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Deputy “tireless”, mayor “off-road” and ‘sanchista’ in the lands of Page: Isabel Rodríguez, the new spokesperson for Pedro Sánchez


Castilian-Manchego quota of height in the profound remodeling of the Government that Pedro Sánchez is executing today. The mayor of Puertollano (Ciudad Real) since the municipal elections of two years ago, Isabel Rodríguez, 40, will be the new spokesperson for the Government of Pedro Sánchez, replacing María Jesús Montero, and also Minister of Territorial Policy, replacing of Miquel Iceta, just a few months after his appointment, according to sources from the Government of Emiliano García-Page confirm to elDiarioclm.es.

Despite her youth, Isabel Rodríguez has a long political career both in Castilla-La Mancha and at the state level. Born in Abenójar in 1981, she has a Law degree and has been a member of the PSOE from a very young age, a party for which she is a national deputy for Ciudad Real after being the youngest senator in the history of Spain in 2004.

In June 2007 she left her seat in the Senate to take up the post of general director of Youth in the Castilla-La Mancha Community Board. In the regional Congress of the PSOE of Castilla la Mancha in July 2008, she was elected Secretary of Communication and spokesperson for the regional PSOE. And, later, in September of that same year, he became spokesman for the Government of Castilla-La Mancha of José María Barreda.

After the 2011 elections, she joined the Congress of Deputies as a national deputy for the province of Ciudad Real, a position that was revalidated in the 2015 elections, maintaining it until the present time. As a national parliamentarian, she was deputy spokesperson for the Board of Spokespersons, and a member of the Constitutional, Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda commissions.

Isabel Rodríguez, with this distinguished political career, is one of the most beloved politicians in Castilla-La Mancha for her good treatment with her fellow party members, but also with the opposition formations and the media, with which it has always been close. During her years as a national deputy, she has also managed to win the affection of her colleagues in Congress, they point out from the PSOE of Ciudad Real, where they define her work as “tireless.” In the two years that she has been mayor of Puertollano, her closest collaborators define her as “off-road”.

One of the most difficult moments of his political career was lived five years ago when the schism in the PSOE occurred with the resignation of Pedro Sánchez as general secretary. This split was promoted by the Socialist Executive Commission, sponsored by Susana Díaz and with the support of Emiliano García-Page, due to Sánchez’s famous ‘no is no’ at the inauguration of Mariano Rajoy, against which both socialists positioned themselves. Isabel Rodríguez maintained the discipline of the Castilian-Manchego PSOE and voted yes to Rajoy, but she did not manage to remove the ‘damn’ label until years later, when she knew how to build the trust of the federal leadership and the Socialist Parliamentary Group in Congress, being protected finally for the ‘sanchismo’.

Two years ago he added the Mayor’s Office of Puertollano to his political career, thus demonstrating his ability to stay between two waters, since he has also had the support of García-Page in the autonomous community. In fact, as it happened yesterday, García-Page shared a great institutional event with her in Puertollano. There he took the opportunity to thank Isabel Rodríguez for “not only considering that the Board, the Provincial Council or the State come here to do everything, but that you have clear projects, you have ideas and you also participate, contribute and do”.

In this same line he has pronounced today on Twitter:

The news caught the president of Castilla-La Mancha in the meeting of the regional Executive Committee, where, during his speech, he called the mayor and deputy to congratulate her and show her the affection of all her colleagues:

The first conversation of the president of CLM, Emiliano García-Page Sánchez with our minister and spokesperson of the …

Posted by Jose Luis Martinez Guijarro on Saturday, July 10, 2021

With this decision of the Prime Minister, Isabel Rodríguez becomes one of the youngest spokespersons for Moncloa. Rosa Posada, with the government of Adolfo Suárez, and Soraya Saénz de Santamaría, with that of Mariano Rajoy, were also 40 years old when they held this position. Around that age, Rosa Conde was also in the government of Felipe González. Much younger was at the time the famous Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, who was only 34 years old when he was spokesman for the Executive of José María Aznar.

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