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Arturo Zaldívar resigns from the Supreme Court
Back in July, I wrote about Mexican Supreme Court Justice Arturo Zaldívar's very public obsession with Taylor Swift. On Tuesday (November 7, 2023), Zaldívar resigned from his position on the Supreme Court. But not in order to devote more time to standing in line to buy Taylor Swift concert tickets. Instead, Zaldívar resigned from his 14-year position a year shy of his term ending in order to join Claudia Sheinbaum's campaign team as Sheinbaum pursues her candidacy to be the next President of Mexico (I've previously written about Sheinbaum here, here, and here).
"I think she is an educated, intelligent, committed and sensitive woman, who I have no doubt will be a great president of Mexico", Zaldívar said of Sheinbaum. Zaldívar stated that he will not seek public office again, desiring instead to focus on what he calls a "political-social project" to serve those who "have the least and need the most". Zaldívar sees in Sheinbaum a leader who shares his values and intentions to help make Mexico a better place for those who have been less served economically and socially by Mexico's ruling class.
Claudia Sheinbaum's leading opponent - Xóchitl Gálvez (who I've written about here) - has meanwhile characterized Zaldívar's joining up with Sheinbaum as a publicity stunt, something meant to enhance Sheinbaum's image and make her appear more relevant. Gálvez jokingly states that Sheinbaum had to bring a "TikToker" from the Supreme Court onto her team in order to make herself look more charismatic.
To my eyes, Mexico's 2024 Presidential election stands in stark contrast to that of the United States. Whereas the election in the U.S. is so far a depressing circus of inept and/or sociopathic men chomping at the bit to see who can do the most damage to the most people, Mexico's election season is actually kind of optimistic, engaging and fun.
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