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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013

Ensenada Green Party councilman who ran for Senate last year is named federal environmental representative for the state

Alfonso Blancafort, a University of San Diego graduate, essentially cost the PRI one if not two federal Senate seats last year by running; he has been a thorn in the side of Ensenada mayor

      Alfonoso BlancafortAlfonso Blancafort, an Ensenada councilman for the Green Party who essentially cost the Institutional Revolutionary Party one if not two federal Senate seats for Baja California, has been the federal government's environment representative in the state.

       Blancafort will be the representative for the Environmental and Natural Resources Ministry (Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, or Semarnat) in the administration of the PRI's Enrique Peña Nieto.

       The PRI and the Green Party had a coalition in last year's presidential election and in many national congressional races, but Blancafort said he decided to run for the Senate in part because he disagreed with the PRI's nomination of Eligio Valencia Roque. Tens of thousands voters, thinking there was a coalition between the PRI and the Green Party in the Senate race just as there was in the presidential and Chamber of Deputies races, put X's on their ballots for the PRI and Green Party candidates, nullifying their votes. This allowed the National Action Party to win two Senate seats and a leftist coalition to win the third.

       The PRI and the Green Party are in coalition again this year for Baja California's July 7 election, which includes a governor's race. If he does not like any major PRI candidates this time, he very may well keep quiet about it.

       Blancafort, a graduate of the University of San Diego, also has been a thorn in the side of Ensenada Mayor Enrique Pelayo, also a member of the PRI.       

Frontera's political page mentions Blancafort's designation (PDF).

Final disposition of Senate race.