Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Mexico: After the debacle in Tabasco, AMLO's PRD self-destructs

After the crushing loss in his Tabasco stronghold, where his PRD gubernatorial candidate lost by more than 10 points, Andrés Manuel López Obrador's party begins to commit suicide. One of the party's founders and a long time AMLO sidekick, Auldárico Hernández Gerónimo, has demanded that the ex-PRI and now current PRD party leadership be tossed out in the wake of the election fiasco. He has called for the removal of the state's PRD party director as well as the losing gubernatorial candidate. Hernández Gerónimo says that he warned PRD candidate Raúl Ojeda Zubieta several times prior to this past Sunday's election to "come down off your cloud and mingle with the common folk", but, "as an ex-Priista, he refused to do so."

The PRD party machinery, switching immediately into tit-for-tat mode, has convened its Disciplinary Committee to propose the ouster from the party of Hernández Gerónimo as well as several other PRD founders and long-time AMLO supporters who refused to support the party's candidate.

The questions remain: Who is feeding and paying the bills for AMLO's supporters still camped out all over downtown Mexico City? And who is feeding and paying the bills for the APPO and SNTE Section 22 campers spread out all over Oaxaca as well as Mexico City? Who is paying for the 3 or 4 times per week round trip plane tickets to Mexico City for APPO leader Flavio Sosa and his staff? Who is funneling him money in sufficient quantities to enable his children to attend a private school here in Oaxaca while 1.3 million public school children have no classes?

If and when those persons can be found and, uh, removed from the loop, the refusal of APPO and the striking teachers to negotiate a meaningful agreement should mysteriously disappear. Unfortunately, one might have to travel all the way to Havana and then to Caracas to find those sources.

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