The past weighs and in politics even more. In the Ecuadorian case there is a shadow that covers part of that past of some local politicians and that, at the door of the 2019 sectional elections, it may come out now that they seek a candidacy in other opposition political stores. It is the correísmo.
Francisco Jiménez, Carlos Luis Morales and Wilson Cañizares, to mention some examples in Guayas, were part of the government of former President Rafael Correa or were candidates under the banner of the PAIS movement, and now seek a candidacy with another political banner. But, how much its connection to that period of the political life of the country can affect these eventual candidacies?
Pablo Jaramillo, consultant and political communicator, believes that this past will have an impact whenever, through a strategy, it can generate distrust in the voter. “If that candidate does not have that coherence, especially ideological, because it goes from one side to another, you generate distrust,” he says. Although it clarifies that the average electorate has a bad memory and forgets those moments, but “their political adversaries will be in charge of remembering it”.
Political consultant Oswaldo Moreno also prefers to say “it depends”. Of what? “Of the role that they would have had within the correísmo, because their big problem is a sector of collaborators close to the former president (Rafael Correa) who today have a former vice president in jail”.
The director of Independent Political Consultants also recalls that the bases and some leaders of Correa’s PAIS left the extinct Ecuadorian Roldosista Party and, at the time, also questioned the past of some now green leaders. In addition, it emphasizes that, beyond that stain on the correísmo, this tendency still has received in provinces like Manabí and part of the Guayas.
Francisco Jiménez does not ignore that part of his past and does not worry that it could affect a possible application to the Mayor’s Office of Guayaquil. Therefore, it does not consider any particular strategy, beyond a possible explanation, if applicable, to its future voters. “In politics everything can be argued. No problem. We can clearly establish why certain decisions were made. ”
Political organizations are not disturbed either. Jaime Nebot, leader of the Social Christian Party, justifies the presence of Carlos Luis Morales, who arrived at the council of Guayaquil in the hands of PAIS and Democratic Center: “we are not sectarian,” he said in a recent interview.
Moreno believes that this exercise of including people from other groups, without a previous militancy, can be a “big problem”, and more with the bases. “Leaving the bases can be a mistake … you may not be greeted the day after the elections.” (I)