Tensions between the two Buenos Aires run-off mayoral candidates have come to a head as FPV candidate Daniel Filmus yesterday accused his opponent, Mauricio Macri of running a “dirty campaign”.
Speaking at a press conference, Daniel Filmus and running mate Carlos Tomada accused the PRO of carrying out “fake” telephone polls to voters in which they linked Filmus’ father to Sergio Schoklender, who is under investigation for money-laundering. Filmus’ father was present at the conference.
According to local media, voters received phone calls asking this question: “Did you know that Daniel Filmus’ father is an architect and one of Sergio Schoklender’s main contractors? Now that you know Filmus’ father is involved with Schoklender, will you still vote for him?”
Filmus responded: “My family doesn’t deserve this, and my father is not an architect.”
The call centres in question, now under inspection by Judge Ariel Lijo, are all owned by Macri’s campaign manager, Jaime Duran Barba.
Tomada said: “Durán Barba and Macri used tactics that should condemned by all sectors of society.
“The company sending out these messages, Connectic SRL, have been contracted by the government.”
Macri and Barba have flatly denied the accusations, describing them as “entirely false” and “a last ditch attempt”.