For being in the same “progressive” camp as the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and be third in the presidential race, former minister Cyrus Gomes (PDT) is naturally the main potential victim of the PT offensive in search of a useful vote in the first round of the presidential race, as shown in the cover story of VEJA this week. A Quaest poll released on the 21st showed that a third of the former minister’s voters would vote for Lula so that he could settle the election against the president. Jair Bolsonaro (PL) in the first round of voting, on October 2nd.
Allies from Ceará have classified the Lula movements as “undemocratic” and “absurd”. “It is an attack on democracy, political violence and an attempt to disqualify the debate”, says Ana Paula Matos, Ciro’s deputy. Some cirists believe that PT’s strategy can create noise in the second round. “In the aggressiveness they’ve been doing, they’re destroying bridges,” observes Antonio Neto, candidate for federal deputy in São Paulo and one of Ciro’s closest allies in the party.
Faced with the risk of having the campaign emptied in the final stretch, the pedestrian and his communication strategist, João Santana, declared war on the useful vote. Videos and posts from the candidate’s campaign openly criticize the logic of bringing the second round to the first round. In this context, the motto of a “true useful vote” in Ciro began to circulate on his social networks, while one of the pieces even questioned the voter about how he would react if someone asked him to abandon his faith, his family and even his football team. in the name of questionable reasons. The reaction strategy will be maintained in the last days of the campaign, with special weight on the last two debates on open TV, reconciled with attacks on Lula and Bolsonaro, especially in the field of ethics.
While trying to stop the bleeding, Ciro, however, already sees defections in his base. This week, two members of the PDT national directory, ex-deputies Cidinha Campos (RJ) and Haroldo Ferreira (PR), declared their vote for Lula in the first round. With more than four decades of party affiliation, Cidinha used her radio show to say that only Bolsonaro and Lula are in the running. “Ciro is out,” declared the former state and federal deputy. Affiliated for 22 years in the pedetista ranks, Ferreira criticizes João Santana’s work in the communication of the former minister’s campaign due to criticism and attacks on Lula. “The campaign strategy that Ciro implemented is hateful, of attacks on the biggest opponent of Bolsonarismo”, said Haroldo Ferreira, who handed over the positions in the national directory and at the Leonel Brizola Foundation. The former deputy says that other pedestrians think the same way, but will not go public because they are running for party elections.
In the artistic class, two of the ex-minister’s most notorious supporters, singers Caetano Veloso and Tico Santa Cruz, also announced that they would opt for the ex-president. Caetano released a video in which he said he voted for the PT even though he “loved” the pedestrian and Santa Cruz said that Ciro’s presidential project should be left for 2026 – the candidate promises to retire if he is defeated in 2022. and former PDT affiliates, including cadres who served in the Brizola government in Rio de Janeiro, preached a “conscientious vote” for Lula.
In the face of dissent, Ciro Gomes and his allies, such as the president of the PDT, Carlos Lupi, have tried to minimize the damage to the hull of their ship. Lupi called the now ex-cirists “traitors”.
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