The arrest of PSD’s Mayor of Craiova Olguta Vasilescu for bribe taking was a terrible blow for PSD, much bigger than its members were willing to openly show.
After PSD losing two of its strongest candidates for local elections in less than two weeks’ times, namely their nominee for the Mayoralty of Bucharest District 2, Neculai Ontanu, and Lia Olguta Vasilescu, the one the party wanted for a new term at the Mayoralty of Craiova, Social-Democrats are on the verge of nervous breakdown.
“We are systematically hunted and we take no measures. The news concerning Olguta was a shock to us and we only live in shocks”, an MP of PSD declared for Adevarul.
Under these circumstances, Social-Democrats demanded the PSD management to initiate unblock on the 20 draft laws destined to change the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, resting in the drawers of the Legal Committee. The opponent was the Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies, Valeriu Zgonea, the second-position man in PSD, who told his colleagues such thing could not be done.
“We had an unprecedented fight. The argument was nasty, it included plenty of swearing, although the girls were there, too: Rovana and Cati (Rovana Plumb, Ecaterina Andronescu, editor’s note). The scandal was too wild among us and we were arguing too loud to give Liviu Dragnea (photo) any chance to say something. He just stood there and listened to us. He was shocked, too, by what happened to Olguta and to our people”, sources within the PSD management declared for Adevarul.
The person to reopen discussions concerning the 20 draft laws destined to change criminal laws was PSD Deputy, Catalin Radulescu, convicted to one year and a half of prison and released on parole, a sentence that banned him from running for the new round of elections. “All PSD MPs were discontent. Ask Marius Manolache, Ciprian Nica, Professor Stanciu, Petre Daea. I can name you 25 people instantly”, Catalin Radulescu told the mentioned source.
Even PSD chair Liviu Dragnea admitted that Social-Democrat Mayors are increasingly worried.
“We have terrible regrets and plenty of reasons to be mad, but such things occur in life, too”, Dragnea declared, attempting to give the situation a softer twist and to ease tensions in the furious group.
As a result, Dragnea announced that the party was willing to give its candidates lessons on how to behave during the electoral campaign, to prevent them from ending up as targets for DNA prosecutors. Thus, for local elections due this summer, Social-Democrat candidates will receive a guide of “DON’T”s, instructing them what to avoid doing throughout the electoral campaign.
“This is why I announced today that I want us to accomplish conceiving a list of things not to be done, to make sure no candidate of ours attempts to do them, not that they could not be misunderstood as, unfortunately, there is an increasing number of people saying that laws are inaccurate. We are attempting to conceive some sort of a guide as, honestly, people are really concerned. There is this new law, as well, regulating the sponsoring of parties. There is a great amount of rigorousness and the law is good”, Dragnea declared, albeit being prosecuted, too, in the “Referendum frauds” file, on allegedly having organised ways to fraud the referendum of July 29, 2012.