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Nicolás del Caño

Nicolás Del Caño
Caño in 2018
National Deputy
Assumed office
10 December 2021
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
In office
10 December 2017 – 10 June 2021
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
In office
10 December 2013 – 4 December 2015
ConstituencyMendoza
Personal details
Born (1980-02-06) 6 February 1980 (age 44)
Córdoba, Argentina
Political partySocialist Workers'
Other political
affiliations
Workers' Left Front (since 2011)
Alma materNational University of Cuyo

Nicolás del Caño (born 6 February 1980) is an Argentine politician from the Socialist Workers' Party.[1] He was twice the presidential candidate for the Workers' Left Front (FIT).

Political career

Early career

In 2006 he moved to Mendoza to help build the PTS in that province. He later entered to the National University of Cuyo, where he studied sociology[2] while he had several jobs, such as selling ties or working in a call center.[3][4][5][6]

He won a seat for the Workers' Left Front in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies for Mendoza Province at the 2013 Argentine legislative election.[1] This post was rotated with Soledad Sosa.[1]

During the 2011 elections he was candidate for Governor of Mendoza Province, managing 1.6% of votes.[7] However, it was a surprise when, during the primary elections for the 2013 Argentinian legislative elections he managed to obtain 7.6% of votes,[4][8] which caused his rivals in the Democrat Party to accuse him in a video of aiming to "expropriate" citizens and to try and convert Mendoza into "Fidel Castro's Cuba". The video was quickly parodied[9] and was even compared to Herminio Iglesias' coffin controversy by a Democrat Party leader.[10]

Congressman

Nicolás Del Caño during a press conference (2015).

In 2013, Del Caño was elected as national deputy, obtaining 14% of votes in the elections, positioning the PTS in the third place and sending the traditional Democratic Party of Mendoza to fourth place.[11][12] During his political campaign, he questioned the high salaries of politicians and proposed that minimum wage be equivalent to a teacher's, which he later presented as a bill and he himself lowered his own salary by donating the better part of it to striking workers, which, according to himself, was inspired by the members of the Paris Commune of 1871.[13][14][15]

Once he took office as deputy, he challenged the fact that his fellow deputy Diego Mestre from the Radical Civic Union was allowed to take office too, arguing he had usurped his seat and had taken it from the FIT through fraud. Unlike the rest of the coalitions in Congress, Del Caño and the FIT refused to vote Julián Domínguez as president of the Chamber of Deputies. Such was the case too with the Deputies' vice-president.[16]

As deputy, he presented several bills proposing the nationalization of oil, prohibiting outsourcing, dismantling the State's repressive forces, including government espionage and the criminalization of social protests, demanding the declassification of files ranging from times of the Dictatorship to the current government, and questioning the existence of a political caste with higher salaries, proposing they be reduced to that of a teacher or a qualified worker. Most of his electoral propositions became bills once he took office as deputy.[17][18][19][20]

During a strike of laid-off workers of Lear Corporation in 2014 at their factory in General Pacheco, within Greater Buenos Aires; Del Caño was attacked with rubber bullets from the National Gendarmerie while he was supporting a picket line in the Pan-American Highway. Later, as he was attending a session in the chamber of deputies, he was harassed by bureaucrats of the Mechanics and Allied Automotive Transport Trade Union (SMATA from its Spanish acronym), a union that has publicly supported the layoffs of delegates and dissident activists.[21][22] After Del Caño's complaint, judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado ordered that the National Gendarmerie could no longer make operations within the highway.[23]

Presidential candidate

Above: Adolfo Rodríguez Saá, Daniel Scioli, Margarita Stolbizer. Below: Mauricio Macri, Del Caño and Sergio Massa. 2015 presidential candidates.

In 2015 he was the FIT's candidate for mayor of Mendoza, managing to obtain 16,9% of votes in second place, surpassing the official candidate Carlos Aranda of the Front for Victory, a result never before seen for any leftist force to an executive position in the country.[24][25][26] Later that year he was the FIT's presidential candidate, managing to win the primary election against Jorge Altamira[27] and getting fourth place in the presidential elections in October with 3,27% of votes.

2017 elections

In March 2017, the PTS announced Del Caño as pre-candidate to deputy for the Province of Buenos Aires to represent the FIT in the legislative elections. This had negative repercussions from the rest of the FIT's member parties, since they argued that they should have presented common lists to prevent quarrels within the FIT. Néstor Pitrola (PO) was especially emphatic about Del Caño appearing as pre-candidate for the Province of Buenos Aires when the previous election he had already contended as deputy for Mendoza. He said: "they bring Del Caño as candidate for the province where he has no relation. This is parachuting him in the same style as the other parties and will undoubtedly affect the FIT in Mendoza". Juan Carlos Giordano (IS) declared: "We do not agree with the PTS in presenting their electoral campaign one-sidedly when the right thing to do is that all three parties do so and present a unified list"[28] In that sense, Giordano himself, representing his party, made a proposition to prevent inner squarrels in the FIT, consisting in presenting Pitrola as heading the list for deputies and Del Caño heading the list for senators[29]

In the end, the FIT agreed in unified lists for all districts where they contended, with Nicolás Del Caño as candidate for the Province of Buenos Aires and Néstor Pitrola as candidate for senator.[30] Del Caño received 5,54% of votes and starting in December 2017 led the PTS-FIT parliamentary bloc alongside Nathalia González Seligra.[31]

2019 elections

He was the FIT-U's candidate for president, running with Romina Del Plá for vice-president.

