Who is Francisco Azcué, the radical who buried 40 years of Peronism in Concordia

Who is Francisco Azcué, the radical who buried 40 years of Peronism in Concordia
Who is Francisco Azcué, the radical who buried 40 years of Peronism in Concordia

Francisco Azcue On October 22, he became the first opposition candidate to end the hegemony of the peronism in Concordia, the second largest city in Between rivers and since 1983 bastion of Justicialist Party. The mandate that indicated that to win the province Concordia had to be won was fulfilled in the last elections with the victory of Azcué, the candidate of Together for Change, with almost 44% of the votes. The winner was six points ahead of the Peronist Armando Gay, which took 38%. Third, the candidate Freedom Advances, Edward Beswick he got 18%. Five months after taking office, the young 36-year-old political debutant came under national scrutiny as a result of the floods that hit the city.

“El Gringo”, as he is known in his homeland, is a young criminal lawyer and musician who became famous first for his artistic gifts and then for his foray into politics. The accordion and folklore were the platform that allowed Azcué to walk through stages in the city and throughout the province, with performances at popular festivals since he was little.

Francisco Azcué, a story

Of radical origin, his first contacts with politics date back to 2019, when he assumed the presidency of the Radical Youth. At that time he flirted with a candidacy to challenge the re-election of Enrique Crestobut he did not consolidate himself as a candidate and assumed a position in the Judiciary, as an assistant prosecutor in the Concordia Courts.

During his time in court, his defense of the deputy attorney general gained public notoriety. Cecilia Goyeneche when it was submitted to the Trial Jury. There he was giving notes and participating in public marches questioning the Superior Court of Justice of the province. At that time, she glimpsed the confrontational and blunt profile of her. During the campaign he deepened that profile with peaks of exposure on social networks with videos in which he questioned “dirty practices” that he blamed on his political adversaries.


After those years in the Judiciary, in September of last year he decided to re-evaluate his chances as a candidate and made public a letter in which he announced his resignation from Justice to dedicate himself to politics. Strictly speaking, it was later learned that he had not been able to revalidate his position before the Judicial Council.

He climbed the first step in his career as mayor in April of last year, when he got his space, Radical Evolution, won the party elections and remained in charge of the departmental and city UCR. That victory, which he achieved thanks to the clean and jerk that the figure of his political boss still had, Martin Lousteau, gave him the final push to become the candidate who headed the consensus formula between radicalism, the PRO and the MID for the PASO on August 13. The UCR stayed with the mayor and the PRO put the vice candidate, Magdalena Reta de Urquiza.

Azcué not only won his election but also turned out to be the candidate with the most votes in the city. From then on, and with the open wounds that the internal PJ left, he consolidated himself in the trends as a favorite for the general elections. The great ally of his victory last October was the cutting of the ballot. The candidate recognized it and said, after the victory, that he was not surprised, although he was surprised by the growth of the cut that there was in the general elections with respect to the PASO. “It doesn’t surprise me because I feel the support of the people on the street,” declared the elected mayor, who is married and the father of two children.

Signs of management

As this medium reported, in his first months in power Azcué did not create his own identity: he concentrated on presence in national media and neglected local media; and the official communication failed to establish the perception of a mayor in charge of decision-making.

Unlike Frigerio, the young leader of the UCR It seems more permeable to the splinters that could occur internally in the government coalition. In practice, your closest circle is made up of references from the PRO and radicalism, whom he faced in the PASO, and who move with high levels of autonomy.

In this context, the flooding of the Uruguay River due to flooding in Brazil demanded the evacuation of 500 people in Concordia. “Three very difficult days are coming, a significant flow of water is expected,” said Azcué in the face of the biggest challenge of his short administration.


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