Wednesday, March 22

García-Gallardo, the face of Vox in Castilla y León whom Abascal sees “with the face of a vice president”

“You are the best. I am very proud of all of you. Today you are here in the rain, in the face of all adversity. You have not fallen into the trap of the lackey media, which caricature us, stigmatize us and hide us”: with these words Juan García-Gallardo Frings, head of the Vox list for the Castilla y León elections, thanked his voters for the historic result of the far-right formation, which goes from one prosecutor in 2019 to 13 in 2022.

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García-Gallardo, a Burgos lawyer hitherto unknown in politics, has reaped results that, through negotiations, place him in a coalition within the next Government of the PP of Alfonso Fernández Mañueco. If that coalition ends, it would be the first regional Executive with members of the extreme right.

In celebrating the results, at a rally in Valladolid, Abascal has moved first on the board of the imminent negotiation with the PP. Perhaps to the surprise of García-Gallardo himself – and greatly anticipating events – Abascal has already placed him as vice president.

Handpicked by the party leader, a review of his previous interventions on social networks shows a profile of García-Gallardo leaning towards radicalism, with humiliating messages towards his political opponents, towards women, homosexuals and migrants.

Although, like other leaders of the right and the extreme right, he says he is close to the countryside, to farmers and ranchers, the truth is that his still short but intense professional career places him more than in the fields on the carpets of prominent law firms in Madrid.

He graduated in Law with a Diploma in International Legal Studies, from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, where he also studied the Double Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession and Business Law (Icade-Deusto).

He is the son of the lawyer of the same name, one of the best-known criminal lawyers in Burgos, who has defended, among others, the late former vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Tomás Villanueva, when he was called to testify as a defendant in the ‘Perla Negra’ and ‘Trama Eólica’ cases and has also represented their heirs.

Negotiations are now beginning that, presumably, Abascal will pilot from Madrid and in which what is finally decided will be accepted by García-Gallardo, without any desire to become a regional baron of Vox (something unthinkable in a strongly centralist formation and that does not believe in the autonomic model).