Presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade was meant to turn over a new leaf for Mexico’s ruling party. It’s not working out like that.
Mired in corruption allegations and with dismal approval ratings, the Institutional Revolutionary Party chose the former finance minister as its candidate in November because of his clean image. It was the first time in the PRI’s nine decade history that it had chosen a non-party member as its candidate.
Yet events keep dragging Meade back into the quagmire of graft accusations that surround the party. Two ministries that the candidate once led are now in the spotlight amid new scandals involving the misuse of government funds, forcing him to defend government officials, while distancing himself from the events. All that is distracting voters from his pledges to crack down on corruption, just six months before the election.