I don’t ask this lightly, but is there something seriously wrong with Enrique Peña Nieto?
Here he is in March 2011:
And here in three recent photographs:
Granted campaigning is hard on a person, and there wouldn’t be anything unusual about a man going gray rapidly at age 46 (or having dyed his hair during the campaign to present a youthful appearance as a candidate, but to opt for creating the image of a “mature” head of state). And, with the stress that has to come with the questions about his election… there might be some visible signs — although it wouldn’t be reassuring to his supporters to make note of the fact that the uncertainty is taking its toll.
But seriously… Mexican candidates aren’t under the microscope like U.S. candidates are and very few questions were raised about the private lives of any of the candidates. Or their health. Political journalist Rafael Loret de Mola mentioned back in October 2011 talk within the PRI about Peña Nieto’s “secret illness”… presumably prostate cancer.
While certainly a treatable illness, and certainly treatable in Mexico, it is known that Peña Nieto made at least 15 trips to Miami for medical treatment between January 2010 and February 2012. The PRI primary election was 5 February 2012, after which trips out of the country would have been more likely to be reported in the national press.
It should be pointed out that Loret de Mola is not a knee-jerk anti-PRI writer by any means. He has a family connection to the party, and his son, journalist and TV commentator Carlos Loret de Mola, has been widely criticized by the opposition parties and press as a cheerleader for Peña Nieto. Rafael’s father, also Carlos Loret de Mola, was a journalist turned politician, governor of the Yucatan running as a PRI candidate from 1970 to 1976. However, Rafael Loret de Mola has always contended that his father’s death in 1986 was not a car accident, but the assassination of a dissident PRI leader.