Tuesday, July 5

Ciudadanos proposes not to expel the deputy who dropped out of the party so as not to lose the parliamentary group in Cantabria

“Follow the money trail.” This is an old journalistic key that is commonly used in the profession. And again, with this simple phrase you can explain the serious crisis that Citizens are experiencing these days, which with half a dozen resignations, party casualties and accusations of “treason”, has put the orange formation on the ropes and leaves a future very uncertain for those of Inés Arrimadas in Cantabria just one year before the next elections.

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Although more than the internal war, what this maxim that points to money sums up is the agreed exit that Ciudadanos is trying to reach in order to maintain economic resources and representation in the regional Parliament, since they are considering the possibility of not expelling to the ‘unruly’ deputy who left the party slamming the door on social networks between great outbursts for a vote on hunting the wolf in Congress with the aim of not losing the parliamentary group in Cantabria.

The situation is as follows: if Marta García is expelled from the parliamentary group for withdrawing from the party and launching harsh accusations against her colleagues in Madrid, -of whom she said that “they have betrayed the Spanish farmers” for not supporting a proposal of the PP to remove the wolf from the list of protected species in Congress, and that “not everything goes in politics” -, she would go directly to being a non-attached deputy and Ciudadanos would lose the parliamentary group and all the advantages that this entails, since it would have only two representatives -the spokesman, Félix Álvarez, and the deputy Diego Marañón-, an insufficient number according to the regulations of the Cantabrian Parliament, which requires three.

The only two Citizens parliamentarians, therefore, would go to the mixed group together with Vox, sharing financial resources and intervention times in plenary sessions and in commissions with the far-right formation. They would also lose their position on the Parliamentary Table, in addition to making the more than half a dozen workers on the staff who support the work of the three orange deputies unsustainable due to lack of income and subsidies.

However, Ciudadanos is now open to the possibility of allowing Marta García to continue in the parliamentary group as an “independent”, once she has decided not to leave voluntarily, nor deliver her act, nor reaffiliate. “Technically, she is a turncoat. And politically, so is she.” This is how sources from the orange formation recognize elDiario.es, who at the same time admit that this agreed exit is on the table so as not to lose the parliamentary group in Cantabria and certify its internal debacle.

Technically, she’s a turncoat. And politically, too. We have presumed to be a party that firmly fights against turncoating. This doesn’t have a pass

This was transferred to its management committee by the autonomous coordinator of Ciudadanos in Cantabria, Félix Álvarez, as confirmed by this newspaper. After a meeting in Madrid with the leadership of the party, which was intended to be key to resolving the conflictFelisuco has remained silent and has avoided making statements to the press. There was neither call before the media nor statement after the meeting in which the situation was explained. There has been no official statement despite the delicate moment that the party is experiencing in Cantabria, and that in the coming days may worsen due to the internal discrepancies that are hitting the parliamentary group squarely.

Although from the own ranks of Citizens they fear the jump of this deputy to Vox and brand the role these days of Marta García as “overacting”, -who in addition to being a deputy is a rural tourism businesswoman and has a livestock farm-, because the abstention from his colleagues in Congress on the wolf did not change the result of the vote and was a mere legislative process with little real significance, the opportunity has been given to present a Non-Law Proposal (PNL) in the Lower House that makes the position clear favor of the party in relation to the hunting of this species in some territories, as has been defended since Cantabria.

This political movement, together with the decision not to expel the deputy, seeks to stop the bleeding that the party is experiencing in its own flesh. What remains to be seen is whether it is enough or there is no turning back. The positions are very opposed, and in front of those who have taken up arms for that “technical” abstention in Congress, there are those who would not see with good eyes that the personal attacks and the slamming of Marta García’s door had no consequences. “We have presumed to be a party that firmly fights against turncoating. This does not have a pass”, they warn.