Brother will re­place slain can­di­date in Mex­i­can vote

Austin American-Statesman - - THURSDAY BRIEFING -

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.

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