One month and 20 days after his first National Executive Committee, Alberto Núñez Feijóo will complete the first phase of the organic renewal of the PP. On Monday, the president of the popular ones will appoint some intermediate positions in Genoa and will leave other secretaries, such as Justice, from which Enrique López, adviser to the government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso and one of Pablo Casado’s star signings, leaves. . His powers will be assumed by Esteban González Pons, deputy secretary of the party’s Institutional area.
In addition, Feijóo will “remodel” the direction of the parliamentary groups, with changes in the second row of Congress and the Senate and promoting new profiles in the distribution of the game in the Courts, as this newspaper has learned. Sources from Genoa assure this newspaper that the plan for the National Executive Committee on Monday is for Cuca Gamarra to continue as spokesperson in Congress, but there is no confirmation on the continuity of Javier Maroto as spokesperson in the Senate: Feijóo has not yet risen or thumb down.
Not in vain, the Galician leader himself will land in the Upper House, as a senator by regional appointment, to try to measure himself with Sánchez in a “duel of presidents”. So the choice of his parliamentary squire is crucial. Initially, Genoa considered that it was a woman (for example, Ana Alós) who would take the reins of the party in the Upper House together with the president, but the “good impression” that Maroto has made on the new leader in the committees of direction in recent weeks and the explicit support of Miguel Tellado, deputy secretary of Organization, play in favor of the former mayor of Vitoria.
In the case of Gamarra, all the sources consulted in the leadership of the PP assure that her continuity as spokesperson in the Lower House was already planned when Feijóo named her number two. In other words, it brings about the division into three of the powers exercised by the previous secretary general, Teodoro García Egea. On the one hand, the representation of the party and the daily spokesperson tasks, which Gamarra maintains. On the other, the general coordination of the party, exercised by Elías Bendodo. And finally, the daily treatment of organic matters, which is now managed by Tellado. “These two are the biggest plumbers in Genoa, so that Cuca can continue to lead in Congress and focus on confronting Sánchez,” settles a leader in charge in Genoa.
In any case, Feijóo’s idea is to reduce the leadership of the party. If he first cut the number of Genoa deputy secretaries, he will now write off several Area secretaries. In addition to Justice, Pons will carry “in the first person” the powers of Defense and Constitutional Policy. In other words, in addition to the negotiation for the renewal of the CGPJ, he himself will deal with the issues of the war in Ukraine or the modernization of the Monarchy.
In this way, González Pons accumulates one of the largest quotas of power of the popular and not only in Spain: the only candidate for the presidency of the European People’s Party, the German Manfred Weber, has the Spaniard as his vice president from the congress of the party of the next May 31 and June 1, where the leadership of the European popular family will be renewed.
Pons’ department will have MEP Gabriel Mato as executive secretary for International Policy, replacing Valentina Fernández. Neither will Pablo Hispán, former director of Casado’s Cabinet, repeat in the position of coordinator on these issues.
For his part, Antonio Rodríguez Miranda will be executive secretary of the PP abroad (replacing Ana Vázquez), under the coordination of Tellado, who will also propose Carmen Fúnez as head of the Electoral Action area, replacing Vicente Betoret. In addition, the former mayor of Guadalajara, Antonio Román, will be executive secretary of Municipal Policy and Large Cities, and will report to the deputy secretary of Autonomous Policy, Pedro Rollán.
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