By KELIN DILLON
After the cancellation of the controversial candidacy of Guerrero gubernatorial hopeful and alleged rapist Félix Salgado Macedonio by the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary (TEPJF), the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) needed to quickly hunt down a replacement for the post, and apparently found it in Salgado Macedonio’s eldest daughter, Evelyn Salgado Pineda, despite heavy criticism from within and outside of the party of the move’s intense corruption.
Salgado Pineda had barely dipped her toes into politics before as president of the Integral Development of Families (DIF) board of Acapulco and head of the state’s Secretariat of Women, as well as being a mainstay at her father’s political rallies all throughout his political career, though many say she does not possess nearly enough experience to govern Mexico’s highest-populated state.
The 39-year-old is contentiously linked to the Beltrán Leyva brothers’ cartel, through her marriage to Alfredo Alonso, the son of Joaquín “El Abulón” Alonso Piedra, who was arrested back in 2016 for his alleged role as financial operator of the aforementioned cartel, leaving many worried about Salgado Pineda potentially being in the pocket of organized crime, a concern that was likewise held against her father.
Salgado Pineda was chosen ahead of Senator Nestora Salgado for the candidacy, despite polls of the population taken by Morena favoring the senator by 7.8 percent over that of Salgado Pineda, though Salgado Macendio’s daughter won the intention to vote count with 37.9 percent, making her Morena’s choice for the role, in spite of widespread criticism of the selection.
“This is nothing more than impositions in the old corrupt style that we did not want and the same or worse is being done,” a Morena representative from Guerrero told El Pais, demonstrating how the candidate choice goes against the party’s supposed values of fighting corruption, and instead benefitting from it.
“The nomination of the daughter of Félix Salgado Macedonio passes over, in a very ugly way, all those women and men who built (Morena) from scratch,” said F. Bartolomé in his column for Reforma.
“Where Salgado Pineda does meet the T4 (Fourth Transformation) standards is in the lack of experience,” continued Bartolomé. “She has a 10-hour Word course and a 15-hour Excel course. For (Mexican President Anrés Manuel López Obrador, or) AMLO, Morena and (Morena head) Mario Delgado, that is enough to govern the second-most marginalized state in Mexico, with more than 85 percent of its population living in poverty and extreme poverty.”
Though the result won’t be determined until Mexico’s June 2021 elections, the very act of alleged corruption in nominating Salgado Pineda as Morena’s candidate for Guerrero does not bode well for a just and fair vote, and, unfortunately, will likely bring another six years of Salgado Macedonio running the state, just this time, behind the shield of his own daughter.