The step, with efforts exceeding expectations, is completed: and the Carneade who harangued the listeners of a popular Roman broadcaster since yesterday is the official candidate of the center-right for the Capitol. What an ascent, that of Enrico Michetti, lawyer and columnist with a taste for provocation on Radio Radio: the name pleasing to Giorgia Meloni (and to the magic circle that includes the group leader in the Chamber Francesco Lollobrigida) has passed – we read this morning on Republic – after a stumbling block by the leader, who gradually over the last month had increased the pressure on the allies, so that they were convinced that Michetti, officially without party flags, was really the “Mr. Wolf” able to solve the problems: in particular those of a coalition shaken by the struggle for leadership, by the controversy over the federation, by the Copasir case.
In the end, tired of the postponements, Meloni took the necessary steps – together with Ignazio La Russa – to sensitize Berlusconi and convince him to let the force wall already come to the capital. Thus, faced with the always effective indication of the numbers made by the leaders of Fdi al Cavaliere (in the polls the Melonians in Rome are on 25 and Fi on 8), Antonio Tajani also had to put away the Gasparri card. The rest are details, adjustments of the balance: the final idea, that of giving the rank of pro-mayor to Simonetta Matone, the other civic in the race sponsored by Salvini and Tajani, was by Vittorio Sgarbi, who in the meantime reveals that he has torn to the “tribune of the radio” an appointment as potential councilor for culture.
Thus, in any case, at least a semblance of equal dignity was also given to Lega and Forza Italia. Then the compensations in the other local authorities will arrive: on Milan – we still read on Republic – the choice will be of the secretary of the League, who still does not have a real candidate and presumably will draw in a trio of civics composed of Oscar di Montagny, Maurizio Dallocchio and Fabio Minoli, with Maurizio Lupi in the unusual role of outsider and maybe , who knows, a pro-mayor also under the Madonnina (Gabriele Albertini). Come on Italy? It will have the candidate of the Calabria Region, in the person of the group leader in the Chamber Roberto Occhiuto, but Salvini needs to talk about it first with the governor Spirlì, who does not seem enthusiastic. And the Azzurri will also be nominated in Bologna, disputed between Senator Andrea Cangini and the publisher Roberto Mugavero. In Turin the appointment of Paolo Damilano is official, on Naples the tug-of-war continues between the leaders and the magistrate Catello Maresca, who does not want party symbols. But the man of the day is Michetti, emboldened to the point of promising to give back to Rome “the role of caput mundi”.
There is to understand it, so much boldness, after having gone up a river of mistrust of the same right. Since his name came to the fore – Repubblica spoke of it first on 11 May – the “tribune of the radio” has clashed with the sarcasm of Francesco Storace (“who is the man dressed in white at St. Peter’s next to Michetti? “) and Gasparri (” I’d be careful before recruiting strangers “) and then with some memorable gaffes: from” vaccines as doping “to the” Roman salute which is more hygienic “. Not to mention the investigation by the Court of Auditors on a series of orders given between 2008 and 2014 by the Lazio regional council to Michetti’s company. With these shadows, however, the lawyer has earned a place with a view of the Capitol, alongside Matone. According to the polls, Michetti would be favored with Gualtieri in the ballot, the magistrate would have a better chance in a dispute with Raggi. Combining them in a ticket is the challenge of a center-right “who will be quarrelsome – rejoices Lollobrigida – but in decisive moments finds himself united”.