Historical figure of the PSDB, a party to which he was a member for almost 35 years, Arthur Virgílio defends support for the current mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes (MDB), in the municipal elections to prevent the victory of federal deputy Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), who, in his assessment, it would be a “disaster”.
Virgílio, former minister of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of FHC and former mayor of Manaus (AM), left the PSDB after a disagreement regarding the party’s command in Amazonas. In the 2022 elections, he declared support for former president Jair Bolsonaro in the second round.
According to the former tucano, in the current context of polarization in the country, Nunes would be the best alternative to “face the strength of the PT with the support of Lula” that Boulos has in the elections. “Obviously, I would prefer Mayor Ricardo to win [Nunes] for many reasons. One, he was Bruno Covas’s deputy. When Bruno passes away, he takes over, I mean, he gained good administrative experience during this entire period”, he says.
In the former federal deputy’s assessment, Boulos would have “no” management experience. “Besides he is an extremist person, [participou de] movement linked to building invasions. So, I understand that, for all reasons, common sense dictates supporting and voting for Ricardo Nunes”, he adds.
“He has everything to prevent what, for me, would be a disaster, from happening, the victory of a person with Boulos’ characteristics to govern a city as important as São Paulo”, adds Virgílio.
The former FHC minister states that the psolista’s management would be “the same or worse” than that of former mayor Fernando Haddad, current Minister of Finance. “He [Boulos] He’s always done politics by invading buildings, it’s an urban MST thing. He’s a person I wouldn’t want to run a city as important as São Paulo.”
Virgílio also argues that the municipal elections can be understood as a preview of the general ones in 2026. “I think that both sides are understanding that this is a preview of 2026. I think there will be a very strong participation from both Lula and of former president Bolsonaro.”
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