If, or at any time, Isabel Diaz Ayuso wins the second election in Spain, she will be confirmed as the country’s fastest-growing political star.
The 42-year-old president of rural Madrid is running with the main opposition People’s Party (PP).
Described by some as popular, they have strong public-speaking expressions that seem to delight and contradict.
His tweet he wrote before the May 4 vote shouted: “Communism or FREEDOM”.
Since taking over as PP regional leader in 2019, Ayuso has spent a lot of time with false rumors such as traffic jams at 3am in Madrid and part of the city’s culture, and that when it comes to air pollution, “no one is dead”.
On Tuesday it seems that Ayuso’s policies are increasing the number of PP seats in Madrid’s parliament.
By doing so, the right-wing Ciudadanos party, which was a major ally in its alliance, could lose all its candidates.
“The great success of the PP may be the most important thing in government, above all ideology,” Oriol Bartomeus, a professor of Political Science at Universidad Autónoma in Barcelona, told Al Jazeera. “It would inspire people to think that the time for PP is coming.”
Such a victory could also boost Ayuso’s chances of qualifying for Spain one day and provide an opportunity to challenge Spanish President Pedro Sánchez.
An enthusiastic discussion of the possible battles in the PP leadership, when it comes to criticizing Sánchez, a Scythian, Ayuso does not need much encouragement.
“He is succeeding because he decided to have a government, and to make himself President Sanchez,” Bartomeus said.
“The use of this method does not harm him in politics in a region like Madrid, which” – and the PP who ruled for more than two decades – “has been leaning for years. It has allowed him to be on the road to celebrating the campaign since becoming President of Madrid.
“Some of his constituents want a self-governing government that runs Madrid. But another part of pro-Diaz Ayuso’s vote on Tuesday will be anti-Sanchez. “
Ayuso’s ongoing struggle with the central government over what he considers to be the strictest epidemic rules, including the keeping of bars and shopping spaces in Madrid longer than other parts of Spain, has been widely praised by a large part of the work in Madrid.
He has also made a special beer called Ayuso in the election, which has the words: “Let no one take our lives.”
He is said to be talking about freedom fighters in Madrid as they face the government, a line that was clearly visible to PP voters.
But critics say the determination to protect the capital’s economy comes at a much higher cost, recognizing that health services in Madrid face the second-most-common threat in all regions of Spain. Forty-four of his ICU medical beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.
His fierce criticism of the well-known left-wing rival in Madrid, Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias – “He was born a villain, to do evil,” he added – was probably very popular with voters who were careless.
Given the temporary success, he may need the right-wing Vox party to form a government in the parliament in Madrid. In the meantime, this could cost him money on PP’s generous wings.
In the meantime, Ayuso wants to win a run-off election on Tuesday that should include political responses beyond Spain’s richest region.
“I compare him to Donald Trump,” says Bartomeus, “not so much because of his personality, but according to his methods, and the way his former opponents mocked him, just as Democrats did with Trump in the past.
“Then, like Trump, when his detractors realized he hadn’t approached the agent as much as he thought, he was too late.”