New anger between the leadership of Pedro Sánchez and the president of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, who has used the pages of the newspaper El Mundo to charge against the party’s strategy at the national level by warning that the coalition partners they can lead to an electoral “punishment” and question Ferraz’s campaign against Alberto Núñez Feijóo just 24 hours after the PSOE managed to exhibit an image of unity and strength with all the territorial leaders. Page’s words have fallen like a jug of cold water in Moncloa and Ferraz. “Solitary wars do not work,” say management sources.
Sánchez exhibits muscle with the barons and boasts of management in front of an “isolated and portrayed” PP
“A few minutes ago I explained to you the importance of the team, of the national team [ha dicho la portavoz del PSOE, Pilar Alegría, en referencia a la victoria en el Eurobasket]. It is what was seen in the PSOE”. The also Minister of Education and Vocational Training has assured that on Saturday they sent a “clear message from a united party” that gives “answers” to citizens and “that is going out to win the next elections”. “All the presidents and general secretaries had a word when we proposed the resolutions and it was the message that was repeated by all those who intervened there”, she added. During that meeting held in Zaragoza, Sánchez and Page, who were sitting next to each other during the rally, were talking amicably for quite some time.
Alegría has thus pointed out that Page did not make any of the criticisms that he has said in El Mundo. “Don’t look for me, huh? And if someone wants us to talk about the mechanics of Zaragoza, I’ll explain it to them whenever they want”, replied the Manchego president: “In the 22 or 23 seconds that I had time, I said more or less that I didn’t agree with some things”. Page, who has suggested that he has sent his opinion to Sánchez, has defended that he reached agreements with Feijóo because he considered that he was “solvent”: “Perhaps it is more difficult to say who is insolvent, but what I do have very It is clear who the solvents are, who are the ones who seek to break the general interest of the country”, he said in reference to the nationalists.
“What I share are the principle values and the organization that I think is best managed by the majority of Spain, which is the PSOE”, Page defended, who has defended that it would be “very healthy” if “there were a rapprochement of positions on the great issues of country” with the PP. “I defend a majority project and I defend that we do not try to reach the elections by offering not to repeat the puzzle, but it is a normal desire”, added the president of Castilla-La Mancha in reference to Sánchez’s partners.
Page did defend the need to campaign close to the territory and acknowledged that the coalition’s allies harm him on his land during a lunch at the end of the Federal Policy Council with other PSOE barons, including the host, Javier Lambán , the socialist leaders in Castilla y León, Luis Tudanca; Andalusia, Juan Swords; and Madrid, Juan Lobato, among others. Although in these autonomies the alliances with the nationalists take their toll on the PSOE, silence has been imposed in this regard to prioritize the image of a united party.
In a press conference with the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, Page has defended that if he did not think that the Galician was “insolvent” before, he will not “think about it now”. “I am very clear about what solvents are”, said the president of La Mancha in reference to the independentists: “My opinions are my own”.
“When the brand is doing well, it is doing well for all of us. When the brand is not doing well, none of us are doing well”, they warn Page from Ferraz, where they are convinced that they will manage to turn around the polls that now place the PP in first position. Sánchez trusts a good part of his expectations precisely to the pull of the regional presidents and mayors. That is why some sources allow the president of Castilla-La Mancha to make a differentiated speech in his region, which is mostly conservative. “It is normal that there are different profiles, but those of us who present ourselves, they vote for us by the acronym”, they remember from the party leadership.
“The facts are the resolution that was adopted in the Federal Policy Council and the image of the PSOE’s joint work unit,” Alegría tried to settle in a press conference that was dominated by questions about Page’s discrepancies.