THE protagonist of Opposition leader Mariano Rajoy’s first big election meeting in
The situation is a delicate one, not least because Cascos was one of Rajoy’s early mentors and was responsible for bringing him to party headquarters in
Cascos now intends to fight next May’s elections with his own party, Foro Asturias Ciudadanos (FAC) and will inevitably split the Partido Popular vote although his supporters believe that outright victory is within their grasp.
In 2007 the PP took a beating in the municipal elections, but made a good showing in the regional polls, losing out to the PSOE socialist party by a very narrow margin.
At last Sunday’s meeting, Rajoy’s speech began with the mandatory criticisms of the socialist president, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero but with easily-read messages to Alvarez Cascos between the lines.
The PP brand was part of the European People’s Party and respected throughout the EU, said Rajoy, who reminded those present that
By next year, Rajoy predicted, the PP would be in La Moncloa (equivalent to Downing Street) and, implying that Cascos could not, he pledged to protect
Perez-Espinoza is put forward as a candidate for youth and renewal but the PP planners fear that Alvarez Cascos’ long-standing popularity could bear more weight.