Alberto Casero (Cáceres, 1978) was until now a deputy from the third row of the PP bench, not well known outside of Extremadura, where he has spent most of his political career. One of those politicians who moves out of the spotlight, in his case trying to control the changes in the territorial leadership of the party. This Thursday he has become the most wanted deputy in Congress after his mistake in voting for the Government’s labor reform has allowed it to go ahead by a single vote, after the UPN parliamentarians changed their position and voted not to .
Batet’s failure to count, the UPN’s betrayal and the PP’s error: the final suspense of the labor reform vote
Casero, a law graduate, has been a deputy since 2019, the same year in which he rose to the leadership of the national PP. He is Secretary of Organization of the party and works hand in hand with Teodoro García Egea. Some information has placed him within the party’s maneuvers to capture disenchanted Citizens and attract them to the PP with the help of Fran Hervías. Since last November, he has led the party’s work with the provincial presidents to define the electoral strategy and has also been involved in the party’s internal decisions to elect leaders in different territories. Among his last tasks was to cancel the Christmas dinners of the PP, a decision that once again confronted Isabel Díaz Ayuso with the party’s leadership.
Its political origins are in Trujillo. He joined the popular youth of the municipality in 1997 and only four years later he already had a position in the provincial executive committee of the PP of Cáceres and was promoted to deputy secretary in 2004. At the age of 33, in 2011, he became mayor of Trujillo, and remained in the post until 2019. That year he decided to make the leap to national politics and headed the PP list for Cáceres in the national elections; in the municipal ones, his party lost three councilors in Trujillo and the Mayor’s Office passed into the hands of the PSOE.
The change of government in the City Council led to an investigation against Casero. According to El newspaper de Extremadura published last November, the Trujillo investigating court number 2 has an open investigation for a possible crime of continued prevarication against him. Being appraised, the court is still collecting information and documents before deciding whether to refer the case to the Supreme Court. The PSOE corporation had already denounced before the Court of Auditors a series of claims for payments that some companies had made, and that the new mayor doubted their legality.
Those who have agreed with him in politics say that Casero has never stood out for being a brilliant parliamentarian, but rather the one in charge of disseminating the party’s arguments in front of a microphone, always clinging to the political arguments that were dictated by the party’s leadership.
In Extremadura he is opposed to José Antonio Monago, because he is framed in the side of the provincial president of the PP of Cáceres, Laureano León. Some sources affirm that his proximity to Genoa has led him to promote the candidacy of a councilor from Cáceres, María Guardiola, to take over from Monago and face the mayor of Plasencia, who is the only one who has announced his intention to present himself to lead the PP of Extremadura, reports Santiago Machado.
Error when voting the labor reform
Casero has become the involuntary protagonist of the vote on the labor reform by making a mistake with the telematic vote. The version of the PP, however, is that there is no human error, and that everything is due to a computer error: they maintain that their deputy pressed the correct button, but that a failure in the computer application has changed the meaning of their vote . When he found out, he
The PP spokeswoman in Congress, Cuca Gamarra, has come out to explain what happened to the media, although she has not provided any evidence to confirm the deputy’s version. According to her account, the parliamentary group and the second vice president of the Table, Ana Pastor, “have informed the president [Batet] -before the start of voting- that there was an anomaly and that, therefore, the meaning of the vote that that deputy had cast was not the one stated in the certificate”.
“When the voting took place, a vote was counted that, previously, it had been made known that this was not the meaning of their vote,” he pointed out. In addition, Gamarra has regretted that the Congress Table has not addressed this issue. From the PP they request that this action be “rectified”. “The validation of this Royal Decree is only possible taking into account a vote that has been issued in a different sense from the one counted by the Presidency of the Chamber,” he stated.
The official sources of the Lower House consulted by this newspaper rule out, however, that a situation like the one described by the PP could occur because there is a system of double verification of telematic votes. And remember that, once the telematic vote has been issued, it cannot be suspended to vote in person, nor can it be changed. Members of the parliamentary group have met with Batet to address this issue, from the PP they assure that they will go “to the end in the pertinent claims so that justice is done.”