2021 elections

He was elected as a national deputy for Buenos Aires Province.[32]

Electoral history

Executive

Electoral history of Nicolás del Caño
Election Office List Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
2015 President of Argentina Workers' Left Front 812,530 3.23% 4th Not elected [33]
2019 Workers' Left Front 579,228 2.16% 4th Not elected [34]
2023 Vice President of Argentina Workers' Left Front 722,061 2.70% 5th Not elected [35]

Legislative

Electoral history of Nicolás del Caño
Election Office List # District Votes Result Ref.
Total % P.
2013 National Deputy Workers' Left Front 1 Mendoza Province 143,381 14.03% 3rd[a] Elected [36]
2017 Workers' Left Front 1 Buenos Aires Province 497,665 5.34% 4th[a] Elected [37]
2021 Workers' Left Front 1 Buenos Aires Province 609,158 6.82% 4th[a] Elected [38]
  1. ^ a b c Presented on an electoral list. The data shown represents the share of the vote the entire party/alliance received in that constituency.

References

  1. ^ a b c http://www.diariouno.com.ar/mendoza/Nicolas-Del-Cao-compartira-la-banca-con-Soledad-Sosa-Empezamos-a-escribir-otra-historia-dijo--20131028-0009.html report on his election with photo (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Este es Nicolás Del Caño, el candidato revelación de las PASO en Mendoza". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Conocé los candidatos y las boletas que encontrarás en el cuarto oscuro". El Sol. 20 October 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Quién es Nicolás del Caño, la gran sorpresa de las PASO en Mendoza". La Política Online. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Perfil". Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  6. ^ "NICOLÁS DEL CAÑO". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ Dirección Nacional Electoral. "ELECCIONES NACIONALES - 13 DISTRITO MENDOZA - 23 de octubre de 2011" (PDF). Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  8. ^ Dirección Nacional Electoral. "Resultados Definitivos PASO 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  9. ^ "El PD le pega duro a Nicolás Del Caño en un video pero rápidamente apareció una parodia". Diario UNO. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  10. ^ Calivares, Daniel (30 October 2013). "Crisis en el PD: "El video que le hicieron a Del Caño es el cajón de Herminio Iglesias del ´83"". Diario UNO. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  11. ^ Dirección Nacional Electoral. "Mendoza – Diputados Nacionales" (PDF). Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Cobos ganó y la izquierda se consolidó como tercera fuerza".
  13. ^ "Del Caño explicó cómo cobrar lo mismo que un docente siendo diputado - MDZ Online". Archived from the original on 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  14. ^ Telenoche (22 January 2014). "El último romántico". TvPTS. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Rendición de cuentas de Nicolás del Caño".
  16. ^ "La izquierda recordó a Mariano Ferreyra y prometió legislar para "la clase obrera"". Terra. 4 December 2013. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Del Caño quiere nacionalizar la industria de hidrocarburos - Sitio Andino". 23 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Prohibir ya los despidos y suspensiones". 12 June 2016.
  19. ^ "La izquierda quiere abrir los archivos de la represión de la ex SIDE – Parlamentario".
  20. ^ "Impulsan un proyecto de ley para que legisladores y ministros ganen igual que los docentes". Infobae. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2018..
  21. ^ "Diputados de todos los partidos se solidarizaron con Del Caño tras la represión de Gendarmería". Diario Los Andes. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2018..
  22. ^ Ortelli, Ignacio (10 September 2014). "Militantes de SMATA abuchean a diputados opositores". Clarin. Retrieved 30 October 2018..
  23. ^ "Gendarmería no podrá intervenir más en los cortes de ruta en la Panamericana". Infobae. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2018..
  24. ^ "Ciudad de Mendoza | Elecciones P.A.S.O. Municipales 2015". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  25. ^ "Del Caño y el misterio del segundo lugar del podio". 4 May 2015.
  26. ^ Olivera, Cinthia (4 May 2015). "El FIT quedó segundo, desplazó al PJ y ganó un edil". Diario Los Andes. Retrieved 30 October 2018..
  27. ^ Ruiz, Iván (10 August 2015). "Del Caño rompió todos los pronósticos y superó a Altamira en la interna de la izquierda". La Nación. Retrieved 30 October 2018..
  28. ^ Soria Guadalupe, Alan; Silva da Sousa, Marcelo (14 March 2017). "El PTS ya presentó candidatos y hay enojos en el Frente de Izquierda". La Nación. Retrieved 22 May 2017..
  29. ^ "Propuesta para lista única del FIT en las PASO: Del Caño (PTS) Senador - Pitrola (PO) Diputado". Izquierda Socialista. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  30. ^ "El Frente de Izquierda se adelantó y acordó listas de unidad". Clarin. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2018..
  31. ^ "Argentina: asumieron los diputados obreros y socialistas del Frente de Izquierda". La Izquierda Diario. 6 December 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  32. ^ Del Plá, Romina (14 November 2021). "Romina Del Plá: "La gran elección de la izquierda, un punto de apoyo para enfrentar el pacto con el FMI"". Workers' Party (Argentina) (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  33. ^ "Elecciones 2015". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  34. ^ "Elecciones 2019". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 4 February 2023.[permanent dead link]
  35. ^ "Balotaje 2023: Sergio Massa y Javier Milei ponen la fiscalización y el debate como prioridades en su agenda". El Intra (in Spanish). 10 November 2023. Retrieved 13 November 2023.
  36. ^ "Elecciones 2013". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  37. ^ "Elecciones 2017". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  38. ^ "Elecciones 2021". argentina.gob.ar (in Spanish). Dirección Nacional Electoral. Retrieved 4 February 2023.[permanent dead link]
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