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Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013

Vega names leftist-leaning son of Jorge Hank Rhon to be head of Tijuana section of state cultural institute

       In a move that has left many scratching their heads, new Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega has named a son of gambling magnate and former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon to head the state's cultural institute in Tijuana.

       The son, César Hank Inzunza, succeeds Jesús Flores Campbell, the new head of the Municipal Institute for Art and Culture (IMAC) under new Mayor Jorge Astiazarán.

        El Mexicano newspaper reported that Hank Inzunza helped organize an event where Vega met with Tijuana cultural figures during the gubernatorial campaign. The paper said Hank Inzunza sat to Vega's left at the event.

        While Hank Rhon is a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, and Vega is a member of the National Action Party (PAN), Hank Inzunza has been more left-leaning, and supported the 2012 presidential campaign of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who ran on the ticket of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD). In the July 7 gubernatorial election, Vega's PAN ran in a coalition with the PRD.

       While Hank appeared at the closing campaign rally of PRI gubernatorial candidate Fernando Castro Trenti, it was rumored that he secretly supported Vega, as Hank had wanted to be the PRI candidate again to avenge his loss in the 2007 gubernatorial campaign and was angered that Castro Trenti outmaneuvered him for the nomination. Zeta newspaper reported in an unsourced story that Vega and Hank met shortly after the election at Hank's Caliente complex.

    Front-page story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.