Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Apologies for those who are in Mexico and follow this more closely than I do, but I just stopped chatting to a Sinaloan friend, and was told that Jesus Vizcarra, the gubernatorial candidate who allegedly had ties to El Mayo Zambada, has left the country to a new life in San Diego.
This is news to me, in part, because I had no idea he had lost this summer's gubernatorial elections. I had simply assumed he'd won. While a lot of media attention was focused on the PRI falling in Oaxaca, I didn't see anything on the PRI being toppled in Sinaloa (Not that this means it wasn't reported, i just didn't see it). The PRI has never been out of power in Sinaloa, and as we all know, was responsible for the nice little behind-the-scenes arrangement with the local narcos.

Good for the people of Sinaloa, voting for change even if change may bring with it uncertainty and fear. As my friend says, "Where there's PAN, there's more terror. Where there's PRI, they make agreements with the narcos and there's less terror."


  1. It's actually a more complex situation than that. The incoming governor, Manuel Lopez Valdez ("Malova") was PRI, but switched parties to run on the coalition (PAN-PRD-PT) ticket. His transition team is top heavy with PRI-istas.

    Making it even stranger, the loudest accusations of a Calderón-Chapo agreement have been the state PAN leaders.

    As it was, narco-tie accusations were only a minor campaign issue. Tenencias and the economy were more important... and voter turnout/supression tactics by the various parties.

  2. of course it's more complex, it's mexican politics! but thanks for clarifying, i just figured i'd be content with the glossed over version.

  3. first of all Richard is Mario Lopez Valdez hence MALOVA which is the acronym of is name, which it was used on the election campaign, and your wrong about the coalition you mention, (PAN-PRD-PT) is not right he went to the Partido Accion Nacional Party, which is the leading party that runs Mexico, also you need to know that it was is turn to run for governor for the PRI party when he was a party member, but it turns out that some of the party followers turns his back on him cause economic reasons, someone told me that jesus vizcarra the former pri candidate pay a load of money to those party followers so he can be the internal candidate...