An emerging political force, as opposed to the “traditional” formulas of the left, such as the PSOE… which is less novelty every day and more part of the conventional political spectrum. Her presence during all this time in the Madrid Assembly, where she has served as the main opposition party, has made Mónica García and her formation a benchmark for the left, with her personal way of understanding the political struggle and, also, the “mud of the debate”, in bitter confrontations with the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.
Now, before the next elections, he tries to bury the controversy of his recent scandal on account of the energy bonus. Something that earned him criticism within his own formation and inoculated confusion in his campaign speech. On the back of this scandal, the “other leader” of the left, the socialist Juan Lobato, has risen, who is fighting to seize the position of head of the opposition in the Community of Madrid. Mónica García, she assures, will fight. In this sense, the Más Madrid candidate for the Presidency of the region repeats to anyone who wants to hear her that her formation “has no ceiling” and is “the only alternative” in the City Council of the capital and the Community of Madrid. All in an attempt to redouble bets and lend a hand to her candidate for the Consistory, Rita Maestre.
Regarding this political struggle, Juan Carlos Jiménez Redondo, professor of the History of Thought and Social Movements at the San Pablo CEU University and an expert political analyst, affirms to LA RAZÓN that Mónica García “is the story of a waning leadership. In reality, the freshness of the speech and her connection with that urban, cosmopolitan left-wing voter, attracted by environmentalism and the idea of transformation that promoted him two years ago seems greatly diminished today ». Jiménez Redondo goes a step further and ventures that “so much so that it seems to be in serious difficulty to maintain that second position. The case of the social bonus was much more important than it seems, because it revealed that contradiction inherent in a left-wing discourse focused on the underprivileged and denouncing the intrinsic evil of the “egoists” on the right, but carried out by highly wealthy people. that, on top of that, they take advantage of the benefits of the Welfare State more focused on helping those who have less ».
The professor of History of Thought and Social Movements at the San Pablo CEU University, however, affirms that “its strong point continues to be its ability to be able to replace the PSOE among the youngest voters, and among those more defined by post-material values , that is, quality of life, environmentalism, new urbanism, etc.; than for material values attached to more immediate life needs”. Hence, he says, “his big mistake is to persist in a discourse of privatization and abandonment of public services that, although it can be shared in some cases, is not perceived as something typical of Madrid or a consequence of Ayuso’s management, for what does not generate adhesions, because it is perceived as unreal and exaggerated. In addition, he has added some imprecise and highly confusing elements, such as the launch of the Madrid, 15-minute city campaign. Or some proposals that have always been rejected in Madrid such as the tourist tax ».
In short, says Jiménez Redondo, “it is striking how a candidate who says she wants to talk only about Madrid, Madrid, Madrid… knows only a part of the population of the Community. Her project could succeed if she was able not only to mobilize her own, but essentially, to demobilize the right-wing voter. If she opts for confrontation and polarization, her bet will always be a loser.”
For his part, Pablo Martín Díez, academic director of the Educational Institution for Analysis, Leadership, Political Studies and Humanism (ALEPH), points out that “Mónica García has the strength to be recognized as the alternative to Isabel Díaz Ayuso. During these two years she has served as leader of the opposition and has tried to maintain a personal duel with the president of the Community of Madrid, especially in relation to Health in order to try to enhance her medical profile ». However, Martín Díaz takes up the point that so many have also highlighted, insisting that “he has recently suffered a major setback, since there has been a dissonance between his personal account and his actions: he requested the resignation of the vice president of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ossorio, for collecting the thermal social bonus when her husband did exactly the same. This bankruptcy between storytelling and storydoing tends to forcefully affect left-wing candidates, as was already seen after the controversy over Pablo Iglesias and his house in Galapagar.
Finally, for Manuel Mostaza, global head of Public Affairs at Atrevia, “it does not seem to have finished consolidating the sorpasso to the PSOE in Madrid, and Juan Lobato, the PSOE candidate, is an adversary who plays in his field in terms of youth and friendly and modern speech. Against him, the controversies that he has had lately do not benefit him ». Mónica García, in summary, faces May 28 with too many ballasts. She has lost the brilliance of newcomers and the freshness of his speech. Now her story is too similar to that of Lobato’s PSOE and her repeated “exemplary nature”, aired so many times, appears stained. The leadership of the opposition, his leadership, does not appear so clear.