THE CONTRERAS REPORT: Mexican ladies stagger machismo | Open


Mexico is a one hundred pc “macho” nation, socially, economically and politically.

At the very least it was till Sunday, June 6, when hundreds of thousands of Mexican voters confirmed up at 1000’s of “casillas” — polling locations, together with an enormous one within the entrance park to my gated group, San Antonio del Mar, an enclave between Tijuana and Rosarito Seashore.

When the votes have been counted, a lady — Aventaja Montserrat Caballero — gained the mayor’s race in 2-million inhabitants Tijuana with 47.5 % of the vote; one other girl — Norma Bustamante — gained the mayor’s race in a single million inhabitants Baja California state capital, Mexicali, with 41 % of the vote, and one other girl — Araceli Brown — gained the mayor’s race in an American collegian spring break favourite, Rosarito Seashore, with 35 % of the vote. They defeated as much as a dozen candidates in every of their races.

All three have been candidates of President Lopez Obrador’s Morena political occasion.

So, too, was Marina del Pilar, Morena’s candidate for Baja California governor. She gained the governorship with 48.3 % of the vote defeating former Tijuana mayor Jorge Hank Rhon (30.5 %) and 6 different candidates. He’s the privileged son of deceased ultra-politician Carlos Hank Gonzales who amassed billions of {dollars} whereas mayor of Mexico Metropolis and governor of Mexico Metropolis’s surrounding Mexico State.

It needs to be famous that when Jorge Hank Rhon was managing leftover horse and canine racing in Tijuana after a suspect hearth destroyed the world well-known Caliente Race Monitor and earlier than on line casino playing was allowed in Mexico, paid staff of Hank Rhon assassinated a crusading Tijuana newspaper editor writer who accused Hank of prison actions within the notorious Felix Arellano Tijuana drug cartel.

At the very least one murderer, a safety guard on the race observe was killed in a shootout with Tijuana police and others have been captured and imprisoned. Although all have been staff of Hank Rohn, he was not charged with, as Mexicans say, being the “mental writer” of the assassination. Regardless of the allegations, Hank ran for and gained Tijuana’s mayor’s workplace underneath the PRI, the previous Mexican ruling occasion, maybe probably the most corrupt political group the world has ever seen. Hank Rohn slot in with the PRI of the day.

This time he ran underneath a special banner (PES) and spent hundreds of thousands of pesos to run for governor. Ms. Marina del Pilar ended Hank’s political profession on Election Day. Baja California is healthier off.

Nationally, roughly 50 % of Mexico’s 90 million or so voters turned out to vote for 15 governors and all the Chamber of Deputies (congress).

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador welcomed excellent news in a possible victory of 10 of his Morena Get together candidates profitable governor workplaces (together with Baja California for a full five-year time period); then again, nonetheless, his occasion seems to have misplaced seats within the Chamber of Deputies and although with coalition minor occasion allies he nonetheless instructions a majority, he won’t have a two-thirds supermajority which he may use to dump the Structure of 1917 and set up a “new trendy” one that may enable him to wield dictatorial powers like his idol, the founding father of the outdated ruling occasion, the PRI, former trainer Plutarco Elias Calles, whom my great-grandmother, a Mexico revolution heroine of Mexico, labeled a “communist thug and assassin.”

The second dangerous information for President Lopez Obrador is that he and his occasion — Morena — have been virtually extinguished in Mexico Metropolis (Ciudad Mexico) the place Morena triumphed in 2018’s election in 11 of 18 boroughs.

This time, Morena was thrown out of workplace in 11 boroughs.

All in all, ladies made gigantic strides within the election, particularly in San Diego’s next-door neighbor and industrial associate, Tijuana, and the state of Baja California.

The brand new mayor of Tijuana and new governor of Baja mechanically be a part of Mexico Metropolis Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum within the race to switch President Lopez Obrador. He’s prevented by the Structure he can now not change — from working for re-election ever. He’s restricted to a single six-year time period that ends in 2024.

Will Mexico beat the USA to elect a lady President? The reply might be sure. A lot for “macho” Mexico.


Raoul Lowery Contreras is host of The Contreras Report accessible at and

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