Brother will replace slain candidate in Mexican vote
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — The brother of a gubernatorial candidate assassinated in northern Mexico was named Wednesday to run as his replacement in this weekend’s election.
Egidio Torre, older brother of slain candidate Rodolfo Torre, said he consulted with his family before agreeing to fill in as the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s candidate for governor of Tamaulipas state, across the border from South Texas.
“I have accepted to be the substitute candidate for governor of the state of Tamaulipas despite the profound pain,” he said at a news conference. “I’m inspired by my brother’s death.”
Torre, 53, an engineer and real estate developer with little political experience, said he wants to fulfill his brother’s campaign promises.
“All Tamaulipans have to preserve his aspirations and keep alive the dream presented by an extraordinary man,” Torre said.
Gunmen ambushed Rodolfo Torre’s vehicle Monday as he headed to the airport in Ciudad Victoria, capital of Tamaulipas.
Rodolfo Torre, whose name will appear on Sunday’s ballots, was viewed as the frontrunner in the Tamaulipas governor’s contest.
Eleven other Mexican states will also elect governors Sunday amid a wave of attacks and threats from drug gangs.