Tag Archives: Ebrard

Poll: PRI and Peña Nieto lead presidential preferences

A Reforma national poll finds the PRI “alone in first place” in preferences for the 2012 presidential elections. “The PRI seems to be winning support nationally, including among sectors that were averse to them in the last election … younger voters, the more highly educated, and independents,” the pollsters write. Among the general population, Enrique Peña Nieto stands head and shoulders above his rivals in the PRI. López Obrador and Marcelo Ebrard are neck and neck in the PRD (although AMLO has a wide lead among party members). In the PAN, there is no clear favorite, with Santiago Creel, Josefina Vázquez, and César Nava each commanding only modest support. (Reforma 5/30)

First gay marriages celebrated in Mexico City

The first five gay couples were joined in marriage in the Old Town Hall in Mexico City, under the Federal District’s law passed last December. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, the head of the D.F. Legislative Assembly, and the head of the D.F. judiciary all attended the ceremony.   The day before, the Supreme Court turned down an appeal from Attorney General Arturo Chávez to block the law from going into effect (without ruling on the merits). The Supreme Court had previously rejected suits by several states to stop the D.F. law. The spokesman for the Archbishop of Mexico City directly attacked Ebrard:

It is completely clear that Marcelo Ebrard is responsible for the approval and execution of these laws that are destructive of the family. He cannot hide his aversion to the Church and to the majority of the inhabitants that he governs, who profess the Christian faith and who reject the perversion of their dearest and most respected values, such as the family.

(Universal 3/11, Reforma 3/11)

Poll: View towards 2012 is all PRI

A Mitofsky survey looking toward the 2012 presidential race shows the PRI leading voter preferences with 40%, compared to 16% for the PAN and 12% for the PRD. In answer to who would you like to see as president, Mexico state governor Enrique Peña Nieto was far ahead of all others. When priistas are asked about their preferred candidates, Peña Nieto is followed by Veracruz governor Fidel Herrera and party leader Beatriz Paredes. Panista preferences are for Senator Santiago Creel, congressional leader Vázquez Mota, and Jalisco governor Emilio González. Among perredistas, AMLO tops Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard by 2:1. (www.consulta.com.mx)

Parties trade blame for flooding

Record downpours during what is normally the dry season caused flooding in the poorer districts of Mexico City and adjacent areas of Mexico State, as well as Michoacán and Guerrero. At least 22 persons died in Michoacán. In the capital region, two major drainage canals broke their banks, leaving neighborhoods 6 ft deep in raw sewage, and closing the main Mexico-Puebla highway. President Calderón, Mexico state governor Enrique Peña Nieto, and Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard toured the affected areas. National Water Commission head José Luis Luege blamed the Mexico City government for closing the deep drainage system for repairs despite forecasts of bad weather, while Ebrard blamed the feds for underspending on water infrastructure. (Reforma 2/8, Excelsior 2/8)

Final curtain for ‘Juanito’

After occupying the Iztapalapa borough offices for nine days, Rafael Acosta, aka ‘Juanito,’ submitted his resignation as borough president. The turnaround occurred after Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard threatened to prosecute him for electoral law violations. (Juanito falsified his birth certificate and voter identification card when he registered as a candidate for the July elections.) Ebrard quickly nominated AMLO-favorite Clara Brugada, who was borough president during Juanito’s first temporary leave of absence, and she was ratified by the D.F. assembly.

Ebrard is most popular leftist political figure

Click to enlargeA BGC/Excelsior national telephone poll found that Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard continues to be the most popular PRD figure in Mexico. Those having a good or very good opinion of Ebrard were 59% while only 12% had a bad or very bad opinion. AMLO continues to be the best-known figure on the Left, but his negatives outweigh his positives by 49% to 29%. The other firebrands (Muñoz Ledo, Dolores Padierna, and Fernández Noroña) also have very high negatives. (Excelsior 11/2)


Juanito steps aside

Rafael Acosta, aka Juanito, announced that he would seek a leave of absence for 59 days immediately after being sworn in as borough president of Iztapalapa on October 1st. The announcement was made after a meeting with Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard. Juanito said he was making the decision for reasons of health and so that “Iztapalapa could live in tranquility.” He said that he would nominate Clara Brugada as his minister of government, which would clear the way for her to take control of the borough government after he steps down.  His supporters will get a few posts in the borough government. Noted columnist Salvador García Soto:

Juanito, the comic parody created by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is finished; politics destroyed him. The popular personality who ridiculed [AMLO] and put the entire Mexican Left in check was finally was broken. In exchange for a few public offices and startled by the machinery of power that had raised him up, he wound up ridiculed and humiliated. Thus ends one of the most folkloric and embarrassing episodes of modern Mexican politics.”

(Universal 9/29)