Monday, July 04, 2005

Edo Mex governor candidate: Yeidckol Polevnsky


Yeidckol Polevnsky, PRD and PT. She has a master's degree in industrial psychology, and has been CEO of a chemical company, and member of many commissions on trade and globalization. She campaigned very closely with Mexico City's popular mayor (and presumed front-runner for the PRD presidential nomination) Andres Manuel Lopez Obredor.

What the man in the street thinks about her is "Why did she change her name? How come she has three birth certificates? Why didn't she admit earlier that she is the niece of a former president?" The candidate then came up with explanations about a parental divorce and an adolescent pregnancy (which sounded quite plausible), but it was a major distraction away from key issues and qualifications.

She ran on the slogan "Someone like you" which apparently failed to connect with the rank and file, because they don't have her education, wealth, or connections. Many of her recent press communiques failed to turn around her slide in the polls. Some campaign aids claimed that UFOs had been buzzing her campaign rallies. From my perspective, this was a stellar candidate with potentially great issues, but the campaign has been completely mismanaged.

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