In an article titled Ricardo Anaya, betrayal as a method published in the New York Times, the current presidential candidate has been compared to some of Mexico’s most corrupt political figures including Durate and Borge.
In campaign, article author Wilbert Torre says the PAN candidate has tried to present himself as the Mexican version of Justin Trudeau or Emmanuel Macron young and progressive, attentive to the political center and respectful of institutions.
However, besieged by accusations of corruption and unable to find a balance between the populist discourse of López Obrador and the technocratic profile of José Antonio Meade, Anaya seems to be closer to the young politicians of 21st century Mexico, who, like the ex-governors Javier Duarte and Roberto Borge, ascended with speed in the ranks of their parties, but whose careers were quickly eclipsed by suspicions of corruption and judicial investigations.
Corruption scandals have been a systematic presence in his campaign. A few days before the third and last presidential debate, and two weeks before the elections, Ricardo Anaya faced another accusation, a constant sign in his brief but intense political biography.
“I hold the government of Enrique Peña Nieto responsible for this new attack against me, using the same lies of a few months ago,” Anaya said in response to revelations of alleged illegal financing in her campaign.
Anaya made a similar statement only weeks ago when the car in which he was riding was attacked as he left the Mexico City airport.
It was from a leaked video in which the brother of Manuel Barreiro, a partner of Anaya involved in an apparent money laundering operation, tells how they devised a scheme to transfer funds to illegally finance their campaign.
To look more like Trudeau and Macron than Duarte and Borge, the young Mexican politician should have an agenda that promotes transparency, while the new government should unreservedly support the creation of an autonomous anti-corruption prosecutor. Otherwise, support for democracy in Mexico will continue to decline: from 2005 to 2017 it fell from 59 percent to 38 percent.
Previously, The Washington Post compared Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with President Donald Trump saying that although the are similar, it does not mean they would get along.
“If Mr. López Obrador wins the July 1 vote, the bilateral relations already poisoned by Mr. Trump, will probably become even more toxic.”