“A voice message in a private chat, with parliamentarians, that I don’t know how it got to the journalists.” Like this Luca Bernardo, a candidate of the center-right in Milan, describes what happened yesterday regarding the audio published by Repubblica in which he threatened to withdraw if “within this week, 50 thousand euros each from all parties do not arrive to move forward in this campaign” . “I have given a mandate to my lawyer to file a complaint with the judiciary or the postal police “for stolen audio,” I’m afraid that someone has entered this chat, we know the low blows of some left. Former Soviet methods are not ours“, underlines the pediatrician candidate for mayor.
The complaint will start “tomorrow morning, in the competent offices, to understand how and where this thing happened”. Bernardo he believes there may be an ‘intruder’. “And a chat of seven people, there are party secretaries, there are parliamentarians. How it got out I don’t know,” he admits. “I think this is very serious, it affects the privacy of citizens”. As for the hypothesis of taking a step back, “I could never leave. I have to answer to the citizens I have met and have not yet met. This is not the Milan we want”.
“We met with the parties, found a synthesis and had an internal discussion. Funding will arrive, we will see the accounts in the coming days. The request was a starting point, whatever comes will be fine “, he later stressed.
“Many citizens of Milan have offered to subsidize the campaign” in the last few hours, he told reporters. “I asked for an effort, I am a doctor on loan to politics, I have always worked in the public”, he justified himself. “My method and my style are those of transparency. For me the coalition that supports me is a family. We argue, but the tones are confidential,” he added, referring to the stolen audio.
“If within this week 50 thousand euros do not arrive each from all parties to go ahead in this campaign that costs much more“and” without total harmony on the electoral campaign “, Monday morning “at 10 I call a press conference and say that I will withdraw from the electoral contest”, Bernardo’s ultimatum, candidate in the audio sent to the secretaries of the parties that support him and published on the La Repubblica website. “I leave you the message so it remains black and white”, he continues in the audio, “but I kindly ask you, as secretaries of the responsible parties, that if by this week they do not arrive at least 50 thousand euros each for all parties to move forward. in this campaign that costs much more, because to do it you also have to spend, I call a press conference on Monday morning at 10 and I will say that I am withdrawing from the electoral contest. This is the last message I leave you because we cannot go on like this “, explains the Milan mayoral candidate for the center-right.