After a devastating defeat in October’s midterm elections, Sergio Massa will go back to being a mere mortal like the rest of us come December 10, when he will leave his seat as a national deputy. That until, at least, 2019, when he may revisit the possibility of running for public office.
But at least right now Massa is looking for ways to bring bread to the table without the deputy salary. According to La Nacion, there are several possibilities. As a former lawyer who specialized in Social Security Law, he could return to work at a firm in the district of Tigre, of which he was Mayor and where he currently resides.
In addition to sitting at a desk in a law firm, Massa would reportedly also like to give lectures on security and social welfare. He’s set on taking a break from the political world, and will delegate his responsibilities in the Renewal Front, the party he created in 2013, to three deputies and three legislators in the Buenos Aires Province.
Another option for Massa’s future – while still an unconfirmed rumor – is by far the most intriguing. A likelihood of him teaming up with Rudy Giuliani, New York City’s famously (or infamously, depending on who you ask) tough-on-crime former mayor, has emerged. Giuliani became known for his strict “zero-tolerance” policy on crime, cracking down on everything as small as subway fare evasion and public consumption of alcohol.
If the two indeed go into business together, Massa would become a Latin American representative of Giuliani Partners, the management and security consulting firm Giuliani founded in 2002, and Massa hired to help improve Tigre’s security.
This potential partnership wouldn’t be a huge surprise. Like Giuliani, Massa has emphasized security and toughness on crime as two of his central issues during his time in politics. In Tigre, he oversaw the implementation of a system of cameras intended to discourage, or at least record, all crime. He also helped create “Alerta Buenos Aires,” a smartphone app that makes it easy for neighbors to quickly report any crime, big or small, they see taking place in the neighborhood. The app not only alerts law enforcement, but it also sends out a notification to everyone who has the app on their phone.
These projects demonstrate the kind of proactive measures to prevent crime Giuliani is known to advocate. Speaking on the subject, Massa noted the importance of “the centralization in the neighborhoods and the attack on the small crime…when we do not prevent, we end up acting to repair the damage.”
Moreover, Massa and Giuliani have a previous relationship that makes any future collaboration even less surprising. The former mayor of New York City visited Argentina this past August during the midterms’ campaign. He spent a day with Massa driving around the Buenos Aires suburbs with the “Alerta Buenos Aires” system installed, talking to local neighbors about it and emphasizing how, with his help, Tigre has managed to bring down crime rates.
Giuliani was full of praise for Massa, and the actions he’s taken to prevent crime, saying “this application that we see today is a way to give security to the people, to the neighbors. Leaders like Sergio Massa can offer solutions.”
The two also met earlier this year, when Massa traveled to Washington in January to attend Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. They reportedly discussed strategies and techniques that could be used to improve security in the suburbs around Buenos Aires.