Tuesday, December 17 2013 @ 12:17 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
"Both the First Lady and Ferrufino are the two figures who are being seriously considered in our party," said Presidency Minister, Roberto Henriquez.
While speaking in an interview on Telemetro, Henriquez ruled out reports appearing in the news that the former President Mireya Moscoso of the Panameñista party is being considered, because she herself has said she has no interest in the position.
However, he said the CD values the support of a section of the Panameñista party, and support coming from other opposition parties.
He also said there is no doubt that the CD will win the general election in May 2014, as members of these parties become part of the team being put together by the government's candidate José Domingo Arias. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: This is a trial balloon. Many months ago the CD floated the trial balloon of possibly having the First Lady run as the party's presidential candidate, and that didn't go over so well. But having her as the Vice President would basically serve the same purpose - by effectively keeping Ricardo Martinelli on the team and in the public eye in an official manner. Make no mistake about it, the CD is working a long term strategy to retain control of politics in Panama for 50 years or more. People are generally very pleased with the Martinelli administration - and especially their ability to build things and get things done. Of course there are always detractors, and the CD is just as corrupt as the rest of the political parties. They are stealing money (and everything else) hand over fist, and no one seems to mind as long as there's a new bridge, a new bus, or a new subway, or a new highway, or a new hospital, or (fill in 100 blanks). Their campaign slogan could be "Sure, we steal public funds - but we get more done than those other crooks ever did..." which is true. The other side of this trial balloon also says the support from the MOLIRENA is in the bag, as well as support from the Moscoso faction of the Panameñista party. That right there - together with their CD party faithful - is enough to guarantee them a win in May 2014. So, they are feeling confident enough to jockey around and play games with the VP position. Also, this is "official" because it appeared in the Panama America.