Brazilian Elections: First Challenge of Governor Eduardo Campos is to Show He is a Better Bet Than Marina Silva

Former Ally of Lula, Governor of Pernambuco State, Eduardo Campos, will be an oppositor candidate to Presidency this year

Former Ally of Lula, Governor of Pernambuco State, Eduardo Campos, will be an oppositor candidate to Presidency this year. Photo: PSB


On its official Facebook page, Governor of the State of Pernambuco and virtual presidential candidate of Brazilian Socialist Party, Eduardo Campos, states that “if we want to save the next 20 years of Brazilian life we must have the courage to do now what it always was left for later.” The general statement of the governor better evaluated nationwide should be the basis of every word that Campos will comment publicly on his travels around the country to convince the Brazilian electorate that a former government ally, who was Minister of Science and Technology in the first term of President Lula (2003-2006) is the best person to lead the progress that the country needs to do in almost all areas. Improvments, in an official perspective. Changes for those in opposition.

Grandson of a legendary left-winged politician and former governor of Pernambuco Miguel Arraes, Campos is finishing this year his second term ahead of the state that had the most remarkable performance in attracting public and private investments in the whole Northeast, the poorest and most underdeveloped region in the country .

Under the command of Campos, Pernambuco received huge investments, such as the Port of Suape, a giant complex that binds port facilities and industrial units, which began to be planned in the 1960s, but that started becoming real in 2007, the first year of government Campos. He turned posible investments of $ 17 billion with the installation of more than 100 large companies. Together, these new industries generated more than 50,000 jobs and helped to give a new impetus to the State of Pernambuco in their historic struggle to overcome the neighboring state of Bahia and become the largest regional economy.

Besides the economy, part of the success is due to the Campos reduction of homicides in Recife, capital of the state, which has always been one of the most violent cities in Brazil and showed that, over the past few years, a significant reduction in homicides. According to data presented by the state government, last year there were 7.6% fewer murders in Pernambuco than in 2012. The state did not meet the 12% reduction in these crimes, but it was the only one of the great Brazilian states to record fewer homicides.

The person responsible for crime reduction program called Pact for Life, includes a series of integrated between the different spheres of power, including justice, and provides for increased use of technology shares and police intelligence, greater emphasis on the completion of police investigations and investments in the training of police officers. Five years after its implementation in Pernambuco, the program was copied by the Bahia government, administered by the same party of President Dilma Rousseff, PT, without presenting the same results so far.

The success of public policies led Campos to be re-elected in 2010 with over 80% of the vote, a national record. Such approval ratings led the governor of Pernambuco to be called, years before, the “golden boy” by his friend and countryman, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who shortly afterwards sought in vain to curb electoral projects from his ally, trying to convince him to run for president only in 2018, with the possible support of the Workers Party.

But Campos was determined and although in the first three-years of the term of President Dilma Rousseff had maintained his formal support to the government, began to criticize the conduct of economic policy and used the time that the political parties are entitled to in the Brazilian television to say that “more can be done.”

The criticisms made ​​by the governor for the presidency caused an immediate malaise among the leadership of the PT. Not only because they were made ​​by a party with positions in government, but especially by the fact that most of the investments to Pernambuco, as the Abreu e Lima refinery, designed in partnership with PDVSA of Venezuela, were made under the influence of Lula, who was born in that state, and eventually became the main guarantor of administration de Campos. In fact, without Lula’s help much of that investments could not have been done.

Campos continued his tour through the country, talking to political and business leaders, showing up as an alternative to long polarization between the PT of Lula and PSDB (Brazilian Social Democracy Party) of Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who staged the contest in the elections Brazil over the 20 years since Cardoso became president supported by the success of the fight against inflation when he was finance minister of President Itamar Franco (1993-1994).

But the gap between Campos and Dilma materialized when the governor of Pernambuco began to be photographed next to Aécio Neves, a PSDB Senator and likely presidential candidate, which is the main name of the opposition to the October elections.

So far, the polls indicate that Campos is not a big problem for Rousseff. Even with the possible candidate to vice being former minister Marina Silva, who got over 20 million votes in 2010, the governor has fluctuated around 10% of the electorate. Many observers thinks Silva would be a better name for the party in order to run for presidence. But Campos, who had to get rid of important leadership in the party who taught would be smarter staying an ally of PT, such brothers Ciro Gomes, former finance minister, and Cid Gomes, governor of Ceará, has it is clear that in campaign he will talk not about necessary improvments, but changes.

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