PSD Iasi Vice President Ovidiu Laicu claims that MEP Catalin Ivan (photo) lacks the legitimacy to talk about a new construct within PSD, because he was excluded from the party and only seeks “to compromise and destroy the strongest party in Romania.” Laicu is asking the leadership of PSD Iasi to clarify, once and for all, the fact that Ivan is no longer a party member.
In a press release, PSD Iasi Vice President Ovidiu Laicu claims that the “opportunistic idler” Catalin Ivan is misleading the public opinion and “is talking about an imaginary political construct,” against the backdrop in which he is no longer a party member.
“Numerous PSD branches from Iasi County have transmitted signals of revolt and indignation concerning the latest statements made by this MEP excluded from PSD, who seeks only to compromise and destroy the strongest political party in Romania. He has been MEP for eight years and during this time he has done nothing but collect a monthly wage of almost 10,000 euro. He no longer represents anything in local or national politics, but he desperately clings to PSD. After he will no longer be MEP, in 2019, Catalin Ivan will have to start working, to look for a job, because 10 years spent collecting huge wages without doing anything are not enough and without having a resume that recommends him,” PSD Iasi Vice President Ovidiu Laicu stated.
At the same time, he considers that, in order to put an end to this “cheap comedy,” the leadership of the party branch “must clarify, once and for all, the fact that Ivan has no legitimacy to consider himself a PSD member.”
“Any tarrying in this sense can only harm the county branch and the party in general, giving this impostor and anti-PSD propagandist the opportunity to endlessly denigrate the party that took him out of anonymity and thanks to which he has stuffed [his pockets] with money by holding the political offices of local councillor, county councillor and MEP, but also by collecting administrative board indemnities,” PSD Iasi Vice President Ovidiu Laicu added.
On Friday, MEP Catalin Ivan wrote on Facebook that he is working on a new political project for PSD, within the party, considering that one is not allowed to criticise unless one offers an alternative solution. He criticised PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, on numerous occasions, for the “closed, authoritarian verging on dictatorial” way in which he leads the party.
Catalin Ivan was on the party member list of PSD’s branch in Dobrovat commune. He was excluded from PSD two years ago but his situation is yet to be clarified.