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Excélsior columnist Leo Zuckermann on Thursday made amends again on Thursday for columnist Denise Dresser's statement on a TV broadcast that she wished teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo would die during her next plastic surgery. On the Feb. 22 "Es la hora de opinar" (It's time to give our opinion), Zuckermann, the conductor of the program, asked Dresser what should be done about the widely disliked teachers union leader whose star has fallen in the last year. He wrote that Dresser replied, "My first instinct, which I think is that of many of our viewers, is to think ... and it pains me to say it, but I know this is shared with others, that she dies in her next plastic surgery."
Zuckermann said Gordillo's daughter, Mónica Arriola, a top official in Gordillo's New Alliance Party, published a statement four days later in four newspapers criticizing Zuckermann for the way he conducted the program. Zuckermann responded on the TV show that he did not wish death on Gordillo or anyone else. He wrote Thursday's column after teachers in Guerrero state published a statement in Milenio criticizing Dresser and Zuckermann for their "mad statements," not taking into account Zuckermann's response on the TV show.
Zuckermann's column (PDF).
Update, March 9: Tijuana columnist Óscar Genel says Gordillo will fall from power, just as her predecessor Carlos Jongitud did. Story, Frontera (PDF).