J.J.Rendón: “Castañeda should start praying”


By Daniel Yovera for Perú21
Translated and edited by Jorge Riveros-Cayo

J.J.Rendón: “Castañeda should start praying”
J.J. Rendón says Castañeda made too many clumsy mistakes during his campaign. (Photos: Peru21)

What would have to happen in order for Luis Castañeda to pass to the second round of elections? Venezuela’s savvy political advisor, Juan José Rendón, says, “I think he needs to pray to God and maybe light a candle to his favorite saint.”

From Miami, Rendón is keeping a watchful eye on Peru’s presidential campaign, especially on Castañeda’s campaign, who could have been his client if it were not for some working visa issues that prevented him from becoming Castañeda’s campaign advisor, he says. Rendón says Lima’s ex mayor has very little chances of winning the elections unless a miracle occurs.

What happened with Castañeda’s campaign?

“There is a saying, “too many hands in a pot will darken the soup” and I think too many people were involved in his campaign generating chaos and disorder. The most important decisions have to be made with order,” says Rendón.

Perú21 accesed information that indicates Castañeda’s campaign lost all direction a month ago. Many blame this on Walter Menchola, the real orchestrator of the campaign (José Luna is formally in charge after Marco Parra quit).

“The comments I have received is that there is no consistency in the campaign. For example, the whole situation of María Sol Corral – the Ecuadorian lady that Castañeda tagged as his “amulet” – was a disaster. It was a distraction to cover a subject nobody was talking about. Nobody was questioning Castañeda’s sexual option,” says Rendón.

“There is nothing more powerful than the truth. If Castañeda wanted to construct a story around him, he could have asked one of his real female friends to be photographed with him by the paparazzi, and the story would have had more consistency. But they were so clumsy that, four days later, the press knew the Corral affair was not true.”

Rendón doesn’t lose hopes of coming back to support any candidate in order to defeat Ollanta Humala who he considers the representative of Hugo Chávez in Peru. “It is an ideological and personal issue, a question of fighting for democracy,” he says.