Who is Reyes Maroto? The PSOE minister for Madrid, unknown to half the population

The PSOE has not won the elections in Madrid capital since 1987. Currently the Socialists are the fourth political force in the Madrid City Hall, after More Madrid, PP and Cs. In 2019, with Pepu Hernández at the helm, they obtained their worst historical result. The challenge facing the current Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, maroto kings it is uppercase. In the first place, it must face the task of improving its knowledge by the public.

According to the last barometer of the Center for Sociological Research (CIS), published on October 1, Maroto is only known by 49.6% of the population. It is in the lower middle part of the table, having eight ministers with even less knowledge of the 22 members of the Government. It occupies a similar position in terms of valuation. The average score of the aforementioned barometer is 3.96. He also has eight other ministers below him.

In the PSOE they consider that the options in the municipal elections to defeat the mayor of the PP, Jose Luis Martinez Almeida, They are open. They would have to add, yes, with Más Madrid, a party that currently has the clear hegemony of the left in the city. In fact, they were the party with the most votes in 2019, with the candidacy of Manuela Carmena. The intention of the Socialists is for Maroto to face a medium-term project without giving up anything. In other words, if they do not reach the municipal government, the minister will remain in the opposition.

Moncloa and the PSOE have turned this Monday to defending and supporting Maroto. Up to six ministers have accompanied her at an event on Tourism organized by Europe Press. There she has finally verbalized what was already an open secret. And that in fact the PSOE itself had leaked and confirmed hours before to the media. In this way, several ministers who have had interventions in morning interviews have been able to pronounce themselves clearly on the matter.

For example, the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, describes it as “political ant”. The third vice-president, Teresa Ribera, has affirmed that this is “great news” because she has “the energy, the capacity, the heart and the will to conquer us all in these elections to the Madrid City Council”. Sánchez had already publicly blessed her last Thursday in an interview on The sixth.

Maroto was born in 1973 in the Valladolid town of Medina del Campo. But He has spent almost all his political and personal life in Madrid. He currently resides in Alcorcón. She has a degree in Economics. Until May 2015, she was an adviser to the Association of Socialist MEPs. Previously, he worked at Fundación Ideas (2011-2013), at International Financial Analysts (2005-2010), at Quasar Technical Assistance (2003-2005) and at the Foundation for Applied Economics Studies (Fedea) (1998-2003). , and as a Professor at the Carlos III University.

The minister is familiar with Madrid politics, in this case at regional level, in 2015. She was deputy in the Assembly of Madrid where he was at the forefront as spokesman for Budgets, Economy, Employment and Finance, indebtedness and public management of the Community of Madrid. In 2018 he left the regional chamber at the call of the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, to be part of the Council of Ministers in the first Socialist Executive after the motion of censure against Mariano Rajoy.

In 2021, the socialist candidate for the Community of Madrid, Angel Gabilondo He announced that I would be his economic vice president if I managed to win the elections. The comfortable victory of Isabel Díaz Ayuso closed that possibility. She has remained in her post as Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism ever since. And it seems that she will do so until practically the beginning of the electoral campaign, that is, probably in April.

It remains to be seen definitely if it will have rivals in the primaries. On November 21, the candidacies presented must be formally announced. During the last weeks there had been speculation about the possibility that Mar Espinar, current socialist spokesman in the City Council, would take the step. Councilor Enma López was also in the spotlight. Both have given their support to Maroto, which removes, except for surprise, a competition in the ranks of a Madrid socialism very accustomed to this type of dispute.

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