped some voters change their decision to vote in favor of the Dzemul native.
For all the reasons stated above, don’t lose sight of the revelation that is Ortega Pacheco. When she intends to do something, she achieves her objectives. This time, her objective is to appear on the 2018 ballot. And, make no mistake, Ortega Pacheco is appearing in the picture as an institutional woman because of a signal from above.
Jounalist, editor and radio broadcaster