Former Governor of the Buenos Aires Province Daniel Scioli can’t quite seem to find his bearings after he lost the presidential elections against Mauricio Macri last year.
During the months that followed that fateful November 22 runoff election, the number of instances in which Scioli was sent back and forth like that kid no one wants in their team has only grown. Peronism, ever flexible, has started to try to realign itself after defeat: those who remained faithful to former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (still representing the Victory Front) and those who sought the present themselves as a less combative alternative and provide a more dialogue-prone opposition to the Macri administration.
Rallying under the Justicialist Party (PJ) banner, there is no shortage of groups of people who want to bill themselves as the new face of Peronism ahead of next year’s mid-term elections. Within the PJ itself there’s a group of mayors from Buenos Aires province who are calling themselves the “emerald group,” others who want to be known as the “phoenix group,” another one plainly called PJ and, sheesh, probably a bunch more we’ve forgotten. If there’s one thing that’s clear though is they all agree on one thing: No one seems to want Scioli on their side.
Last night, a rally by a group of politicians who claimed to represent the “renewal” of the Peronist party, brought Scioli’s isolation to the forefront once again. Even though he said on September 5 he was working for the unity of the entire PJ — “there’s a clear tendency of applying austerity measures (…) that demands that as a political force we re-organize and renew ourselves” — all his former allies are treating him like kryptonite.
According to Infobae, the hosts decided not to let Scioli, as well as former Mayor of La Matanza District Fernando Espinoza and Diego Bossio take the stage. Bossio’s case seems a bit odd, since he is precisely one of the most visible faces of this “Peronist renewal.” La Política Online (LPO) disagrees with Infobae and says Bossio actually left the rally in protest of Scioli’s presence.
Regardless of specifics, what analysts and politicians all agree is that this “new” PJ does not want Scioli. “I don’t know who invited him. I only said hi to him when I saw him,” national lawmaker and former governor of San Juan José Luis Gioja.
“Espinoza and Scioli already had their chance,” an unnamed Buenos Aires province mayor said.
This was the last unfruitful attempt by Scioli to find a political space, but is far from being the first. Earlier this week he also left the door open to form an alliance in the next Congressional elections with National lawmaker Sergio Massa, who he ran against in the presidential elections nine months ago: “the PJ is going to form an electoral front sooner or later, we don’t have to rule anything out,” said Scioli when asked about the possibility in an interview with Journalist Joaquín Morales Solá.
So it’s true that Scioli may not really be that ideologically different from this new PJ, he could likely work with any of them. But he just doesn’t seem to find his spot considering he also met with former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner last month. Seems that now all you need to do is take part in a Workers’ Party (PO) in Corrientes and Callao and you’ll be able to call bingo, Daniel.