Former Sao Paulo Governor João Doria (PSDB) announced on Monday (23) the withdrawal of his pre-candidacy for the presidency. Doria encountered internal resistance in the PSDB and the parties of the so-called Third Way and made this declaration in a speech in the southern region of São Paulo.
“As for this year’s election, I am withdrawing from the race with a broken heart, but with a light spirit,” Doria said.
Toukan’s decision was announced the day before the Social Democratic Party’s executive board meeting to determine how the party will position itself in the October presidential race.
Read Doria’s full speech below.
This is an important statement. Today is the day of answers, but it is also the day of questions. People always ask me why did I leave a comfortable life for my successful companies to get into politics?
I am the son of a politician who was deposed by the military coup of 64. My father, like me, began his life poor, but fought, worked and made a comfortable life, the owner of one of the largest advertising agencies in Brazil. Until the day he decided to fight for a better Brazil, inspired by Franco Montoro.
In it, there was an urgent need to serve the Brazilian people, to fight inequality and social injustice. My father Doria was elected a federal deputy, and in April 1964, he was impeached by a military coup. He lost his political rights and all his possessions and was forced to live in exile. Two of these ten years of exile, my brother Raul and my mother, Maria Silvia, were at my father’s side.
Inspired by his ideals and also motivated by Franco Montoro, she collaborated with public life from an early age. With Mario Covas, I was the Minister of Tourism for São Paulo. Because of the successful management, I was invited to head the Embratur, which was symbolically created by a bill penned by my father in the Chamber. As an activist and activist, I organized, at the request of Franco Montoro, the historic Diritas Já March on January 25, 1984, here in São Paulo.
With dedication and hard work, she has been able to build a solid career in the private sector and have created a successful business conglomerate.
In 2015, the height of a brutal recession that decimated jobs, soared inflation and shattered dreams. Nothing is very different from what we face today. Dissatisfied, he follows the economic measures of an incompetent government and embezzlement of public money.
In 2016, following in the footsteps of my father, I decided to run for election. In the PSDBShe participated in three elections: for mayor, governor, and president. The only three primaries in the party’s history. I won the primaries in 2016. Shortly after, I won the mayoral election for the largest city in the country in the first round. An unprecedented event in the political history of São Paulo.
I keep the best memories at City Hall and I keep the best memories of my friend Bruno Covas.
I am proud to clear the exam waiting list in health centers, with the unprecedented Corujão da Saúde. We serve displaced populations through shelters, and restore squares, roads and streets. We encourage greater inclusion of disadvantaged children in resizing day care centers and municipal schools. We have launched franchise programs for Parque do Ibirapuera, Pacaembu and Anhembi, among other significant achievements of the city.
In 2018, I participated again and won the PSDB To elect the governor of the state of São Paulo. Once again, I won the playoffs and I won the election, after being elected governor of São Paulo.
I am proud that I have implemented transformational management in the state, even by opponents. In the face of the historical challenge of the epidemic, I have personally committed to bringing 124 million doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 to Brazil. I tried to do the right thing. We save lives and the economy.
Under this pandemic, Sao Paulo has grown 5 times more than Brazil, creating a third of all new jobs in the country. Across the national territory, the vaccine was a sign of hope, saving millions of Brazilians. We won with science, hate speech, fake news, and denial.
Just as I left City Hall, when I left the leadership of the city in the hands of the late Bruno Covas, this time I left the government of São Paulo in good hands. Rodrigo Garcia is doing a job that started with an all-star team. This will surely give him victory in this year’s elections. Rodrigo will be re-elected as governor of São Paulo.
In December of last year, I ran in the party primaries to be a presidential candidate and won it again.
Here is my gratitude to the Brazilians from the city of São Paulo who gave me over 3 million votes in the city council. And about 11 million votes for the government of Sao Paulo. And to more than 17 thousand fighters PSDB Who chose me as their candidate for the post of President of Brazil.
I also thank the more than 6 million Brazilians who, in public opinion polls, have already expressed their intention to vote for my name for President even before the start of the election campaign.
Brazil needs an alternative to offer to voters who do not want to be radicalised. They do not want those who have been embroiled in corruption scandals or those who have failed to save lives. He failed to save the economy and this is a disgrace to our country all over the world.
For this task, I made my name available for the party. Today, on May 23, quietly I understand that I am not of the dome’s choice PSDB. I accept this fact with my head held high. I am a man who respects compatibility, dialogue and balance. I have always sought and will continue to seek consensus even if it is against my personal will.
The PSDB She’ll know how to make the best decision about her position in this year’s election. Withdraw from the dispute with a wounded heart, but with a light spirit. With an unmistakable sense of duty accomplished, job well done. With good management and no corruption.
I leave with gratitude and the certainty that everything I did was for the benefit of a collective model for Paulistanos, Paulistas and the Brazilians. I leave when I entered politics: full of ideas, with a soul full of hope and a beating heart. Confident in the strength of the Brazilian people who believe in life and believe in God.
I apologize for the errors. If I’ve gotten past it, it’s because I wanted to get it right. If you overdo it, it is because of the rush to do it to the fullest. If you speed up it is because of the urgency that public procedures require. The successes were the result of teamwork. From the boldness, courage and purpose I feel from the quest. Always, always do what needs to be done well. Respect and work. Make the impossible possible. This is my motto and I take it with me wherever I go.
I thank my fierce team, the party members who always defended me, those who fought on my side, who were loyal and defended the internal democracy of the party and defended freedom and equality in Brazil as I do.
I also thank my collaborators who have been with me in the city council and in the state government. who were committed to historical results. Together we achieve it. I also thank activists PSDBExtraordinary warriors who never left me. I thank God for the character he has always given me. For the ability to work and a sense of justice and peace in the heart.
I also thank my family, Pia, my dear children Johnny, Philippe and Carolina, and my dear brother Raul, who is here with my wife, Pia. I have a beautiful family, I want to keep that family.
I also thank all the true friends who have always supported me in all my decisions. Finally, I remember here the beautiful poem attributed to Cora Coralina: “My eyes have more floor than the fatigue of my legs. More hope is in my steps than sorrow on my shoulder. More path in my heart than fear in my head.”
I will follow. I will continue as a quiet observer of my country. Always on hand to fight the war you were called to. In public life or in private life. God bless Brazil.
Thanks a lot. see you soon.