04/02/2018 The New York Times
MEXICO CITY — Jose Antonio Meade's race for Mexico's presidency so far has looked more like a slog through mud — a struggle to free himself from the scandal-stained reputation of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party that chose the seemingly apolitical economist as its standard-bearer.
A string of governors from the party have been imprisoned — some after fleeing the country as fugitives — or are under investigation for corruption, and many Mexicans blame the party known as the PRI for failure to halt the growth of violence across much of the country. So Meade, a man who has worked in Cabinet for presidents of two different parties, is stressing his own, relatively untarnished record.
"I'm the candidate," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "And there is not just the perception, but the certainty of 20 years of an honest and transparent life and an honorable trajectory."