EL PAÍS and MyNews interviewed this Friday the Republicans candidate for the City of São Paulo, Celso Russomanno, as part of a series of sabatines with the postulants in charge of the largest city in the 2020 municipal elections. In the conversation, broadcast in real time on the newspaper’s website and on the THE COUNTRY e do MyNews on YouTube, Russomanno rejected the general social isolation policy implemented to contain the pandemic. He said that, if elected, he will apply “vertical removal”, a type of measures that aims to protect and restrict the circulation of members of risk groups, something that is rejected by the experts. “We will take care of the elderly, the disabled, those who are prone to chronic diseases,” he said. See the entire conversation in the video above.
Since 1994, Russomanno has been elected federal deputy six times, by PSDB, PPB (who became PP), PRB and Republicans. He tried the Government of São Paulo in 2010, but was defeated in the first round by Geraldo Alckmin, and is in the third attempt at the city hall of the capital. This time, he leads the race, according to the latest research, and has as an asset the support of President Jair Bolsonaro. On Saturday, the candidate promised to create an emergency income program because of the pandemic, called “São Paulo aid”. According to him, the amount will come from the renegotiation of the debt of the City of São Paulo with the Union.
Russomanno also answered questions about his statement that homeless people would be more resistant to covid-19. He ignored consideration of the underreporting of death among the street population caused by the pandemic and insisted that it is “science” that has to answer the reasons for this supposedly greater resistance from the street people that he sees. “I am not contesting science. I’m asking for science. ”
At the hearing of EL PAÍS and MyNews, 11 of the candidates for the command of the largest city in the country answered questions, with a presentation by Mara Luquet and the participation of journalists from this newspaper and the online news channel. They have already been Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), Orlando silva (PCdoB), Jilmar Tatto (PT), Joice Hasselmann (PSL), Márcio França (PSB), Filipe Sabará (New) and Marina Helou (Network). This Friday marks the end of the interviews. Before Russomanno, earlier, it was the turn of Arthur do Val (Patriot). Mayor Bruno Covas (PSDB) also answered questions. This Friday, at 6 pm, Andrea Matarazzo (PSD) will participate in the sabbatical.