ROME. The first public confrontation between the four candidates for mayor of Rome is an “all against all”. So much so that Enrico Michetti (center-right) leaves him early. With him on stage the first citizen re-nominated Virginia Raggi (M5s), Roberto Gualtieri (Pd) and Carlo Calenda (Action).
The meeting, at the House of Architecture, begins in a cordial atmosphere. Among the topics on which the candidates are asked and to which they can respond in 5 minutes each are the Recovery Plan declined on the city, the role of the capital and the vision of the future of Rome. Shortly before the debate ends, a colorful question and answer is staged between Roberto Gualtieri and Carlo Calenda. And in protest Michetti leaves. “You are a circlebottista in giving equal blame to the Municipality and the Region,” attacks Gualtieri referring to the issue of waste. “I find it unusual to give the same responsibility to the Region and the Municipality of Rome on the issue of waste, it is a political-electoral cunning”, he explains. Calenda for his part replies: “I said that the waste crisis is also the responsibility of the Lazio Region, which does not have sufficient plants.” “They told me so many things, but he never ranks,” he then comments. In front of the exchange of words between the two, Michetti leaves the stage in protest: «It’s a brawl, I’m leaving. If you have five minutes each, you respect the rules and everyone expresses their position ”, he explains to the reporters before leaving the Casa dell’Architettura.
“Whoever goes away from a confrontation always loses”, the comment of the mayor Virginia Raggi. “It’s an election campaign confrontation, not a picnic,” Calenda’s.