Sunday 26 June 2011
The bus from San Blas dropped us off at the plaza in Aticama, amid throngs of people all sporting the red and white of the PRI party. They were waiting for Roberto Sandovar, the favourite running for governor of Nayarit. The mood was festive, with music blaring, flags waving and young and old caught up in the excitement of it all. Children were running around and dancing – showing off and generally entertaining the crowd until suddenly, like a turning tide, everyone rushed off to the roadside to greet the great man.
His trademark is a white cowboy hat and crisp white shirt, very dashing as he does his typical politician bit of holding up small children, shaking hands and back patting. He jumps up on the sea wall to a great cheer and hand on heart, promises the people what they came to hear. Surely, he must be a good guy because the man in the white hat always wins!