Bologna, Lepore will run as mayor. The axis with grillini and movements wins

Bologna, Lepore will run as mayor. The axis with grillini and movements wins
Bologna, Lepore will run as mayor. The axis with grillini and movements wins

by Valerio Baroncini The Pd looking to the grillini, to the left-left and the Sardines clearly beats the Pd looking to the center and, obliquely, to Italia Viva. Matteo Lepore, councilor for culture of the Merola junta and expression of the dem orthodoxy, exceeds by five thousand votes Isabella Conti, the mayor of San Lazzaro who first challenged the red coop and then, with a proposal by Matteo Renzi, the (former) big game. The most lacerating primaries in the history of the Emilian center-left (comparisons between Conti and Salvini, disputes at the market, appeals and insults, logic against the heart) end up 59.6 to 40.4%, with a participation of over 26 thousand people, almost as high as ten years ago for the choice of Virgionio Merola. It is a result of national value, which supports Enrico Letta and …

by Valerio Baroncini

The Democratic Party looking to the grillini, to the left-left and the Sardines clearly beats the Democratic Party looking to the center and, obliquely, to Italia Viva. Matteo Lepore, councilor for culture of the Merola junta and expression of the dem orthodoxy, exceeds by five thousand votes Isabella Conti, the mayor of San Lazzaro who first challenged the red coop and then, with a proposal by Matteo Renzi, the (former) big game. The most lacerating primaries in the history of the Emilian center-left (comparisons between Conti and Salvini, disputes at the market, appeals and insults, logic against the heart) end up 59.6 to 40.4%, with a participation of over 26 thousand people, almost as high as ten years ago for the choice of Virgionio Merola. It is a result of national value, which underpins Enrico Letta and strengthens the relationship with Giuseppe Conte, not surprisingly both of them took the field for Lepore. Without ifs and buts. But it also opens up a coalition perimeter issue: will the moderates now team up with the left and the 5 Star Movement? And will the former mayor of Firenz remain in the sand after the Isabellian defeat, as the mayor had defined herself precisely to dribble the original sin of ‘renzism’?

In the land of the Bolognina turning point, here where the Communist Party broke down in 1989 in a neighborhood secretariat now in the hands of the Chinese, but where the most important former red federation in Europe still sails around 40%, no he therefore realizes the “Gentile Revolution” prophesied also by Lepore’s fellow councilors (and ‘enemies’), parliamentarians and European exponents such as Elisabetta Gualmini. For Isabella Conti, VIPs such as the stylist Elisabetta Franchi or the singer-songwriter Cesare Cremonini also took the field. But the likes have not become mobilization and, in a national laboratory, the democratic center of gravity shifts. Lepore will be supported by two forces that were in the opposition: the grillini and the critical left that welcomes, in addition to the courageous Elly Schlein, also former activists of social centers and antagonists who belong to the Civic Coalition under the Towers.

An hour before the polls closed, the councilor on Facebook had posted a photo of Asinelli and Garisenda seen from above, with two red and blue hearts as the only comment. “We are a we printed in the heart of the Po Valley”: this is how Lepore had defined Bologna at the last face to face organized by Carlino. A auspicious auspice with a relaxing lunch on Saturday, together with Franceesco Guccini. And there is already a whole iconography of victory for the first aspiring Bolognese miellennial mayor: the clenched fist as a companion; the Peppa Pig doll given by her daughter for complex moments; the now famous pink surgical masks of the Cynical Beautician, “so you understand what it means to put yourself in a woman’s shoes”, as Margherita, the partner and mother of the children Irma and Orlando, told him.

One move, among others, that allowed him not to be crushed by the gender issue: Isabella Conti was the only woman competing in the primary. Even Romano Prodi had worn this ‘face flag’, only to end up being attacked by Conti for having said that “blood must flow” in the primaries. “Thanks Bologna, from tomorrow we start and it will be a beautiful story. To be written together, without leaving anyone behind”, comments Lepore warmly. He then adds from the house of the Corazza people, in the industrious suburbs: “With this result, Bologna confirms itself as the most progressive city in Italy with a strong and united center-left”. The goal now is the October administrative, which is also aimed at the local secretary dem Luigi Tosiani: “This was the semifinal, we play the final all together”. And Isabella Conti? “The center-left community is now richer. Our dream will continue by joining forces with those who until yesterday were our opponents, now we help Matteo win for Bologna and for all of us”. It’s a respite. Maybe.

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