I admit I am predisposed to more than a small dose of skepticim to many of the claims of Movimiento Progresista over fraud or other irregularities in the 2012 elections, given that a lot of strong words and denunciations have been hurled the past weeks but very little substantive evidence has appeared.
The behavior of AMLO's campaign coordinator Ricardo Monreal leaves much to be desired in this regard, and I am putting this mildly. He has been shooting off very serious allegations that for sure could be true, but for which he has presented not an iota of concrete evidence.
His recent antics is his most spectacular so far - a law of diminishing returns also applies to fraud accusations, to be sure:
That Agustín Carstens, head of Mexico's central bank, has falsified a document in order to cover up illegal transfer of money to a bank account Monreal claims was used by the PRI campaign. He also has charged him with money laundering and other financial crimes, and said he would go to SIEDO, or the organized crime unit of the attorney general, in order to denounce all this, tomorrow.
I would be very surprised if he has anything at all substantive. Despite supposedly being a lawyer by training, Monreal has at times demonstrated a lack of knowledge of even basic legal and political concepts, in the process discrediting the left's cause even further.
AMLO, however, seems fully convinced of the charges, claiming in his Twitter account that "The Bank of Mexico altered the electronic receipt of a transfer of money to protect Videgaray," a reference to Peña Nieto's campaign manager Luis Videgaray.
Monreal, whom AMLO recruited from the PRI to become PRD governor (he since switched to PT and then MC), is a man who has AMLO's full confidence. Monreal better have something substantive this time, as both he and his boss face complete ridicule if their charge will also be left unsubstantiated.
Monreal va contra Banxico. El Universal, Aug. 26, 2012