Monday, 30 May 2016

Heading south to our place in Mexico


     We shall be heading out to-morrow to the Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre during what should be some interesting times.  On June the 4th there will be by elections held in 14 of the States of Mexico, including my State, that being Tamaulipas.   We are in the middle of a massive surge in agricultural, fabrication, and transportation boom which has impulsed quite a bit of parallel activity in construction....private and public....domestic and commercial....and educational, like medical school expansions etc.

    The relative prosperity and the tightening down on the remnant groups that are now pestering the general society since the breakdown of the cartel organisations seems to portend well for the old ruling party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).  Their problem is the popularity of a present Senator to the National Congress from the State of Tamaulipas, who name is Francisco Javier Garcia Cabeza de Vaca.  
    His campaign logo is, as one might guess,  the skull and horns of a longhorn....underscoring the fact that he is generally known by his second (maternal )surname Head of a Cow.   He was a very popular municipal president / mayor of Reynosa, which became the largest city in the State during his term of office.   He was born in McAllen, Texas and generally educated there and in Mexico and universities in Texas.   He was the first National Action Party figure to win a major city/county race in Tamaulipas, and appears to be heading for a victory in the race for governor of the State.

     Pre-election polling is a bit spread out...but the more reliable ones seem to indicate that he may well be elected, thereby creating another first.  We shall watch with great interest.  The fourth of June will be a dry day in terms of beer and liquor sales.   People will also be on edge to see if the disparate bands of leftover gangs who have lost any control and order from the old cartel bosses might try to create an "incident".   So the times they be interesting, and we shall inform everyone upon return of how which cow ate what cabbage.

     Concerning the event of the week, perhaps, although it was generally un-noticed by the wise-ones, must have been the nomination of the Libertarian Party Presidential candidate.   He is already scoring 11% in polling and has taken certain moves to increase that percentage so as to qualify for a place in the nationally televised debates.   It might well make things interesting down the road.

More upon my return,
El Gringo Viejo