Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bajo Reserva on Mayor Dirty Mauricio

Mauricio Fernández's continued existence in Mexico's political life, especially given the relative lack of condemnation, feels like an emperor-has-no-clothes sort of situation. Bajo Reserva's assessment yesterday really drills that:
When he is the victim of a crime (like death threats, for example), he prefers not to report them. He has sought pacts with drug traffickers so they don't mess with his people, according to taped conversations that were broadcast in 2009. Because the federal government doesn't guarantee his security nor that of his colleagues, he takes justice into his own hands. Some link him with executions, which is to say, with homicides, which in this country and almost any other that has a minimum respect for the rule of law, are penalized. He himself has suggested that he has paramilitary groups under his command, those who are blamed for having killed, with a shot to the back of the head, supposed kidnappers. And cries to the rafters about impunity. Who is this man, who puts in evidence (or in ridicule?) the authorities that must guarantee the security of the country, who also come from his party, National Action? Who is he that does exactly the opposite of what is asked of the citizens: reporting crimes, not taking justice into their own hands, not killing, not acting as an apologist for crime, not...? His name is Mauricio Fernández and he is the mayor of San Pedro. Yesterday he spent five hours with the PGR. His scandalous rise didn't come in one day, but over the course of years. And still he has been a PAN candidate time and again; the second to last, for the governor's seat in Nuevo León. Before that he was the mayor of San Pedro; today he is again in the post, thanks to his party and its voters.

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