October 14th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) has appointed itself a new candidate for the 2014 presidential elections, after its candidate Rodolfo Hernandez resigned last Wednesday, October 9th, for the second time over the course of a week.
PUSC’s new candidate, Rodolfo Piza, is the former chief executive of the Social Security Fund and supported Hernandez in his bid for president. Piza was also a contender for his party’s nomination during the PUSC National Convention, but was defeated by Hernandez by a wide margin.
Piza must now represent a party that has been strongly criticized after former candidate Hernandez resigned his nomination twice in the course of a week.
Hernandez, a pediatrician and director of the National Children’s Hospital until a few months ago, appeared in late September in several polls as the opposition candidate most likely to beat the candidate of the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN), the former Mayor of San José, Johnny Araya.
In resigning, Hernandez said he never thought he would find “so much [drama], so much jealousy, so much selfishness, so much betrayal and disloyalty” in his own party.
The PUSC had only until Friday to register a replacement candidate for the Presidency of Costa Rica.