In the midst of the vacuum of Kirchnerist candidates in the Frente de Todos, the name of Pablo Gonzalez he slipped into the dance of candidates from the coalition for the presidential elections and was mentioned by two pro-government journalists. The current president of YPF was lieutenant governor of Santa Cruz and his political career began in the 1990s in the governorship of Néstor Kirchner.
The last name of the boss of the national oil company began to run between Sunday and Monday based on journalistic statements. One of them was raised by Horacio Verbitsky in his environment The Rocket to the Moonwhere he recreated a dialogue with an analyst opposed to Kirchnerism who told him: “Neither Massa, nor Coqui, nor Wado. It’s time for an outsider”. The investigator added that this person should be under 55 years of age and little known in public opinion, but Verbitsky did not give names.
This Monday Roberto Navarro spoke about González in The uncovering unveiling the unknown. “When you talk about the possibility of playing something in a scenario where you see that the candidates could be Milei and Bullrich, do you beat them with someone traditional or do you have to go with a different one? Well that’s where this name that everyone says is a covert begins to be considered“, he detailed.
Indeed, the figure of González is unknown to the bulk of society. However, his Santa Cruz origin and his closeness to Kirchnerism have placed him among the rumors of his candidacy. This Tuesday and as a result of the ruling of the North American judge Loretta Preska against the Argentine state for the purchase of YPF shares in 2012, González made clear his ownership. “If it had not been for that decision that Cristina Kirchner made in 2012, that courageous decision to recover YPF, we would not be here today. We don’t know who would be here”, he said, defending the nationalization.
His relationship with Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner dates back to the 1990s, which makes him “born and bred” with a high level of Kirchnerism in his blood.
In a scenario still undefined in the ruling party, the simulation would place González to compete in a STEP against Alberto Fernández, Juan Grabois and Daniel Scioli, the Frenteto leaders who have revealed their desire to run as a candidate. The idea of contesting a primary was whitewashed by the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo “Wado” De Pedro, during the last weekend.
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Who is Pablo González and what is his political journey?
The 54-year-old lawyer began as a legal adviser to Servicios Públicos Sociedad del Estado (SPSE) in 1993, two years after he took office as governor of Santa Cruz de Nestor Kirchner. Three years later he became the manager of the company in charge of electricity distribution and sanitation. During those years he was also director of the state gas distributor Distrigas.
In 2003 he was appointed as Provincial Undersecretary of Tax Resources. It was the same year that Kirchner assumed the presidency and González became the representative of the Victoria Party in Santa Cruz, a position he held until 2015.
For four years, between 2012 and 2015, he was also a representative of the Santa Cruz Justicialista Party. He was also a national senator (2011-2015), Counselor of the National Magistracy (2014-2015), head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Santa Cruz (2008-2011) and state prosecutor (2003-2007).
Between the years 2015 and 2019, where the national governorship changed into the hands of the macrismo, González accompanied Alicia Kirchner as lieutenant governor of Santa Cruz. Two years later he would be chosen to replace Guillermo Nielsen as president of YPF.
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