Isabel Laguna I Alcalá de los Gazules (Cádiz), (EFE).- There is a mother in Alcalá de los Gazules (Cádiz) for whom voting in the next municipal elections is especially complicated: her two sons, aged 23 and 25, brothers and rivals, they present themselves as candidates for mayor of the town by different parties, PP and Vox.
Maribel Trujillo knew that this was going to happen “for a long time” because, although she does not like politics “at all”, her children, Miguel Ángel Morales Trujillo, 25 years old and Vox candidate, and Manuel Morales Trujillo, 23 and candidate of the PP, “they love her”, according to an account by telephone to EFE.
He assures that he will not reveal the meaning of his vote or to his children. “They don’t even try, they know what I am like,” she says, while commenting that she supports them in her campaigns as she does with all the routines of her life “as a mother, not as a politician.”
“For example, since the eldest does not have a driver’s license, I take him by car if he has to go somewhere or take material for a campaign table,” he says.
Miguel Ángel and Manuel, who assure that they have a “positive” rivalry, do not discuss politics and even meet for a coffee together after pasting up electoral posters separately, and his mother lived this electoral race with absolute normality until their case has been published today on the front page of the Diario de Cádiz.
“The mess that has been made. All the people of the town stopping me”, she laughs as she confesses that she feels proud that her two children want to “work to help others” and, above all, so that young people do not have to leave this town of little more of 5,000 inhabitants.
A stronghold of the PSOE
In this historic stronghold of the PSOE (the PP only governed, thanks to an agreement with the IU, between 2011 and 2015), these two young brothers have embarked on a political career in which they say they handle the competition “very well”.
“We help each other in little details, not in the most important things. I ask him how you did this or that, and he does the same. Although our parties are different, we agree on many things”, says Miguel Ángel.
The interest in politics was earlier in Manuel, who has requested a permit from his work in Seville, in a company related to the world of art, to campaign.
“From a very young age I have had a certain curiosity about politics. At the age of 14 or 15 he was working in the neighborhoods of the town. I had a boss who told me ‘you are going to be mayor’”.
When he turned 18, he joined the PP. In the last elections he was number 6 on the list (the PP only got one councilor), and a few months ago he was proposed to be the candidate.
“I thought about it and decided to jump into the puddle. If the town was fine, I wouldn’t introduce myself,” he says as he tells how nearby towns have grown in recent years and his hasn’t.
A healthy rivalry
His brother, who works as a waiter, has also always had an interest in politics, although at home the subject was not discussed other than “any comment watching the news.”
In 2017 “by chance” he saw a Christmas card from Santiago Abascal “with Christian symbols” on social networks and began to follow him on Instagram.
“I saw that it was my party, it defended Christian values, the family, the right to life, against euthanasia, and I joined,” he says. Last year, the provincial leadership elected him the local coordinator of the “7 or 8” affiliates that the far-right formation has in the town.
“The decision to be a candidate has been easy, because local coordinators are supposed to run for mayor, so I have been aware for a year and a half,” he explains.
He has “a healthy rivalry” with his brother. “Sometimes we jokingly say I’m going to get more votes than you, not me,” she says.
But nothing that supposes a family problem by far, not even because the father closes the list of his candidacy with Vox.
“We have very good vibes,” say the two candidates and brothers and rivals for mayor. EFE