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Former Jalisco governor dumped by party, branded a ‘traitor’

Gonzalez is accused of openly supporting Enrique Alfaro, the Guadalajara mayoral candidate for the rival Citizens Movement (MC). 

Senior PAN officials claim to have photographs and audio corroborating the ex-governor’s backing for Alfaro, who was leading the race for mayor in the most recent poll. 

Gonzalez’s friendship with Alfaro is well documented, and many party members believe he secretly wanted the MC candidate to win the 2012 election for governor – and be his successor – rather than PAN candidate Fernando Guzman. 

Gonzalez may challenge his expulsion and has already written to PAN’s National President Gustavo Madero Muñoz, expressing his regret at the decision.

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Although proceedings to expel Gonzalaez have begun, the process is likely to take several months.