By David Agren / The Guardian
Jaime Rodríguez, the cowboy-politician who earlier this year became Mexico’s first independent state governor, has promised to pursue more than 100 corruption cases in the northern state of Nuevo León.
Speaking in the state capital, Monterrey, “El Bronco” announced plans to reorganize the state attorney general’s office to focus on corruption cases and reeled off a list of government agencies open to investigations: the local metro, waterworks, public works and finance departments, along with projects undertaken by his predecessor.
“We have the delicate task of pursuing crimes of corruption,” he said. “This is something new in the country.”
His tough-talking ways are attracting national attention and putting him in position to challenge for the presidency in 2018 as an outsider candidate.
Yet analysts say corruption in Mexico is less a canker in the body politic than a structural component of the political system. And a key part of that system is the state governors – like “El Bronco” – who over the past 20 years have gained enough autonomy to allow them to ride roughshod over any attempts at keeping them accountable.